After much consideration, it has been decided that there will be no Children's Christian Education (CE) during this semester. Thank you so much to our teachers and David White for creating a wonderful Virtual CE this past semester. As it takes much time and energy to get the virtual lessons up and running, we have decided to give that medium a rest, for now. However, we are so grateful that we can see one another and worship together in person and online. CE Teachers and children/parents are encouraged to say hello on Sundays and to call or write letters to each other. Below is a list of resources that you can use at home as you love and minister to your children. Please contact email@example.com for Children's CE Teacher contact information or with any questions or concerns. Resource Information can also be found on the Children's Table outside of the Sanctuary. Our covenant children are dear to our hearts and we are praying for them and our families. Please let us know how we can serve you.
*NOTE: Pastor Mitchell Carter has overlooked/studied the resources listed below. While they may not be perfect, they are fantastic in supplementing the ministering of Christ that you already give to your children. Please feel free to contact him with any questions that you may have. firstname.lastname@example.org
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
Trinity Presbyterian Church Sunday Bulletins for Children- There are Children's Bulletins available each Sunday for the Worship Service. One is for Younger Children and another for Older Children (Young Worshipers YW). Hard copies of these are on the "Tools for Young Worshipers Table" outside of the Sanctuary. They can also be accessed online at https://www.trinitymboro.com/bulletin-archives
Foundations Of The Christian Faith Volume 1 by Trinity Presbyterian Church Children’s Ministry- This curriculum was written for in class room teaching. However, it can easily be adapted to a home setting. The focus is Scripture memory with the understanding that people have varying paces for mastering memorization. While that is a goal, the overall bigger picture is to expose and plant seeds of foundational Scripture within the child’s heart. Parent Edition and Student Books can be found on the Children’s Resource Table Outside of the Sanctuary.
Pastor Brandon’s Neighborhood Videos by Trinity Presbyterian Church Children’s Ministry- These lessons can be paired with the above listed Foundations Of The Christian Faith Volume 1 curriculum by Trinity Presbyterian Church Children’s Ministry. Click https://www.trinitymboro.com/virtual-christian-education to be taken to the link that is found on the Virtual CE Page as well as the Children’s Ministry Page on the church website.
Music Lessons with Mrs. Debbie Dunn by Trinity Presbyterian Church Children’s Ministry- Music is a great way to learn and retain information. Links to Music can be found for younger as well as older children at https://www.trinitymboro.com/virtual-christian-education
Children’s Story Bibles
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
- 26 chapters, very 30,000 foot overview
The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung
- 10 longish chapters, also very much an overview
The Gospel Story Bible by Marty Machowski
- 156 one-page stories, covers quite a few more stories than the above; he also tries to do a bit more “interpretation” of the stories (usually in the final paragraph), most of the time these are good but sometimes they seem unnecessary (you can also just skip past that part)
What Every Child Should Know about Prayer by Nancy Guthrie
What Every Child Should Know about God by Kenneth Taylor
The Church History ABCs by Stephen Nichols
Christian Biographies for Young Readers Series by Simonetta Carr
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- These are songs for kids by a few of the women who contributed to the Indelible Grace albums (who are conservative Presbyterian and Reformed Anglican). They are done excellently and also have really great content.
- These are done by Randall Goodgame, who is a Reformed Anglican and does some work with Andrew Peterson. They have a bit more of a sing-along, kiddish feel to them. But several of them teach your kids Scripture memory verbatim, which is really cool.
- This is a new series from the creator of Veggie Tales (Phil Vischer). In this interview, Vischer tells how he realized that Veggie Tales were teaching kids how to live like Christians without teaching them the content of the Christian Faith. This series is an attempt to do that in a fun and engaging way. Mitchell has watched a few of them, read several reviews, and thinks there is a lot of really good stuff in them. They don’t come from a Reformed perspective (although Vischer says the ESV Study Bible was a major influence as he worked on these), so there may be a few things that you need to further process with your kids. However, all in all, this is a really great series to watch with your kids if you want them to understand God’s word better.
Resources for Parents
How Our Children Come to Faith by Stephen Smallman
- This is a short, 30-page booklet that talks about raising our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It is by a longtime PCA pastor, so it directly addresses how we do this for our covenant children (who are members of the church by baptism). Because it’s short, much more could be said. But I think this is one of the best resources I’ve read for a big picture view of this task.
A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home by Jason Helopoulos
- This is by a PCA pastor in Michigan who gives the why, the what, and the how of family worship (a.k.a. family devotions). It is short (109 small pages), and he also works hard to make things simple. If you are struggling with how to lead your family spiritually, this is a great resource. He also wrote two introductory articles on the top that are free (hereand here).
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp