In the fall of 2014, our Good News Club enrollment exceeded 50, and our team asked the school to provide space for two separate Clubs: one for children in grades K-2 and one for grades 3-5. The younger club was very high-energy—and questions often addressed issues that arise in the minds of youngsters who have very active imaginations. In short, we were not always sure that these young children were focused on what we were teaching.
As the page filled, I began to think that these young children really were better equipped to share the gospel message than the members of my adult Bible study group.
One day, we talked about the effect of Pentecost on the disciples. We told the children that the disciples had been staying inside and keeping to themselves, but after they Holy Spirit came upon them, they went into the city and boldly told everyone about Jesus. Our curriculum suggested that we ask our children what they knew about Jesus from the lessons in the Good News Club—the messages that they could share with others that don’t know very much about Jesus.
I was prepared with a flip chart and a marker and asked this young group (almost all under the age of 8) to tell me what they knew about Jesus. I was not expecting to get a profound response from this wiggly, distracted group. I started writing in large letters, but soon learned that they had really been listening—and they were really “getting it.” As the page filled, I began to think that these young children really were better equipped to share the gospel message than the members of my adult Bible study group. I wrote down everything they said and they produced a solid list of gospel truths.
This chart is one of my most precious possessions.
Contributed by: Judy Mooers, Northumberland GNC