Sunday, May 10, 2015

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!

Today we reviewed the meaning of the words to the Doxology, which is sung after the Offering. Your students are fabulous singers and enjoy participating in church songs!

Gloria Patri

Virtually every child knew the words to this song, even when it was played to different tunes!  Way to go parents!

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Our class studied the story of the hymn "Amazing Grace!" written by John Newton.  First we watched a video presentation of the story behind the song, which is set to bagpipes.  Then we followed one of the many versions published to youtube and sung by Judy Collins.  This version is with lyrics and is used for educational purposes only.  Please enjoy and sing often!

This is the story behind the song:

This version has lyrics that you can sing along with.

Facts about the Bible

Today's class we studied some VERY important bible facts.  Our industrious students are eager learners about the bible.  How many books?  What's the longest book?  The shortest book?  See which of these facts YOU know:

How many books are in the Bible?

The Bible contains 66 books, divided among the Old and New Testaments.

How many books are in the Old Testament?

There are 39 books in the Old Testament.   Remember 3 as 1st number &  
(3 x 3 =9)>39

How many books are in the New Testament?

There are 27 books in the New Testament.  Remember 39 from above and 
(3 x 9 = 27)

What does "testament" mean?

Testament means "covenant" or "contract."

Who wrote the Bible?

The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by over 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book.

Which single author contributed the most books to the Old Testament?

Moses. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, referred to as the Pentateuch; the foundation of the Bible.

Which single author contributed the most books to the New Testament?

The Apostle Paul, who wrote 14 books (over half) of the New Testament.

When was the Bible written?

It was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1450 B.C. (the time of Moses) to about 100 A.D. (following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ).

What is the longest book in the Bible?

The book of Psalms. (150 of them!)

What is the shortest book in the Bible?

2 John.

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 119

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 117

What is the longest verse in the Bible?

Esther 8:9

What is the shortest verse in the Bible?

John 11:35 "Jesus Wept."

Which book in the Bible does not mention the word "God?"

The book of Esther.

Who was the oldest man that ever lived?

Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27).

Who were the two men in the Bible who never died but were caught up to heaven?

Enoch, who walked with God and was no more (Genesis 5:22-24). Elijah, who was caught up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:11).

Who does the Bible say was the meekest man in the Bible (not including Jesus)?

Moses (Numbers 12:3).

Is the Bible still the best-selling book in the world?


Do You Know Your Books of the Bible?

Last year Graham taught all the elementary students the books of the bible through song.  After diligently searching on you tube, I found this version of the song, with the Old AND New Testament books added.  Now it is presented to you to practice at home!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Food and Tools for Missions

Your children have asked to collect funds for Chickens - $25.  They did that.  Now they are collecting for Farming Tools and Seeds.  I will put the bucket out for their spare change each week.

If Parents have a business that is conducive to requesting donations, we will gladly provide you with a collection can as well!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Learning those Memory Verses! Psalm 23

Yes, that's right!  Our class is learning Psalm 23.  In class this week we practiced reading this short, six verse psalm, which is a staple in the store of knowledge of many students.

Suggestion:  Print the following on a piece of paper.  Have your child fold the paper and keep it under their pillows.  Read it with them every night like their evening prayers.

Psalm 23 Good News Translation (GNT)

The Lord Our Shepherd

23 The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in fields of green grass
    and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.
He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths,
    as he has promised.
Even if I go through the deepest darkness,
    I will not be afraid, Lord,
    for you are with me.
Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me.
You prepare a banquet for me,
    where all my enemies can see me;
you welcome me as an honored guest
    and fill my cup to the brim.
I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life;
    and your house will be my home as long as I live.