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Sunday School

Sunday school is the earliest opportunity to begin formally teaching the fundamentals of a child’s faith by dedicated teachers who are voluntary helpers in this area of the work of God.  Sunday school tuition forms an integral part of the spiritual care of the children of the New Apostolic Church.  Lessons generally take place after the Sunday morning divine service however this should be confirmed by contacting your nearest congregation.  Details of all congregations in the Australia district can be found in the Locations section.

A child's Sunday school career begins at the age of 6 and spans the following courses as the child progresses through the curriculum:

  • a four year Sunday school course (Age 6 to 10)
  • a three year Religious Instruction course (Age 10 to 13)
  • a one year Confirmation course which run consecutively.

The curriculum has been developed by an international team commissioned by the Chief Apostle.  This was designed to meet the needs of the developmental stage of the children in each course.  The content of each lesson is scripturally based with a contemporary application so that the children are able to experience their faith.

The Sunday school teachers are appointed according to the needs of each individual congregation. In addition to the formal lessons, a wide range of activities are also introduced into the Sunday school calendar.  During these activities the children develop their relationships with other children as well as the teachers. 

Religious Instruction

Religious instruction has to do with the history of the kingdom of God from ancient times to today as it relates to the children’s life of faith.  Their faith is to be deepened, their knowledge promoted, and the coherence in God’s wonderful plan of salvation and redemption explained.  All of this will increase their joy to be a child of God.

The religious instruction classes are part of a comprehensive New Apostolic education process within the parental home and in the congregation.  The objectives and contents of the religious instruction lessons are brought out in a manner enabling the children to establish a connection with situations in their own life.

Confirmation

For the teenage child, the program of religious instruction is replaced by confirmation classes.  After the confirmation course has been completed at the age of 14, the child is then ready to enter adult Christian life through the making of a public vow to God on his/her day of Confirmation. 

Children’s Choir and Musical Activities

The foundation for future musical development is also laid into our children during their time in Sunday school.  All children are exposed to choir singing in Sunday school, and are also encouraged to learn to play a musical instrument which is aimed at developing their ability to play in the congregation orchestra. Children's choirs sing in some divine services and on various other occasions.

 

 

Special Divine Services for Children

Special divine services are held for the Sunday school children to teach them about their faith in a surrounding that is more familiar to children and at a level that is directed to their understanding and retention period.

 

 

 

Social Activities

Activities outside of the church grounds are often organised to allow children to enjoy time together in a more social environment.  This is essential to the development of the children as youth and into adult hood.  These activities are generally organised within the congregations however this may also occur on a large sub-district level.
 

* To enjoy some online activities and quizzes go to -

http://www.twopaths.com/biblequizzes.html

http://www.nac-usa.org/outreach/Kids/BibleStory.asp

 

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