TEACHING children about God in a state primary school is the most rewarding experience you can ever have teaching about the beautiful stories of the bible of both the Old and the New testaments.
Sharing with the children the wonderful stories of God’s love for them and witnessing their joyful smiling happy faces looking at us in wonderment as we sing songs and say prayers together.
My wife and I are volunteer religious education teachers and we teach Year 3 children in two separate classes for one hour a week.
My wife is the teacher and I am her helper, and we work as a team helping the children to understand the meanings of the bible stories and instilling in them in a gentle way the purpose of these stories.
The colouring worksheets or puzzles that the children are given to complete relates to the story of that day.
We are amazed sometimes at how much they have taken in.
There are not many Catholics in our local community doing this work and, when you consider that about 50 per cent of Catholic parents send their children to state schools, there is a great need to make them aware of the Christian message right from Year 1.
We all have an obligation as Christians to go out in the world to be witnesses and preach the Gospel about Jesus and his saving love for us.
We endorse the remarks made about religious education teaching in state schools by Carole Danby, the ministry education officer with Brisbane archdiocese’s Youth and Children’s Ministry Team (CL 17/2/08) and we ask that good Catholic men and women of faith think about doing this work for the love of God.
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