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Requirements for being a True Light Children Ministry's teaching staff

1. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN! - John 3:1-21
You must have been COMMITTED and BAPTISED Christian for at least one year.
"I tell you the truth, no man can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." John 3:3

‍2. YOU MUST HAVE A CONSISTENT WALK WITH THE LORD - James 1:2-8 & Ephesians 4:14-16
No roller coaster lifestyle. Must have CONSISTENT attendence at True Light Christian Church for at least six months to be a teacher, and three months to be a helper.
"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching . . . " Ephesians 4:14

‍3. YOU MUST HAVE A TRUE LOVE FOR KIDS - Matthew 18:10
The children are just as important as adults and should be treated with the same priority. Their needs, desires, disappointments and plans are as intensely felt as ours. They should be treated with love and respect. No person should fill a teachers spot simply because there is a need, but because God is calling you, and with His calling He will enable you. That means that He will shower you with a love to teach and a love for each and every child. With God's Agape love we can love them all, the lovable and the unlovable. Love is a natural attribute when one is walking with the Lord. 1 Corinthians 13 & Matthew 18:10-14

4. You must be FAITHFUL, RESPONSIBLE and TEACHABLE!
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones: for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 18:10


Duties Of A Helper


The duties of a Sunday School Helper, although often thought of as a "behind the lines" position is a much needed and understaffed ministry. The helper's position carries great significance in the spiritual lives of the children and is as important as the job of the teachers they support.

‍Helpers should be ready and available for the following duties:


•Responsible to be in class approximately 10 minutes ahead of class time to assist the teachers in making copies, providing coloring materials, general materials for class use, etc. Plug in a music tape and start preparing the classroom.
•Greet the parents, they need to know who you are. Position yourself at the door of the classroom. Check in and assign seating for each student.
•Provide classroom discipline FOR THE CHILDREN, shush the talkers, suppress distractions from the classroom, the teacher needs their undivided attention.
•Help the kids out with their various craft projects, etc. Out job is to equip them. Help them with their reading of class materials and Bible verses. Teach them to be good listeners.
•Monitor bathroom requests! Normally a child can go for three hours on the playground without using the restroom, they can certainly handle 1 1/2 hours in a classroom so screen these requests carefully. BE FLEXIBLE FOR EMERGENCIES - ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUNG ONES. MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO HAVE PARENTS TAKE CARE OF THIS NEED PRIOR TO CHECK-IN.


•Interface with the parents after class. It's our job to let the parents know how their children are doing in Sunday School. If there's a discipline problem, now is the time to let the parents know what to work on at home. Again, we don't do this to get back at the kids, we do it for the kids.

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up." - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10


Inappropriate Actions By Children's Ministry Staff

‍AT NO TIME IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO EVER SPANK A CHILD!
Not even your own, during class time! If YOUR OWN children are in your class
you must discipline them in private.‍


NEVER yell at a child.‍


DON'T USE SCRIPTURE AS A WHIP.
Scripture IS to correct, reprove, and train, (II Timothy 3:16) BUT it should be used to bring healing, not sadness. Your
attitude in using scripture and delivery of it is the determining factor.


Steps to Discipline

This sequence of steps may be helpful to some of our new teachers. This is only a guideline to help you remember and know a plan of action to follow should you have any occurrences which require discipline.


We do caution you to use your personal judgment and grace.

‍First Offense: WARNING
A verbal warning with a reminder of the rules or rule broken. And warn them they may have to do a time out next time.

‍Second Offense: TIME OUT - (5 MIN.)
Follow through. They have been made aware of the classroom rules. If they continue to disobey they know it and need to see that the rules ARE enforced.
Normally Head down at their desk.

‍Third Offense: REMOVAL FROM DISTRACTIONS
This Time-out is to get the teacher a much needed break from the source of distraction. Send child to the back of the Class and ask them to sit at the "thinking chair". Take as long as you need to tell your story, or re-capture the class attention.

‍Fourth Offense: REMOVAL FROM CLASS
Direct the offender to a chair outside of your class, for the remainder of the class time, or the remainder of the teaching time. Helper must accompnay the child while outside (At your discretion.)

‍Fifth Offense: CONFERENCE WITH PARENTS/PARENT
Give all information to your Coordinator or Children's Ministry Director for further action. Parents should always be notified of any misbehavior resulting in even the first Time-out, (Second offense). They need and should desire this information. Some will understand your need for order in your classroom and support and even appreciate this information, others however will not. But it is our responsibility to inform the parents of their children's misbehavior.



Some tips and quick solutions to class room problems

NOISY CLASSROOM:
•Silent treatment, arms folded, tapping foot, etc.
•Some teachers have as a classroom rule some known sign the teachers give which means the class is too loud and to cease all talking immediately or punishment begins . . . . This sign could be a finger on the lips or, a finger in the air, etc.
•Add on class time!


‍FRIENDS TALKING:
•Separate. Isolation (child sits out in hall silently for 10 minutes).
•Continued problems should be brought to the attention of the parents. If this is your intention and you inform the child, follow through!


‍CLASS CLOWN:

•If you have determined that you have a "Class Clown" you must understand that attention and laughter of his/her classmates is his/her sole motivation for his/her behavior in class. In order to achieve gratification (Laughter and disruption) he/she must be visible. First try time-outs, off by him/herself. If this does not deter your clown, try a session or two in the hall way with a helper. If you do not have a class helper, one will be made available to assist you in getting this child under control. In extreme cases, as a last resort, a brief expulsion may be necessary, but only after discussing with your Coordinator of Children's Ministry Director and the
parents.


‍THE BOSSY CHILD:
•The signs of a bossy child; Usually a regular attendee or new is familiar with classroom rules but continues to talk out of turn, usually offering suggestions as to what to do. Tattles. Get out of seat. Helps without being called upon. This child wants to be in charge of your classroom. Don't allow it! Consistent enforcement of the policies is required. Give this child an inch and they 'll keep on going.