Today was the third in a week of assemblies at Mold Alun High School. The theme of the assemblies is around the scripture from Ecclesiastes 4 Verse 17 which says "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken." The assembly started with an illustration of strength: Wendy told the pupils how she has been working out recently to build her muscles up so she can beat her friends at a tug-of-war and so I was ready at one end of the rope and she at the other.
Open the Book assembly
There's a lot to learn when it comes to working in schools. Knowing the Bible and being passionate about sharing the gospel is a great place to start, but the more skills we can develop as educators, the better we can engage learners with the material we deliver, and the more likely they are to develop their own understanding of God's plan for His world and for them individually. Using a variety of teaching and learning approaches is vital for effective work to take place.
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This week I've been teaching Bible Explorer Lessons with Year 5 at Ysgol Glanrafon.
Hannah's latest craft, the fab Ark of the Covenant (left), was a huge hit. The lessons are really fast paced and energetic, moving through the key stories of the Old Testament and tracing the relationship between God and his people through all the ups and downs of stubborness, sin and forgiveness.
The children learn 77 handsigns and keywords over the 5 lessons, which really reinforce the learning. So much so, that a Year 10 pupil, working in school on his Work Experience week, could remember some of them from his lessons 5 years ago!
(written by Wendy)
We try to have an office Bible study every Tuesday afternoon. We have been working through the book of Galatians and just finished it this week. I've found it so helpful, going deeply into the text considering it almost verse by verse. We look at the practical applications of the passages. So far it has been very challenging. I always look forward to these times, they are a great opportunity to learn and just get to know God better. It's also a great opportunity to hear others views and they may pick out something that I wouldn't have seen. Then we pray together about anything in the passage that really challenged us and any other things that are on our hearts. (Hannah)
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