Academy Teachers for God’s Children

By January 19, 2017Children's Ministries

children's academy 2013 082Registration for Spring Academy Sunday School is underway and classes are already starting to fill up! Academy starts on February 12 and we still need volunteer teachers to help out. “This Academy model is wonderful, but it only works if everyone does their part,” says Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries. “In most cases, we already have a lead teacher in place. Bible-based curriculum and materials are taken care of. What we most need are adults who are willing to be a part of an environment that teaches children that God loves them, and so does their church.”

Holly Clifford, who is a middle school art teacher at Fort Worth Country Day School, teaches our Visual Arts Academy class. It is Holly’s belief that there is no more impressionable and crucial time than the early years of childhood to lay the foundation for kind, empathetic, confident people who are this world’s future. “We are touching the hearts and minds of tomorrow’s leaders today,” Holly explains. “The Academy format meets children where their special interest might be whether that is music, art, legos, animals, nature, etc.” She says that as an art teacher she feels blessed to be able to use the art process and art itself as a way to help children make meaningful connections in their daily and spiritual lives. “My goal is for them to leave each Sunday with an added layer of understanding to the Bible story or memory verse and be able to link back to it during the week and beyond,” Holly adds.

As Mister Mark points out, you don’t have to be a professional teacher — or even a parent — to volunteer as one. Take Curt Shannon for example, who teaches Academy Guitar with John Dilday. “Although Curt no longer has a child in Children’s Ministries, he continues to teach and enjoy the opportunity to have fun and share his great love of playing guitar with young students eager to learn,” Mark says. “Those two guys really clicked and figured it out, and now it is one of the best attended classes we have!”

John Dilday says that it is very rewarding to watch the kids learn things that they thought they could not do. “A semester of learning is celebrated by the kids and families when the students perform at Children First,” he adds. “Spending time with the kids is fun, and it is amazing how much I have learned from them. Mister Mark and the Children’s Ministries have provided a sense of family for the children and adults alike, and I am grateful for the good times and friends I have made while teaching.

Teacher, parent, or not, let us know if you would like to volunteer and share God’s love with the children of our church and our future.

Contact: Janice Cooper | jcooper@myfumc.org | 817-339-5093

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