Bibles for children in NZ schools

The Word at Work - Bible Sunday 2011 Special Issue

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Bibles for children in a school near you!

It’s a very special kind of learning. Its God focused and Bible based.

Every week, around 32,500 primary school children in Years 5 – 6 (the old Standards 3 and 4) in state schools around the country participate in Christian Religious Education (CRE) classes. Formerly known as Bible in Schools, these once a week, thirty minute classes are run by Christian volunteers.

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The Bible for CRE class sets

The Churches Education Commission, which oversees the work of Christian Religious Education (CRE), uses the Contemporary English Version (CEV) of the Bible for all of its curricula.

It’s this CEV Bible which will be used for the class sets.

The class sets of Bibles will consist of 20 illustrated CEV Bibles similar to this one.
The class sets of Bibles will consist of 20 illustrated CEV Bibles.

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Knowledge of the Bible vital for children

The occasional debate as to the place of Christian Religious Education (CRE) in schools is once again in full swing, this time in the Australian state of Victoria.

A young boy enjoys his CRE workbook. Learning about Jesus and the Bible is central to CRE teaching.
A young boy enjoys his CRE workbook. Learning about Jesus and the Bible is central to CRE teaching.

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Voices from the past: CRE’s heritage

The Bible in Schools debate is not unknown in this country. In fact, from the early days of the colony it was one that dominated in sermons, letters to the editor and in parliament.

Kate Dominikovich, National Manager, Christian Education Commission
Kate Dominikovich, National Manager, CEC.

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What CRE teachers say about the project

Through CRE classes children learn not only about God and the Bible, but also about many other aspects of life such as how to relate to others, self-esteem and forgiveness.

Children listen attentively as a CRE teacher and a helper read a Bible story to them.
Children listen attentively as a CRE teacher and a helper read a Bible story to them.

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The Timetable

August 2011 Design of Bible cover complete. Illustrations selected. Final Bible design sent to printers.

October 2011 Proofing completed and any changes made; printing commences.

November 2011 Printing completed and Bibles despatched to Bible House. Distribution of class sets to CRE teachers of year 5 and 6 classes.

December 2011 Distribution of class sets completed, ready for use at the beginning of the first term of the 2012 school year.

February 2012 The class sets, generously provided by Bible Society supporters such as you, begin to be used in year 5 and 6 CRE classes around the country.

A young girl listens attentively in a CRE class. Your gift today will help to open the eyes of young New Zealanders, such as her, to the wonders of the Bible and its life-changing knowledge.
A young girl listens attentively in a CRE class. Your gift today will help to open the eyes of young New Zealanders, such as her, to the wonders of the Bible and its life-changing knowledge.
 


Please give prayerful consideration to making a gift to bring Bibles to children in CRE classes in New Zealand.

 

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Or send your gift to Bible Society, Private Bag 27901, Marion Square, Wellington 6141.

 

LAST WORD

We will not keep them from our children; we will tell the next generation about the Lord's power and his great deeds. - Psalm 78:4

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