The Word at Work - Bible Sunday 2011 Special Issue
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Please give prayerful consideration to making a gift to bring Bibles to children in CRE classes in New Zealand.
Or send your gift to Bible Society, Private Bag 27901, Marion Square, Wellington 6141.
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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As a little girl, Mrs Bala wanted to learn to read and write, but owing to her family’s poverty she was unable to. Now, at the age of 75 she has been attending Bible Society literacy classes at the Chourkhuli Church of Bangladesh in Kotalipara in southwestern Bangladesh.