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.
Right from the start, children learn that they are going to be learning a lot about God from His book, the Bible! They use specially designed course materials which emphasise the importance of God and the Bible.
They learn that the Bible is a roadmap which teaches them about God and that it provides them with vital guidelines for living.
There’s only one problem - the lack of Bibles!
Around the country very few CRE classes have sufficient (or any!) Bibles which the children can use. This year, Bible Society wants to address that lack of Bibles.
We want to provide 32,500 specially designed children’s Bibles for children in CRE classes in years 5–6 (8–10 year olds) for the start of the school year in 2012.
The Bibles will be provided in class sets of 20 Bibles.
Through these Bibles many children, for the first time, will be able to explore and understand the Bible. Topics such as what the Bible contains, understanding the relevance of the Bible, and using the Bible will take on new meaning for them.
They’ll come to understand what it means to believe in God, to put Jesus first in their lives and to live according to kingdom values.
For many children this may be the only Bible they ever have contact with.
Its influence may last for the remainder of their lives.
Will you please give a gift today to help bring the Bible to children in CRE classes?
Thank you and God bless you.
Read more about Bibles for CRE classes.
This article is from The Word at Work – Bible Sunday 2011 Special issue.