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- 6 Suggestions before Picking your Sunday School Class Gifts
1- It doesn’t need to be expensive. It really doesn’t! It’s the thought that really counts. Young children, especially, do not have a full understanding of the value of money. A $1 gift can make them happy more than a $15 gift. 2- It is Age appropriate. Whether it is a book, a toy, or a functional gift, consider the one that matches their age, interests, and skills level. 3- Faith and Themed based. It is hard sometimes to find orthodox themed gifts but it’s a great way to give the children valuable gifts that are related to the occasion they are celebrating. It is also a chance to tie the class lesson with a take home keepsake. Their gift will be a continuous reminder of the lesson. Keep in mind, it is very likely they will not receive these themed gifts anywhere else. 4- Functional How many of us received gifts that we simply didn’t know where to put or how to use and just left it there collecting dust in our closets? Functional gifts are just simply more appreciated than stationary gifts (especially by parents). A hanging cross or a beautiful icon are nice ideas. But how thoughtful if we pick something that the children will love to own and use, or in that case hang in their little rooms? 5- Just Add Candy Sometimes, we don't have much say in picking the gifts. And it is okay! Just simply making a goodie bag with some chocolate and candy, any child will be extremely happy. I mean, who doesn't love some candy? 6- Orthodox Resources. If you like to look for orthodox themed gifts check out these awesome stores: Coptic crew Coptic dad and mom Draw near designs Philo and the Super Holies Books We the copts Do you know of other great stores? Let us know and we will update the list. May God bless your service and guide you in everything you do.
- 7 Healthy Habits a faithful Servant Should Practice
Dear Faithful Few, The following list of suggestions I, myself, have not at all mastered. Yet we are all a work in progress and never a finished product and thank God that we all have The Perfect Teacher. I pass down the wisdom that I have witnessed from living and effective representations of those who faithfully serve our One True Living God. I pray along with the church that He “fills your heart with joy and gladness that you having sufficiency in everything may abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). A Blessed New Year of Service and Blessings from The One we serve to all of you. - Maggie Sleman 1- Be the bridge to parents, to the church and its leaders, most importantly to our Lord Jesus Christ. Sadly there are habits that build walls rather than bridges to these very pertinent role models and even our Savior. Understand their grievances but do not agree with their mindset. Rather redirect them to make good faith-based decisions. "Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way" (Romans 14:13) 2- Reach out beyond the Sunday routines to emphasize your personal investment in their lives. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy 6:5-7) 3-Involve the parents by creating a platform where you can share pictures of the kids enjoying a class activity or trip. This gives them an opportunity to discuss positive experiences. "But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." (Hebrews 13:16) 4- ENGAGE your children when you’re teaching a lesson. If they are not engaged then there is little to no retention and need for application. Knowing their interests proves to be helpful. To the farmers He spoke about farming; to the tax collectors He spoke about money and to the thirsty Samaritan Woman He asked for a drink. All were able to relate and engage with Him. (Often Revisit The Four Gospels) 5- Keeping secrets is always a desired trait in a servant. However if the secret threatens the life of the child or anyone else then a parent must immediately get involved under the guidance of the priest. "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God" (Romans 13:1) 6-Praying for your children and their families reminds us who we answer to and who we look to for transformation and renewal. It is a beautiful reminder that we rely on Him for everything in service. It’s one sure way to prevent burnout realizing that we freely give what He has freely provided. " And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) 7- Practice gratitude to fight off pride and laziness. Be thankful for it all: the service, your fellow servants, your children, their families, and the ability and willingness to serve. Gratitude yields blessings! "Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."(1Thessalonians 5:16-18) This is Blog post is the second part of an article beautifully written by Maggie Selman. Our guest author. Maggie is a Therapist, School Counselor, Mom and the greatest of these, Servant of the Living God at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church Jersey City, NJ. Check our New Journal and Planner Specifically made for Servants: A very special journal and planner that helps a servant stay organized with service tasks and also evaluate their way of service to edify and improve theirs way of serving The journal includes: 1-Weekly planner 2- Weekly meditation ( with a desert fathers and mothers are coming sayings that relate to service) 3- Weekly post meeting/class evaluation 4- Weekly self evaluation 5-Detailed contact list section 6-Notes
- 6 Undesirable (wall-forming) Habits a Servant Should Avoid
Dear Faithful Few, The following list of suggestions I, myself, have not at all mastered. Yet we are all a work in progress and never a finished product and thank God that we all have The Perfect Teacher. I pass down the wisdom that I have witnessed from living and effective representations of those who faithfully serve our One True Living God. I pray along with the church that He “fills your heart with joy and gladness that you having sufficiency in everything may abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). A Blessed New Year of Service and Blessings from The One we serve to all of you. - Maggie Sleman 1- Forgetting your name and title weakens our discernment. Once you become a servant, you take on the following title: (Full Name), Servant of The Living God. We might forget this at a party, at work, or even when we’re angry. The faster you embrace your new undeserving title, the better you will navigate through life and lead others effectively. "For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict." (Titus 1:7-9), "In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you." (Titus 2:7-8) 2- Sharing your personal past mistakes if they led you to fall into sin. Children often use this as an excuse to do the same since you’re living proof that they too will be fine regardless of a possibly destructive decision. Make no mistake that you will also be part of the debate at home. "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14) 3- The older the child gets the more likely they are to plan another outing around your outings. Never assume that they are old enough to get home on their own. Door to door service is always safest and a text to the parent outlining the plan makes them safer from Satan’s schemes. "And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts."(Mark 4:15) 4- You’re more than a friend, thus it is not accurate to present yourself as just that. You will be honest, encouraging and challenge them to spiritually grow in a relationship with their Heavenly Father. "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood." (Acts 20:28) 5- Do not ignore criticism rather welcome it! The chosen 12 made mistakes and only those of them who accepted reproof and guidance were able to change the world. "The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. The fear of the Lordis the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility." (Proverbs 15:31-33) 6- Your opinion is only relevant if it is aligned with The Holy Bible and grounded in His Gospel of love and mercy. This is why immersing yourself into His words should be done daily. "Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 15:5-6) "And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,"(2 Timothy 3:15-16) "Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5), "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philipp. 2:5) This blog post is part 1 of 2 of a valuable article written by Magdolen Sleman, our guest author. Maggie is a Therapist, School Counselor, Mom and the greatest of these, Servant of the Living God at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church Jersey City, NJ. Stay Tuned for Part 2: (6 healthy habits of a Sunday school servant.)
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