I'm Pauli Price. I work full time and have second-grade twin girls. For many years, I've been chair of the fundraising rummage (jumble) sales our church regularly holds.
I currently teach, along with two other volunteers, a one-room Sunday School class of five to 12 kindergartners through fourth-graders. We alternate teaching and assisting, so during a given month I typically teach one lesson, assist one lesson, and either attend the service or assist for a third week. On the first Sunday of each month, our children remain in the Family Sunday service.
As for my journey in the faith, although I was baptized in the Episcopal Church, I was brought up in the United Church of Christ. I was confirmed at the age of 12 the only member of my confirmation class and the first child of that small congregation to become confirmed. While in college I stopped attending church but later experienced a yearning to renew my spiritual life. Rather than return to the church of my youth, I explored converting to Catholicism, but ultimately decided upon the Episcopal Church, much to the delight of my grandmother. It was the bishop at her church who received me, recognizing my confirmation.
I volunteered to teach children's Sunday School when my daughters were old enough to leave the nursery, initially wanting to encourage them to participate in Sunday School rather than always seeking to return to the nursery.
As I'm sure you're aware, accepting the responsibility for teaching children about God and the Church is transforming. I'm quite driven to continue to learn and grow in that role, as the experience of teaching Sunday School has triggered a profound spiritual journey on my part. Much of that journey is reflected in this site.
As I prepared each lesson as a new, volunteer, small-church Sunday School teacher with scarce experience, I would scour the Internet for an appropriate project, craft or activity. Hours later, I would have waded through a wealth of information and hopefully find what I was looking for. While other Sunday School teachers have helpfully posted amazing and wonderful resources to lend a hand to fellow teachers, the problem is that the information is not easy to find. Why? Many children's Sunday School Web sites are not optimized for search engines.
For a previous business, I had purchased a website building plan that provided statistics showing how often certain key terms were searched. Later I closed that business. I wondered what else I could do with the website building tools now at my disposal. Eventually I explored the feasibility of building a site for Sunday School teachers. I used the search statistics research tool to look at the statistics for the search terms I was using to find material for my Sunday School teaching. As I studied these statistics, my eyes were opened as to just how many of us Sunday School teachers are out there looking for the right materials for our ministries.
I know how challenging it can be to find the things you are looking for. After much thought I decided to build something that I wished already existed, something I could have used myself and will continue to use a central place on the Web containing information and useful resources to support the role of the Sunday School teacher.
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I belong to the Episcopal Church, which is a member church in the Anglican Communion. Our worship centers on the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.
The Apostles' Creed, a baptismal statement of faith, dates from the early years of the Christian Church and is included in daily Morning and daily Evening Prayer services for church and private use (Book of Common Prayer, pages 53, 66, 96 and 120). (link).
The Nicene Creed, written in A.D. 325 by early bishops meeting at Nicaea, summarizes the Christian faith and is repeated during Holy Eucharist services (Book of Common Prayer, pages 326 and 358). (link)
As for the Episcopal view on Scripture, the cornerstones of our faith include Scripture, tradition and reason. Reason is composed of our own intelligence and experience, which we apply to understand the biblical text (Scripture) and what Christians have taught us about it throughout centuries (tradition). We believe that we are called to build an understanding and relationship with God's Word in the Bible and to live out our faith on a daily basis in the circumstances in which God has placed us.
I have designed the material on Sunday School Ideas for New Teachers to be broadly useful to Christians of all denominations. I am not a theologian, and I make no special claim of inerrancy. Where my tradition is radically different from yours, you may find the material that I've written inappropriate for your use. Materials written and submitted by others may present a different focus.
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I write the lessons on Sunday School Ideas for New Teachers, and I sometimes contract Elizabeth Clark Wickham, a Christian freelance writer, editor and translator based in Europe (www.complete-edit.com Complete editing, writing & translating. On time.) .
You are another key provider. I invite you to share your lesson plans, craft ideas, useful tips and any thing else you have discovered to help you in your Sunday School work. If I have to write (or personally fund the writing) of every lesson and topic, this site can only grow very slowly. If you believe in the value of what I'm trying to do at Sunday School Ideas for New Teachers and would like to help by sharing your experience, please contact me for further discussion.
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Sunday School Ideas for New Teachers is presently non-profit; I pay all expenses personally, and I do not receive any income from the site. Eventually I hope to accept advertising and, potentially, to have a store or other businesses affiliate with the site.
My first goal is for the site to generate enough money to cover its costs. Should the site eventually generate a profit, I look forward to paying music lessons or other extras for my two daughters. I am committed to contributing 10 percent of any profits from this site to the church where I teach and to which my family belongs.
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