IPC's CHILDREN
SUNDAY SCHOOL

Sunday school is a ministry for the youngest members of the church. 

We run Sunday school programs every Sunday during the 1st service at Randwick

and the 2nd service at Kingsford (see church service schedule for time).

Term #4 Newsletter of 2021

Hi parents,


More Freedom from lockdown is imminent as we can travel beyond 5 km travel limit now. For some, these past few months have been a challenging period. But to others, they might enjoy things as it is as they don’t need to go out that often. Either way, this freedom has been waited for many people.

 

Imagine the joy of families where the grandchildren can see their grandparents whom they can only prayed for at the nursing home, the joy of friends who can do coffee-table talk, etc. Or for those who are waiting to pay a visit to family overseas after unable to see theirs for almost two years now, the waiting for border opening and immigration restriction easing is getting more thrilling as we are approaching the double vaccination goal rate.

 

When this newsletter was written, NSW government has announced the 7-day home quarantine as the pilot program for a safe reopening plan. But we must admit that there might be a chance of increasing cases if strict and careful protocols are not established. Only God knows what will happen next, but it should not make us anxious.

 

Though many things might be different from now onward and “freedom” can be different prior and after the pandemic, we should not be upset. In fact, there is only one true freedom, and it cannot be provided by even the most thoughtful government or pandemic strategic team from any health department.  

 

In fact, the quest for freedom is found throughout the Bible as we read it. Just three chapters into Genesis, Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God and gave up their freedom. Then time rolls and different nations came and went to occupy the Israelites. The loss of physical freedom was often tied to spiritual disobedience like worshiping false gods. Today, many people are living under either physical or spiritual bondage. They chase false gods of power, achievements, success, personal comfort, romantic love. And then they have it only to realize that they are as empty as before they chase it – those things cannot deliver the true freedom that they have promised.

 

But there is one man who through His short time ministering on earth, proclaimed a remarkable prophecy of freedom from Isaiah the prophet. He said:


“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”


Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.  He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing(Luk 4:16-21).


Parents, the freedom that defines believers comes only from Jesus who had exchanged his unblemished righteousness and perfect stance of holiness for our sin and failures. If you are haunted now by the fear of what will the world be for our children, you are not alone.  


Sure, fear might entrap us. But since our greatest bondage, the entrapment of sin, has been abolished by Christ sacrifice; we have a great assurance of true freedom. And, with this freedom, we can nurture our kids to have inner peace that is rooted in God’s grace. This peacefulness will then liberate them to live a life unshackled by any external limitation except to glorify God. May your days ahead a filled with His peace and single focus to live for Him. If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (Jn 8:36).

 

In Christ,
Sunday School Ministry Team

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to lead children into knowing Jesus Christ as Savior and LORD and help them mature in following Him by providing Bible-based teaching, modeling for children, and partnering with parents.

We have a team of approximately 30 loving and caring teachers, who are always working really hard every week, rain, hail, or shine. On average there are approximately 80-100 children come regularly each week.  They are divided into separate classes depending on the ages.

We try to make our programs as fun and engaging as possible with singing, games, and activities and most importantly sound Biblical teaching. We provide regular training to our teachers and mentoring for new teachers to ensure we are equipped to do the wonderful task God has given to us, to serve His children

Toddlers and Pre-school Class

are welcomed into their rooms just before the adult church service begins. We sing songs, tell stories from the Bible using variety of methods, e.g. felt pieces, etc; play games and do some activities for the children.

School Age Class
(Kindergarten to Primary 6)
  

begin in the adult’s church service with their parents, singing and watching a children’s talk before going to their classes (we only do children’s talk every 2 weeks at Randwick church due to time constraint). With whole families watching the children’s talk, parents know what their children are learning so they can discuss that passage of Scripture as a family at home. Additionally, by welcoming the children in the adult’s service, we want the children to know that they are part of the church too.