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True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church

On Sundays at 3pm. Please contact Bro Jose Lagapa: 81853623 anytime.

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!

It is good to have you here with us every Lord’s Day. We thank the Lord for His grace and mercy in giving us this privilege to worship the Lord of lords and the King of kings every Sunday in the FilBF!

Bible-believing and fundamental churches have included in their Lord’s Day activities an hour of Bible teaching for all ages either before or after the worship service. The aim is for the believers to learn a programmed subject from the Bible, “…teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” as Christ commissioned. This was the pattern set in the early period of the Christian church, “…then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:41–42, emphasis mine). The apostles’ doctrine is the teaching of God’s Word, the biblical frame of our present day Sunday school.

On May 15–16, 2018, a Sunday School Teachers’ Workshop will be conducted in Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Bukidnon. The aim is to improve the teaching of God’s Word to the Christians. As the secular world is continually updating and upgrading their teachers, how much more for teachers who are handling the words of eternal life! The focus for this year’s workshop is on lesson planning so that they can make a basic outline for teaching.

Sunday schools as what we see today in Bible-believing churches probably began when the principle of church and state separation was introduced. During that time public school system began to develop, and Christian parents and the churches had to find other ways of teaching their children their beliefs and practices as secular subjects began to influence the children. The first established Sunday school can be traced back in the year 1780 in Gloucester, England. During this time, England was shifting from an agricultural condition to an industrial society that led to rapid urbanization. The urban lower class suffered under this sudden change and their living conditions worsened resulting to forced labor of children in factories. The children worked together on weekdays and spent their Sundays playing in alleys and wharves, to the great disturbance of the families in the vicinity of such places. In order to teach them the Bible, some churches started to gather these children every Lord’s Day.

Robert Raikes, who worked among prison inmates in Goucester, was convinced that an early religious teaching for children would help keep them from a life of crime. His desire was to provide an alternative means of educating the poor, neglected and working-class children. He saw their rowdiness and was determined to teach them proper behavior, to enforce cleanliness, to provide Sunday clothing, and to reprimand their vicious ways of lying, swearing, indecent manner of talking and other misbehaviors. His efforts led the churches throughout England to establish schools, thus setting in motion the Sunday School Movement which by 1850 the number of English Sunday Schools had raised to 2 million.

Obviously, the present Sunday school system practiced in the Philippines is patterned after the American system. Curricula are tailored in the United States and are either purchased or modified to suit the needs of the churches. In America, the first Sunday school was transplanted there from England in 1785. It took its own uniqueness because In English Christianity the Sunday School was chiefly intended to be a means of reaching children whose parents had no links with a local church, but in the United States, as in Wales, from the outset it was meant to be a part of the equipment of the local church for the instruction of its own members, children and adults alike. In October 11, 1811, Presbyterian missionary Robert May opened an evening Sunday school in Philadelphia in which, unlike previous ways, he taught religious doctrine solely and gave it free of charge. Similar kind of schools became increasingly developed in most Protestant churches in America by 1810–1820 as young and newly converted Christians turned to Sunday teachings as means of expressing their convictions. The Bible provided the text for teaching the truths of the Gospel, a knowledge of which, born-again Christians believed, was essential for moral living and good citizenship. It was also in the 19th century that secularism was making heavy impact upon the school system. Various fundamental Christian leaders were perturbed by the lack of religious education in public schools. These led into attempts to improve Sunday school system such as the introduction of uniform lessons, a plan to systematically study the Bible, and a rich variety of “lesson helps” like art and crafts, etc. As the years advanced, authors and publishers competed in the work of supplying teachers with suitable lesson schemes and literatures. The Sunday school movement then held national and international conventions where curriculum plans were established and teacher training guides were developed and provide helps for teachers in teaching various student age levels. Departments of religious education were introduced in denominational colleges and theological seminaries for the training of teachers.

Nevertheless, it is generally observed, particularly in the Philippines that Sunday school instructions are handled by less experienced teachers in religious teaching. Most of them did not undergo intensive Bible classes nor any training from a Bible College or Seminary. There is a great need felt to provide training and workshops for these teachers as they are vital in teaching children and even adults. Without proper knowledge in lesson planning, Sunday school classes may just become a playgroup or an art class for children and a chit-chat fellowship for adults. God forbid that we will experience “a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it” (Amos 8:12).

Sunday school, in this recent age which is characterized by fast and busy lifestyle, is an indispensable means of teaching doctrines from the Word of God for church members who have no other opportunity except during the Sunday worship services. Therefore, there is a need to equip the teachers to give their best and use that opportune time to teach well. Thus, this year’s theme is “Study God’s Word” so that first they have to study the Bible well, then they can teach well. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). – Bro Jose

True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church – Singapore
Church Workers’ (Sunday School Teachers) Workshop
May 15–16, 2018)
Date/Time May 15
May 16
May 17
7:00–8:00 Breakfast
8:00–8:45 Morning Devotion
(Pastor Romeo Laraño)
8:45–10:00 Lecture 5
(Men – Bro Jose; Ladies – Sis Tammy)
10:00–10:15 Arrival and Registration
(Registration Fee: P 100)
10:15–12:30 Workshop I
(Men – Bro Jose; Ladies – Sis Tammy)
12:30–1:30 Lunch
1:30–3:00 Lecture 1
(Bro Jose)
Workshop II
(Men – Bro Jose; Ladies – Sis Tammy)
3:15–3:30 Break
3:30–5:00 Lecture 2
(Bro Jose)
Workshop III
(Men – Bro Jose; Ladies – Sis Tammy)
5:00–6:30 Dinner
6:30–7:45 Lecture 3
(Men – Bro Jose; Ladies – Sis Tammy)
Presentation by Selected Participants
7:45–8:00 Break
8:00–9:15 Lecture 4
(Men – Bro Jose; Ladies – Sis Tammy)
Presentation by Selected Participants
9:15–10:00 Fellowship
General Objective: Participants must be able to make his/her own lesson plan for Sunday School class.
Expected Outputs:
1. Participants are to produce a 1-Sunday School Lesson plan.
2. Participants are to produce a list of proposed titles for another 3 Sundays.

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