Side By Side contains nine 45 to 60-minute complete classroom sessions that focus on specific topics and themes such as Ash Wednesday, Advent, Pentecost, and so on. In addition, nine more topics, including baptism, communion, prayer, and worship education, allow teachers and leaders to create their own unique learning experiences for families from a variety of ideas and activities that are provided by the author. Each session features a learning focus, scripture text, and theme related activities and projects, that allow parents and children to actively practice what they are learning.
Even in churches that attract large numbers of families, the education program frequently suffers from a lack of participation. Parents may feel that Sunday is their only time to be together as a family and are hesitant to spend an hour separated from their children in Sunday school. Side-by-Side is a book of Sunday school lessons that allow parents and children to learn about the Christian faith alongside one another. Also an excellent resource for mid-week programs and for intergenerational or family retreats.
Delia Halverson, a Christian education specialist, is a veteran classroom and workshop leader with more than 20 years' experience. She has written extensively in the area of religious education and is the author of 32 Ways to Become a Great Sunday School Teacher, How to Train Volunteer Teachers, Leading Adult Learners and My Cup Runneth Over... Devotions for Teachers. She is the author of over fifteen books and is well known for her articles and curriculum writing. She lives in Woodstock, Georgia.
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