Our District is thankful for a number of committed volunteers who have taught Scripture in schools for many years. Here are some of their reflections.
There is always a real need for teachers. I loved it! I especially enjoyed teaching the younger children. The students were very responsive. We loved singing, loved action songs, role playing the story and playing memory games to recall a story or learn a Bible verse.
There is always more to learn when reading the Bible, digging deeper and doing more research not only when preparing lessons but also in one’s personal devotional life.
In NSW, we are very fortunate that we are still allowed within the classroom to teach SRE. There is a serious shortage of SRE teachers, with some teachers teaching the same story at two schools each week. I would strongly encourage anyone who is able to take up the challenge. You will be supported on a local level, and you will find it very rewarding.
– Monica, SRE teacher for over 30 years
After about 40 years of teaching SRE, sadly it’s time to call it quits. I looked at this as my main area of mission.
I enjoyed the interaction with the kids so much and have been so blessed over the years. I loved connecting with the kids, sometimes seeing them in the street and even being introduced to their mums! Sharing stories about Jesus and Bible foundations with children is such a special privilege.
– Joyce, SRE teacher
Teaching SRE is one of the most ‘under the radar’ missions we can do! Our churches don’t value the opportunity it gives us. It is such a privilege to teach SRE. It might be the only time a child hears about God! We have people who come to our church because of what they learned in SRE as children.
– Kathie, SRE teacher
Many Lutherans have volunteered to teach Scripture classes in NSW government schools for decades. Special Religious Education (SRE) is valued by families, schools and the Department of Education (DoE) as an important part of a child’s development.
Many denominations, including the LCA NSW and ACT District, have met the requirements of the NSW DoE as ‘approved providers’. All schools require a professional approach to any sort of voluntary work that is undertaken in the classroom. Authorisation and accreditation of SRE teachers ensure that children are being delivered relevant and educational content in a safe and age-appropriate way.
Christian SRE teachers are active committed members of their local church, able to confirm their belief in Christian teachings. They care deeply for children and are able to teach and connect with them appropriately at their developmental level.
All SRE teachers are required to complete child protection training, a Working With Children Check and accredited SRE training before entering a classroom.
If you feel called to be an SRE teacher or are interested to find out more, please speak with your local pastor, or contact Kaye at the District Office. We are always looking for more volunteers. Encouragement, support and training are provided. See more details here.
‘How can they know if no-one tells them?’ (Romans 10:10-15, CEV).
Thank you to all our current and past SRE teachers who have volunteered their time so generously over the years.