What Are Our Children Learning?

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Our rapidly changing world seems to make us more and more aware of what our children are being exposed to and learning about. Whether at school, with their peers, or even through the media they consume at home. With so many different philosophies and ideologies surrounding us, making the message of the Bible known feels increasingly salient. But this isn't a new conviction. The emphasis on what we teach our children is made multiple times throughout the Scriptures.

“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, …. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19)

Whilst they are young, children’s homes should be a place where the Word of God is constantly being read. This great responsibility, alongside the support of a local church, is placed on parents to fill their children’s minds with the truth of God's love and His plan of Salvation. To surround them with the Lord’s people where they can join in praising His name and listen to the prayers of His people. I'm sure many of us can testify to the blessing this practice has been on our own lives.

But what about those children who don't experience these privileges? In 1980 approximately 11.8% of the UK population attended a church service. In 2015 the figure was 5% and has only decreased since then. There is a desperate need for believers to echo the statement of Isaiah (6.8b) “Here am I! send me”.

There is a matchless opportunity to take the message of the Gospel into local schools, but taking the first steps can be elusive and intimidating. Paul Coxall is one such Christian who has endeavoured to develop a work in local schools. He has drawn on his experience and observations to offer guidance and advice to anyone who has a desire to serve the Lord by helping young children understand what the Bible teaches. He sends his book ‘Connecting Church and School’ into the world with the prayer that it’ll be helpful and offer encouragement to all who read it, but especially to those who desire to work with local schools and serve their children.


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