Response Time is time set apart after hearing God’s word for children to interact with the Bible story presented. This time is important as it provides the time and space necessary for children to process what they have heard and begin to reflect, question and hopefully understand God’s word and its impact on their lives.
Each week are 2-3 choices available for the children to choose from. Since a well-rounded life in Christ fosters both active and contemplative patterns of discipleship, we offer both individual options and group activities. The activities suggested are designed to reinforce the concepts taught in the lesson. They are not driven by results or finished product but by process and relationship, so slow down and enjoy this time together.
Response time also gives teachers time to interact with the child. This is a very important time of affirmation and relationship building. As teachers, we build relationship as we come alongside the children reflecting on the story, drawing children into conversation, caring about their lives and listening to them, and encouraging them to grow in faith and strengthen their relationship with God.
For younger children there are only a few options for response given each week. For older children there may several options given including group work. Often the children have some ideas of their own!
Some of the common response activities we do include: