One of my favourite magazines to read is Christian Early Education published through the Association of Christian Schools International. I love how it is designed -colourful and fun, but more importantly I love the articles and the value and importance they give to children. In September 2008 they published an edition about the relevance of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission to early education programs. Article after article they stressed their belief that children and young people need to be given high priority in receiving the message of the gospel. In their article, “It Takes a Team to Mold Disciples: Notes from a Playbook” authors Stephen Reel and Sara Jo Dillard write:
Interestingly, much of the focus on evangelism and discipleship in modern-day Christianity is toward reaching teenagers and young adults. Certainly there is a vast need in those age groups; however, the biblical foundations in teens are often weak or even absent, and the world’s influence already has a deep hold on their lives.
Christian schools have the awesome opportunity to disciple children and develop roots of faith at an early age. As a culture we know how early children respond to marketing and advertising – we need to reach them at the same age with the good news of the Gospel! After all it was Jesus who said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children” (Luke 18:16 NLT).
Sonrise partners with churches and families to provide children with a Christ-centred education on a daily basis and from an early age. I would like to encourage you to extend an invitation to any young families with kindergarten age children in your church, family and friends circles to attend our annual Kindergarten Open House. It is a great way to see our school, meet our teachers, and discover education with a difference. Our Kindergarten Day takes place on Wednesday, April 6th from 9:00 – 11:30. Food, crafts, learning and fun – the more the merrier!