Excerpt from Bible and Church History Stories: For the Primary Department of the Sunday School
Never fail to read and prayerfully study the Bible text itself, that you may be able to live the experience covered by the story, recognize the value of the truth it portrays, make the 'message your own, and from the abundance of your love for the truth, for our Heavenly Father, and for the children, give it to the little ones in such a way as to lead them to know, to feel, and to live the truth.
Remember always that the story is but a means and not an end - a means to reach and enrich their souls - not merely their intellects. Tell it to them in your own way - the way best calculated to appeal to the hearts of the children of your class. Remember, however, that there are certain fundamentals that make for good stony telling. First there must be an interesting Point of Contact Each lesson is provided, with one. You may use it or think out one that will go better. Lastly a good appli cation of the story to the child's life should always be made. Likewise is each lesson provided with an applica tion. The teacher is at liberty to improve on it. Possibly the application can better be fitted to local situations. The Text only is mandatory. However, we expect consistency. If you change the lesson plan at.all, make it consistent throughout.
May the Father give you to feel that you have painted upon the living canvas of the soul the lessons of God and truth and immortality that shall resist the decaying hand of time and pass on to eternity.
Though simply told, we indulge the hope that these stories will find a welcome in the homes of the pieople for fireside reading.
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