Cleaning The Church Building

Sometimes young people think that there are few things they can do to in service to God but they are wrong. Here is just one idea.

After services, someone has the job to clean the church building. Some churches pay a person, others are cleaned by volunteers. It is a hard job to clean such a big place.

You can help by making sure you keep your seat clean. After worship, clean up candy wrappers, crayons, and other pieces of paper from your seat. Make sure to take your class book and any papers from class home with you. Put your song book back in the rack with the page marker inside of the book.

Also, if you see any other trash around the building or in the parking lot, pick it up and put it in the trash. This will help the people who have to clean the building before the next service.

It is great to have a church building to meet in and we should do our best to take care of it.

What Can Young People Do To Grow Spiritually?

Do Your Bible Lesson

One of the most important things you can do is to make sure your Bible class lesson is done.

You might wonder who cares if your lesson is done or not. Well, your teacher cares! Students who have done their lessons tend to have better comments and questions than those who did nothing to prepare for the class. You are able to learn more about the Bible story and add to the knowledge you gained from your home study.

When you do your lesson its shows that you care about God’s word and learning how to please Him.  God’s word is able to help us with so many things in life. However, if you do not know  the Bible, it cannot help you at all.

Be sure to prepare your lesson at least a day before class so you can have time to think about what you studied.  Maybe you can study it with your parents.

Nightly Devotional

In Psalm 63:6, David said that he thought about God when he went to sleep.  We should begin and end each day thinking about God.

A good way to think about God before going to bed is to meet as a family and study the Bible.  The lesson does not have to be long, five or ten minutes is usually good. Spend time discussing a story or passage from the Bible.  Study the life of Jesus or study through the whole Bible.

Our family used to study one story the whole week.  At the end of the week, the older children could tell the story. You might want to sing a song like the “Books of the Bible” or the Apostles. Conclude this special period with prayers to God.  In our family each of the children says their prayers out loud.

This is a special way to close the day as a family.  Ask your family to study with you before bedtime.

Taking Sermon Notes

I really am happy when I see young people listening to me when I preach. I know that sometimes things can be hard to understand, but I am happy that they are trying to listen. When I am listening to someone else preach, I always take notes. I want to remember what the preacher said so I can learn from it later. We often forget what we hear if we do not write it down. How can you take notes?

Copy Words from the Screen
The preacher will often put important thoughts on a screen behind him. You can copy these thoughts down and remember the main things that he was talking about. Sometimes he may change them quickly. Do not worry, just do your best and start copying down the thoughts on the next screen. Even if you get a little bit from every screen, you will have words that might help you remember the lesson.

Copy Down Bible Verses
When the preacher mentions a Bible verse, copy it down in your notebook and then turn to it in the Bible. If he mentions a lot of verses, just do your best to write down as many of the verses as you can remember. You can always look up the Bible verses at home if you want to learn more about the lesson.

Copy Down Your Thoughts
Sometimes when I am listening to a sermon, I will hear something that will make me think of how I can serve God better. I will also write those things down. You can write down ideas you get from the sermon and ways that you can do what the Bible says you should do. For example, if the preacher is talking about loving one another, you might write down, “I need to be kind to my brother and sister” even though the preacher did not talk about how to treat your family.

Keep Listening
As I said before, sometimes you may not understand exactly what the preacher is saying all the time. But, most of the time you will be able to understand and everything you learn will help you learn more later. So keep listening and as you grow, you will know more and more about the Bible and what God wants you to do.

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