A Service of Rededication

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Christian education involves everyone: teachers, children,
parents, church leaders, and congregation members. Before you kick
off your new educational year, rededicate your church’s Christian
education ministry with this consecration service.

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Pastor: Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are partners in the
task of providing Christian education for the body of Christ. To
remind us of that partnership and the importance of our roles in
the process of Christian education, I ask you to share in a
rededication to Christian education.

Christian Education (CE) Director: Will all those involved as
leaders in our Christian education programs-Sunday school teachers,
aides, superintendents, music leaders, and anyone else-please
stand?

Pastor: You’ve been chosen to serve because of your love and
concern for the gospel and for God’s people, and because of your
unique and effective skills and abilities. On behalf of our church,
I now ask you:

*Will you strive for excellence in your teaching, remaining
faithful to the message of God’s love in Christ Jesus? Will you
present that message with all the skills God has given you? Please
answer: We will with the help of God.

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*Will you model Christ’s love, forgiveness, and selfless concern
to your students and fellow workers? Please answer: We will with
the help of God.

*Will you also be a student, searching the Scriptures and using
the best of help available to you in your teaching? Please answer:
We will with the help of God.

*Will you look to God, the author and replenisher of our faith,
as you seek to carry out your ministry of teaching in this coming
year, confident that your labor will not be in vain? Please answer:
We will with the help of God.

*Please be seated.

CE Director: Will the parents of all children in our church’s
educational programs please stand?

Pastor: God has given to you the gift of children. God has
entrusted to you the care and nurture of these children, which
includes their Christian education. This congregation stands beside
you in that task. On behalf of our church, I now ask you:

*Will you bring your child to church for worship and educational
opportunities on a regular basis during this coming year? Please
answer: We will with the help of God.

*Will you encourage your child at home through regular prayer
and Bible study as a family? Please answer: We will with the help
of God.

*Will you also participate in Christian education and parenting
education opportunities that will enable you to be a faithful
Christian parent? Please answer: We will with the help of God.

*Will you support the teachers and educational leaders of this
congregation so all God’s children may grow in faith and knowledge
of their Lord and Savior? Please answer: We will with the help of
God.

*Please be seated.

CE Director: Will all children please stand?

Pastor: You’ve heard the promises of your teachers and parents
regarding your Christian education. On behalf of our church, I now
ask you:

*Will you commit your time and attention to attending Sunday
school and other educational opportunities during the coming year?
Please answer: We will with the help of God.

*Will you receive God’s Word from your teachers and parents as a
gift from God? Please answer: We will with the help of God.

*Will you show love and respect to your teachers and parents,
realizing that they’re God’s representatives in your lives? Please
answer: We will with the help of God.

CE Director: Will the congregation please stand and hold hands as
we acknowledge our partnership in the task of Christian
education?

Pastor: God has entrusted us as a congregation with the
responsibility of providing Christian education for all our
members. Recognizing your membership in this body of Christ, I now
ask you:

*Will you support with your prayers and your gifts the
educational ministries of this congregation during the coming year?
Please answer: We will with the help of God.

*Will you join with your fellow saints in the study of God’s
Word through participation in worship and educational opportunities
during the coming year? Please answer: We will with the help of
God.

*Will you regularly pray for your pastor, church staff, and
educational leaders as we celebrate our partnership in the body of
Christ? Please answer: We will with the help of God.

Let us pray: O God, you sent your Son as a teacher and example
of righteousness on this earth. Send your Holy Spirit now to
empower these teachers, leaders, students, and parents. Give these
children a lively joy in their learning. To teachers, give wisdom
and skill in their leading. Bless families as they nurture one
another. Give strength to all of us as we link hands to serve you
and support one another. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Margaret Hinchey works with children in her church in
Colorado.

YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS
Make this event even more special by giving participants a copy of
their group’s promises. Have someone calligraphy each group’s
questions as statements on separate sheets of paper. For example,
transform a question into a promise, such as “I will regularly pray
for my pastor, church staff, and educational leaders.” Photocopy
these onto parchment-colored paper. Roll each paper as a scroll and
tie it with a ribbon. Distribute the statements to the appropriate
people after the worship service.

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