Ben David's Shabbat School offers classes for children ranging from the nursery to 6th grade.
Classes for junior and senior high students are offered through the Youth Group.
Infants and toddlers are cared for by a qualified, consistent, and loving nursery care worker along with other helpers as needed. The other classes are taught by adults who are committed to love and instruct the youth at Ben David in the Word of God. Some of our Shabbat School teachers and helpers are experienced, professional teachers.
The preschool and 1st-3rd grade classes are being instructed with a holiday-centered Messianic Shabbat school curriculum. Using a balance of Tanakh and Brit Chadashah parallel lessons, this curriculum not only teaches the Jewish holidays, but also the fulfillment and significance of the holidays as well as Biblical truths through a variety of stories, flannel graphs, puppets, crafts, and activities. In addition, beginning Hebrew letters and words associated with the lessons are presented, and the children learn a monthly Bible verse which they practice reciting each week. Parents are requested to help their children learn these verses and Hebrew words.
The 4th-7th graders are learning from a Messianic Jewish children’s curriculum. All of the lessons are designed and written to bring life in Messiah to the children as revealed in both the Tanakh (Old Covenant) and the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant) and to draw both the student and teacher into a more intimate relationship with God. The Jewish holidays and festivals, as well as the traditions and culture of the Jewish people, are also taught and experienced in this class. The students keep a notebook with their weekly lessons and selected Bible memory verses which they meditate on during the week and explain in writing what they mean to them personally. In addition, they journal their prayer requests and praises. They bring their notebooks to class each Shabbat.
The students in the 8th-12th grade class study topics that are relevant to teens as they strive to live a godly life in their everyday surroundings. They are working through an adapted version of an adult bible study which challenges them to live a Gospel-centered life. The class is conducted in an informal setting with the reading of Scripture, discussion, and application.
Teaching the next generation of believers is a real blessing. Not only do the students hear Bible stories, memorize Bible verses, and study Scripture, but they share in each other’s lives through discussions and prayer, and they have fun, too! Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s spiritual development during the week by continuing discussions about their Shabbat School lessons, helping them to learn their Bible memory verses, and praying together as a family.