Stewardship Goals for Children
VERY YOUNG CHILDREN WILL:
- Learn about the world in which we live in order to appreciate God's gift of the earth;
- Build appreciation of themselves as a foundation for understanding how they can care for (be stewards of) God's world and God's people;
- Learn to put their possessions away and care for them as God's stewards, and be called stewards when they act in this manner;
- Grow as we praise them for their positive stewardship actions.
CHILDREN AGES THREE TO SIX WILL:
- Enjoy songs, stories, and games about caring for the earth and for those around us;
- Hear the word "steward" used in reference to those who care for the world and all that is in it;
- Know persons who care for (are stewards of) various parts of our world;
- Develop group skills that lead to a sense of being stewards and caring for others;
- Grow in pride in the church family and recognize ways that the church acts as God's steward, caring for the world and helping the people of the world;
- Appreciate the talents and abilities that God has given them;
- Find simple ways to use their abilities to act as stewards, and be affirmed in those actions;
- Recognize that we come together to worship and study and then go out to be God's stewards.
CHILDREN IN GRADES ONE TO THREE WILL:
- Learn how their actions affect the earth and other people, and learn to accept responsibility for their own actions;
- Enjoy expanded experiences with songs, games, and stories about caring for the earth and the people;
- Learn to manage (be stewards of) their time;
- Learn that money is a gift from God and belongs to God;
- Recognize money as the product of ways we use our God-given talents;
- See different ways money functions in the church, learning how we need money for classroom supplies, cleaning materials, salaries, mission giving, etc.;
- Expand understanding of acts of stewardship toward the world and others outside the church, and develop ways to express those acts.
CHILDREN IN GRADES FOUR TO SIX CAN:
- Distinguish between independence and interdependence, recognizing that we are all dependent on the earth and interdependent among each other;
- Recognize our responsibilities as a church member to act as a steward through prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness;
- Develop specific talents to use as stewards;
- Relate facts about the earth to the way we follow God's instructions to care for the earth and all that is in it;
- Research and initiate conversations in order to find out about stewardship themselves;
- Become aware of and carry out ways to practice stewardship, through special projects and in everyday life.