Since the release of the book Raising Up the Next Generation in the Church Life, in May 2011, we have been very burdened to enter into and practice the vision released in the chapters of that book. What has become very fresh to us is the burden and view presented related to the children’s work in the churches. In the last few years, we have been presenting this new fresh view to the churches in Southern California. Once again we will have a perfecting conference to advance even further still in this new way.
We are pleased to announce to the churches in Southern California a perfecting conference for parents and for those who serve with the children in the churches. This perfecting conference will be a continuation and further development of the same conference we began two years ago. We will be focusing our fellowship on the need to compile children’s lessons that build up a proper humanity and lead the children into a proper enjoyment.
“What material should we use to teach the children? We should begin by teaching the children how to be a proper human being. We should show them that man is different from the animals, and different from the trees, plants, and flowers. After this we should speak of man’s character and conduct. We should teach the children to honor their parents and be loving, pure, obedient, honest, and proper in their conduct. We must be careful not to give them a religious thought or concept.
When we speak of the difference between man and the animals, we can mention that man was created by God and also that the heavens and the earth were created by God. We can also say a little about how man was created in God’s image. We do not need to say more than this…. When we speak to children, we should tell them experiential stories; we should not give them too much doctrine. It is not necessarily a benefit for the children to know too much.
We need to train the teachers for the children’s meeting in such a way that they can find illustrations by themselves from practical situations. For instance, they can ask the children, ‘Are you being honest if you steal candy from your older brother?’ or ‘Suppose your mother saves a bigger piece of candy for your younger sister, and this makes you unhappy and jealous. Do you still love your mother and your sister?’ When we speak to the children,we must use practical examples.” (The Collected Works of Witness Lee, 1967, vol. 1,pp. 311-312)
We believe that as we enter into this vision, over the next few years a new situation can be developed in the churches to raise up our children to meet the Lord’s need in the coming days. This Children’s Work Perfecting Conference will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm at the church in Diamond Bar meeting hall at 1200 South Brea Canyon Road, Diamond Bar, CA 91765. Lunch will be provided for registered saints. The registration donation for this conference will be $20.
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For the brothers,