The Bible places a high value on the instruction and upbringing of a child. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were commanded by God to diligently teach their children the Law, so that they may fear God rightly. Proverbs 22:6 instructs parents to “train up a child in the way he should go.” In the New Testament, the apostle Paul commands fathers to bring up their children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). As a church, it is critical for us to come alongside the parents and encourage them as they seek to raise their children in a godly manner. In Ephesians 4, Paul emphasizes the importance of the local church edifying one another and encouraging one another in the Lord, which includes edifying and encouraging parents.
Unfortunately, these principles have been disregarded by mainstream Christianity. Children are taught watered down theology, and the Bible has been replaced by politically correct stories which are meant to teach moral goodness, rather than biblical faithfulness. Mid-week youth programs emphasize gaining achievements instead of godly living, and parents are left without any guidance on how to help their child grow in faith.
In response to this, the elders and pastoral staff at Magic Valley Bible Church have decided to switch to Adventure Club for our mid-week program. Adventure Club, a curriculum created by Generations of Grace, is designed to teach children and teens biblical theology in an age-appropriate manner. It is divided into 3 years, with each year focusing on different aspects of theology. This first year, for instance, will cover the theology of man (anthropology), the theology of sin (hamartiology), and the theology of salvation (soteriology). Children will be encouraged to memorize key Bible verses, with a particular emphasis on understanding the meaning and importance of those verses, and how to live them out in Christ.
The Adventure Club curriculum is also a unified curriculum, which means that each age group is learning the same material at the same time, but at an appropriate maturity level for their age. Additionally, as a new ministry, we will have a parent Bible study during Adventure Club which will be going through the same lessons that the kids are learning. Through this, we hope to unify the family around the Word of God and equip parents to instruct their children in biblical truth.
The cost for children (Pre-K through 6th grade) is $45 for the year. For teens (7th grade through 12th grade), the cost is $20 for the year. There are scholarships available, and we encourage you to contact our church office regarding financial needs, or for more information at (208) 733-5248. You may also email us at email@example.com. Our midweek program will begin on September 8th at 6:00 PM, and we invite you to prayerfully consider joining us as we seek to grow in our understanding of our great God!
Here is the registration form for the 2021-2022 club year: <Adventure Club Registration 2021-2022 (1)>. You may download and fill out the form, then email, mail or drop it by the church office during business hours. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the church office.