Freed-Hardeman University’s Annual Bible Lectureship included sessions for all ages, including the youngest. The event included a kids’ lectureship with classes for infants to fifth grade and a teen lectureship for those in grades 6-12.
Utilizing the talents of FHU faculty and staff, area youth ministers and university students, the programs for teens were conducted throughout the day. Senior Bible majors with an emphasis in youth and family ministry helped plan the teen lectureship and assisted with the various sessions. Their work was a part of the capstone course in their major. Activities included Bible lessons tied to the lectureship’s overall theme, recreational time and an introduction to FHU’s offerings.
Brady Wilkes, a senior Bible major from McKenzie, Tennessee, said, “It was really encouraging to see the hearts of these kids for an entire week. Their dedication to God is outstanding!” Teen classes included as many as 50 youth.
Across campus, elementary education majors and child and family studies majors were busy with the kids’ lectureship. They held classes for all age groups, including those in the nursery. University students rocked babies, read stories, played games and showed videos to their charges. Snacks and crafts were also on the agenda. Education classes were cancelled during the week, so that students could work an equal number of hours in the kids’ lectureship.
“You start off just getting your hours in,” Kaley Coleman, a child and family studies major from McKenzie said, “but then you get attached to the children. One afternoon, I spent two extra hours in the nursery.”
The nursery’s rocking chair crew, all veterans from last year, had some advice for newcomers: Don’t be afraid, have fun with it, do what they want to do, and be prepared to be spit on. Kristal Tinsley, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, added, “If they cry, it’s not your fault.”
Kids’ lectureship was a boon for parents. They were able to leave their children with the assurance that they were in good hands and give their full attention to lectures.
Kimberly Vires, an alumna and minister’s wife from Leachville, Arkansas, took her daughter Baileigh to the toddler class. “She walked right in, and the students were ready for her,” Vires said. As for Baileigh, she left class asking where one of her new friends had gone. Her experience — a new class and a new friend — added up to a successful visit to lectureship.
The Freed-Hardeman University Annual Bible Lectureship just completed its 82nd year. More information about the lectureship and FHU can be found at fhu.edu.
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