We do not have our own building and therefore have no place for a vegetable garden. Can we still use the method?
Yes certainly. There are two options.
Option 1: You run the method without a vegetable garden. You do miss a lot of fun and education, but you continue to enjoy many core qualities.
Option 2: You only need 10 square meter for the kitchen garden program, where you can make / place 7 boxes from 1,5 at 1,5 meters. That is about 2 parking spaces. Often around the (church) building is to find a bed or lawn or a terrace where bins can be placed. Perhaps a member of the community who lives nearby wants to make a part of his garden available. Perhaps the civilian community can help. The kitchen garden project can be realized with creative thinking and good will.
We do not see it in the beginning to run with the vegetable garden, can we start later?
You can start with only the indoor lessons without a vegetable garden. The vegetable garden lessons are an integral part of the grid, but you can later add the vegetable garden elements to the children's work.
With us the children only 20 to 30 minutes to the child service. Can we work with the method?
Hell yes. You continue to benefit from the core qualities of Er! through the Bible time, a processing and an Xpeditions.
We start in September with a new program, so we can also go out with Er! start?
Yes, that is no problem at all. You start mid-way through the first year.
We regularly have special services so there is no child service. Can we still work with Er on it?
No problem. You can drop lessons. In addition, there is room to shift because at Easter and Pentecost there are no lessons. It is a given that children do not always come to the (child) service. Nevertheless, we see that the children benefit most from the main line in the lessons.
We have insufficient children's workers and run but 3 times per month can you still work with the method?
You can drop lessons. In addition, there is room to shift because at Easter and Pentecost there are no lessons. It is a given that children do not always come to the (child) service. Nevertheless, we see that the children benefit most from the main line in the lessons.
We have 50 children per age group. Can we then run with this method?
Yes, that can be done by dividing the group into smaller groups with their own supervisor. In particular, it is the intention of the oldest children that they study the Bible together and exchange ideas about it. Then it is nice that this happens in smaller groups so that they can all speak. In the younger children there is usually a Bible story told and that is central. For the processing operations it is sometimes necessary to divide the group.
We only have 5 children in the age category from 5 to 12, can we still work with Er on !?
Yes, that's possible. In that case you can work with the material of the group of 6-9 years old. This also offers sufficient challenge for the older children. It does not work the other way around. The lessons are too complicated for younger children.
Is the material also suitable for children from 3 up to and including 5 years?
Our experience is that the lessons are often too high for children younger than 5 years. They should really be in group 3.
The method seems very Jewish and focused on the Old Testament. To what extent do the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit receive sufficient attention?
This method focuses from lesson 1 to lesson 272 on the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit who both lead to the Father Heart of God. Jesus Christ is the foundation on which we build and teach the children.
We use Jewish sources such as the Talmud and publications of rabbis, so that we better understand the Bible culture-historically. We celebrate all the celebrations that God has established in Leviticus 23, including the Autumn Festivals. At Easter and Pentecost, we show how God commanded his people to celebrate Passover and the Feast of Weeks, and how the Lord Jesus fulfilled these feasts. We let the children from the shadow stories in the Torah and the rest of the Old Testament discover how wonderful God's plan is.
It is explicitly not a Jewish method. We pay limited attention to Jewish festivals that do not occur in the Bible, such as Hanukkah, the Tree Festival, and Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). The method shows that we are not Jews and do not have to be.