“Angels descending, bring from above, echoes of mercy, whispers of love.”
In 1873 Fanny J. Crosby penned the words to “Blessed Assurance,” a beautiful hymn that was sung with gusto by my beloved grandfather holding the hymnal in his work worn hands, stained with the years of working in the garden as head of grounds at the Adventist Hospital in Sydney, Australia. A convert to Adventism in his 20s with only an eighth-grade education, my grandfather knew the Bible back to front and gave Bible studies in his home-grown style along with a box of organic vegetables to everyone from widows to the business owners to doctors to the local gas station clerk.
As I reminisced on his delivery of the three angels’ messages that he knew and understood like the seasons of the garden he cultivated, it got me thinking: Do our young people know the three angels’ messages? Are they able to articulate them and live by their principles like my undereducated but very biblically literate grandfather?
To deeply engage our students in the three angels’ messages, the NAD Office of Education is excited to offer a new, distinctly Adventist resource for our grade K-12 schools. Sandy Doran, Ed.D., has authored Three Angels for Kids (K-8) and Three Angels for Today (9-12), a two- to four-week curriculum available for all our schools.
It is described as an experiential, interactive, integrated unit that is engaging and exciting for kids as they learn the message of the three angels and understand the deep spiritual principles of our faith.
Doran has included lesson plans, books, and provided deep critical learning experiences for students as they engage in the content of the three angels’ messages.
As curriculum and creative director at Three Angels for Kids, a unit of the Adventist supporting ministry Hart Research Center, Doran describes unexpected surprises as miracles as she developed the school curriculum. “Why did I take on this curriculum? Because God gave the assurance every step along the way that this is what He wanted me to do,” she said. “Whenever I doubted myself or needed reassurance, or felt that I didn’t know which direction to take, God would put it very clearly in my mind. . . . I am humbled.”
The curriculum is available from the Three Angels for Kids website, in the resources tab on the NAD Adventist Education website, and will be available from AdventSource. Training videos for teaching the units and a virtual Week of Prayer (lower and upper elementary school) by Doran are available from Adventist Learning Community.
Adventist Education is committed to providing “Something Better” for our children and embrace resources that help teachers to bring our children to the feet of Jesus. We encourage our church members to follow the links to take a sneak peek into the Three Angels Curriculum for Kids.
Please pray for this curriculum to impact our children for the kingdom; and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Three Angels for Kids: www.threeangelsforkids.com
NAD Adventist Education: https://adventisteducation.org/myresources.html
K-2 Training: https://www.adventistlearningcommunity.com/courses/how-to-teach-the-3-angels-messages-curriculum-unit-prek-2
3-4 Training: https://www.adventistlearningcommunity.com/courses/how-to-teach-the-3-angels-messages-curriculum-unit-3-4
5-6 Training: https://www.adventistlearningcommunity.com/courses/how-to-teach-the-3-angels-messages-curriculum-unit-5-6
7-8 Training: https://www.adventistlearningcommunity.com/courses/how-to-teach-the-3-angels-messages-curriculum-unit-7-8
9-12 Training: https://www.adventistlearningcommunity.com/courses/how-to-teach-the-3-angels-messages-curriculum-unit-9-12
— Leisa Morton-Standish, Ph.D., is the director of Elementary Education for North American Division.