Leveling up its Bible studies for children to a real classroom setup, Members Church of God International today opens a curriculum-based KNC Bible School.
KNC is short for Kawan ng Cordero (Flock of Lambs), MCGI’s children’s ministry, formed by MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano more than 20 years ago. The ministry strives to nurture the children about the Christian way of living through Bible story readings, biblical topic lessons, Bible-centered competitions, and talent searches.
A former KNC member himself and now the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Daniel Razon proposed having such a Bible school, explaining, “We should guide our children accordingly, expose them to the virtues in the Holy Scriptures that they may be taken care of spiritually.”
Bro. Eli also expressed his 100% support for the program.
The KNC Bible School class is rendered free and is apart from the children’s regular worship gatherings. Classes, grouped into four age brackets: 3-5 (KNC Toddler), 6-8 (KNC Junior), 9-12 (KNC Senior), and 13-16 (KNC Graduate), will be held at La Verdad Christian College, Apalit and Caloocan branches. Duration of each class is two hours every Saturday or Sunday and one enrollment term equals to one school year. This school year starts from August until May 2012.
Much like school rooms, each class will be facilitated by a teacher who is a Church worker trained to make lesson plans based on Bro. Eli’s prepared biblical topics for the children. The worker will also conduct activities, monitor attendance, and supervise the kids’ progress.
Though the KNC Bible School is curriculum-based, it will not include any academic subjects but programs and activities that are Bible-based that teach moral values, Christian morality, good manners and right conduct, and many others.
The Bible School also adopts the Department of Education’s (DepEd) school system in the Philippines. Students will be issued report cards every grading period, given periodical exams, and awarded for excellent performance in recognition and graduation ceremonies.
“It’s a formal schooling in the sense that we adopt the Department of Education’s system but it’s not under DepEd. This is an extension of a Church activity,” Mr. Albert Soriano, College Registrar of LVCC-Apalit branch, explained in an interview.
The enrollment scheduled last July 22 and 23 was extended to July 30 to accommodate requests from parents. To date, there are already more than 1,000 enrollees according to reports of the LVCC Registrar’s Offices.
(Written by: Hazel Chavez-David)