Number of weeks: 3
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
The voice of a child praying. The face of a little one captivated by a Bible story. A family sharing a daily devotional. “It’s Bible Storytime” will help you create special family moments with 149 core stories from the Old and New Testaments. These will invite your children into the Word and will keep their attention from start to finish as they hear the stories and see their beautiful and colorful illustrations. Along with the Bible stories, the course suggests prayers to start the day, to say at bedtime, and to share before meals, helping you provide a solid faith foundation for all the children in your life. For ages 3 and up.
Live meetings are required for this course. One hour each evening (7:00-8:00 pm CST Monday – Friday)
The book required for this course Bible Basics Storybook by Brittany Sky.
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This course is worth 1.5 CEUs.
About the Instructor
Reverend Shirley J. Connally is a retired teacher/counselor/minister with a B.A. (English/French), M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance), M.Div. (Theology) and additional studies on the Doctor of Ministry Degree. She retired from public education with 36 years’ experience as an English teacher and/or secondary counselor. She also taught freshman English at the Houston Community College for several years. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College and owned a private practice counseling office for several years.
She has served in ministry in the local church and community for most of her life. She was ordained after completing seminary while serving as an associate with three Baptist pastors and went on to serve as associate and senior pastor in The United Methodist Church. Even though most of her training and service as an adult has been in The United Methodist Church, her childhood years were spent equally divided between three denominations (Methodist, Baptist and Catholic).
She has always been drawn to teaching and helping people, so, naturally using her gifts of teaching and counseling have been dominant in her life. She has offered courses in Christian care and counseling and Bible studies for children, teens, young adults, middle adults and senior adults, reaching all developmental stages of life. She has also offered courses on God’s purpose for the family and prayer retreats, providing time and guidance for those times when we need to go to a quiet place and spend time alone with God. Her prayer is that we can study and continue to develop additional skills and a basic knowledge of how we can use the Bible to help people live better lives.
She is the mother of one daughter in business and one granddaughter. She loves teaching Disciple Bible Studies, serving on the Scholarship Committee, Nursing Home Ministry, St. Stephens Food Pantry and helping wherever she is needed in her church and community. When relaxing she loves reading, crocheting and watching Houston’s #1 sports teams (Texans, Rockets and Astros) and helping people.