Hong Kong Ministry
Hong Kong English Bible School
Friday Nights – October through April
We are so excited to host English Bible School (EBS) over Zoom for our young friends in Hong Kong! With your volunteer help, we will share the love of Jesus with 2,000 Hong Kong children through Bible stories, worship, games, experiments and crafts. Each volunteer is asked to sign up for a minimum of four weeks throughout the duration of EBS, but serving more is definitely welcome!
A well-planned list of activities and resources will be provided for each leader, which go along with the Bible theme for the evening.
- Volunteer Trainings will be held on Zoom Oct. 10 and Oct. 12 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time). Please plan to attend one of these trainings prior to serving.
- As part of your ongoing preparation for EBS, plan to login to Zoom prior to serving to be sure you know how to do so. If necessary, have a friend schedule a practice Zoom call with you or reach out to Penny Schramm, firstname.lastname@example.org, for assistance. Please do not wait until the last minute!
What to Expect Each Night of EBS
- Start and End Times for EBS are dependent upon Daylight Savings, which impacts us a couple of times during the program. Here are the details for the entire 16-week period.
- Start at 7:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time); End at 9:20 p.m.
- October 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5
- Mar. 25, April 1, April 8, April 22, April 29
- Start at 6:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time); End at 8:20 p.m.
- Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, Mar. 4
- Start at 7:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time); End at 9:20 p.m.
- Volunteers will receive group assignments each week, which will include a letter and number designation. Additionally, there will be a list of call-in links on Zoom for each group letter. For instance, if a volunteer is scheduled to lead group D4, he/she would click on the link for Group D from the assignment email. This ensures that the right leaders are on the right calls, as there will be 10 different Zoom large groups happening at the same time.
- Volunteers must join their large group calls at 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (depending on the night as listed above). The first 15 minutes will be a time for gathering the students and volunteers into the call and providing instructions as needed. The large group session will not officially start until 6:45/7:45 (CST).
- From 6:45/7:45 to 7:10/8:10(ish), volunteers and children will participate in a large group worship time. Small group leaders will not need to lead anything during this time. They are simply asked to participate with enthusiasm and joy, as we model for the children what it means to worship and have fun in the name of our Savior. Also during opening worship, the children will hear a Bible story, recite an EBS Creed, learn scripture and memorize the night’s Bible point.
- At the conclusion of large group opening, there will be a few seconds delay as our Hong Kong partners transition each leader and child into the individual small group breakout rooms. When volunteers arrive in the small group, they will need to unmute their microphones before they can speak to the children. The button to do so is usually on the bottom left side of your Zoom screen.
- The American small group leaders are now in charge of their classes until we reconvene for a large group closing at 8/9 p.m. (CST). A time warning (or a few) will appear on your screen during your small group to let you know when you are getting ready to rejoin the large group.
- Each American volunteer will be assigned a Hong Kong helper who will be available to translate or assist with language challenges, as well as serve as technical support for bringing up any web pages or technology resources cited for small group time in your curriculum. You are encouraged to build a relationship with your helper and partner together to create an interactive environment where children feel encouraged and safe to participate. Many of the helpers will be young (high school age) and will need encouragement to participate, as well.
- Prior to EBS, volunteers will receive a written curriculum and resources needed to teach your individual small groups. There will be craft supplies, materials for science experiments, games and anything else that is needed to lead a fun, interactive time with the children. There will also be incidental supplies that volunteers will need to gather from home (ie markers, sugar, water, etc.), which will be clearly spelled out in the curriculum.
- At approximately 8/9 p.m. (CST), all of the small groups will join back together (the transition will happen automatically) for a large group closing time until about 8:20-9 p.m. (CST).
- All volunteers are asked to exit from the large group Zoom call at the conclusion of closing and encouraged to link back into Zoom on the designated debrief line, which will be listed with the other Zoom links in your assignment emails. This is a helpful time of connection, celebration and support for the volunteers.
- Fun Fact: The time difference between Hong Kong and the United States is significant. While you will be getting ready for bed, our HK friends are just getting up for their days. Don’t forget to say good morning and have fun with the time differences!
- Hong Kong has a culture of respect and waiting your turn. You will often see that children will not answer questions unless you call on them individually. Be prepared to call on each child by name and encourage him/her to answer questions or offer ideas. It may seem like it takes a little longer to get things going, but it will pay off in the end as the children begin to see that you expect them to participate and value their contributions. Sometimes a lack of participation can mean a lack of understanding. Check in with your Hong Kong helper and ask for assistance explaining things that appear to be lost in translation. Please don’t have everything that’s said or done translated into Cantonese, their native language. They do understand many things in English and will rise to the challenge, but do ask for help when you can see it’s needed.
- In Hong Kong, there is a great focus on achievement and honor. As we expand our mission time working with the families there, we are learning so much about how to help them understand the Gospel message in a way that resonates with their traditions and their culture. This is best demonstrated and understood by watching this short video about the differences in worldview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2XNoAFtqOw