Kathy Petrillo

Hello to you all! I am so excited to be able to share ideas for teaching kids’ Bible classes. I am a member of the church of Christ in Denver, CO.

Teaching children’s Bible classes has always been my passion. I love God, His word and kids! I have taught all ages through the years. The last 25 or so have focused on teaching the Old Testament to upper elementary ages.

If you live within a reasonable driving distance from Denver and would like to have a Bible class teacher workshop, please notify me at mtnkathy.petrillo@gmail.com or 303-973-7159.

I have been married for over 40 years, have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. My husband, Denny, is the president of Bear Valley Bible Institute in Denver.

The primary responsibility of teaching children about God is in the home. The role of a kids’ Bible class teacher is to reinforce what is taught in the home. Teachers don’t have the luxury of teaching God’s word to kids when we sit in our house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up. (Deut. 6:7)  Bible class teachers usually have only one or two class sessions each week that are less than an hour. Therefore, we must maximize our limited time using effective lesson planning, engaging visual aids, interesting activities, meaningful songs, and so much more!

My first teaching experience was when I was 17 years old. One of our elder’s wives sat very patiently in the classroom with me as I trudged through each class period. The children were very well behaved even though I, as the teacher, wasn’t all that great. I was not deterred, however, because I knew I wanted to succeed at teaching kid’s Bible classes. Fast forward 48 years and here I am sharing experience and ideas garnered since that first feeble teaching effort.

May God bless you as you serve him!

Kathy Petrillo

Acknowledgements go to the following:

  • FreeBibleImages.org. Their visual aids are second to none.
  • I have been given permission to digitize and reproduce materials published by Jana Smith and Beverly Scott known as the Imaginality series. They are no longer available for purchase.
  • Many of my teaching materials have been gathered and altered over almost half of a century. I simply do not remember the sources they may have come from. Therefore, I am unable to give credit where credit is due. If you are aware of any source that is not listed, please let me know so I can make proper acknowledgments.

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