Texting Your Sunday School Students Keeps It Real

| October 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Statistics show that 82 million people are texting regularly, and from what parents say, 80 million of those people are kids.  This new means of communication has taken the youth by storm. And you’ll be surprised what will happen if you text your Sunday school students a couple times during the week.

Text Sunday School students to keep lessons alive all week

Texting is the way kids communicate with each other in their own world, using their own lingo.  Most are well aware of adult intimidation, which only makes texting more attractive.  With this vast difference in attitude about texting among youngsters and adults, if you text your students, you are proving two points that will make them sit up and take notice.

1. You’re not siding against them
2. You not only text, you know their mindset

Learn texting Lingo!  It’s fun!

If you simply send a sentence “blast” to your class it will have a reverse effect and do more harm than good.  Unless you can put your sentence into their language, you will come off as a bit phony, and it would be better not to send any message at all.

How to learn the texting lingo.

Texting is mostly abbreviations and acronyms, and an Internet search will bring up dozens for you to study. Many lists are available on the Internet.  Here are some examples:
• & = And
• NE = Any
• AML = All my love
• BRB = Be Right Back
• BCNU = Be seeing you
• BC = Because
• B4 = Before
• BFF = Best friends forever
• BF = Boyfriend
• BTW = By the way

And so it goes through the entire alphabet.  If you don’t have time to do all this translating, you can also have your computer translate your sentence for you.

Your computer can find the right lingo.

By typing the following question into Google, the results will surprise you:  Can you translate this sentence from English into texting lingo?  It will bring up several sites that allow to you type the regular English into a window, and the site will produce its text-lingual equivalent!  One such site is www.lingo2word.com, which translates on one click after you type.

Sometimes it’s best to make a simple statement to students like “Do not forget to pray…like we talked about!” That way you’re not threatening to “use their brains for something else” after a long day in school.  However complicated questions can fun sometimes because they use a variety of text lingo that the students will have to translate off their heads.

For example, let’s say you sent the following message through the text translator of www.lingo2word.com: “Which character from the Old Testament do you consider someone you admire for their achievements and admirable qualities?  Students would see this:

wich char frm d Old Testament do you considA yr hero? plz B prepd 2 tel me on Sunda

To text your Sunday school students, you need to ask for their cell phone numbers.  You ought to have these handy anyway for other purposes.  Use your own cell phone’s instructions to create a blast text “list” of your students, so that you only have to hit SEND once.  Then, twice a week or so, put Jesus back in front of them.  Use what you know about your own students to dictate how often you text them and what you will say, because the most important thing is to keep it fun and entertaining!

u shd txt yr sunday skool stdnts whnvr uv somit QL 2 sA!!

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