And boy are we growing! It has been such a great pleasure to see the growing crowds in Sunday School and the laughter and fun that we have together.
One of my earliest memories of Sunday School was two teachers standing over a lesson book, desperately trying to skim through and figure out how to pull off a 6 page lesson. I sort of think these classes were ok, but I don’t remember loving it or having much fun. My mission has always been to help make Bible learning easy, fun and memorable for teachers and for kids. That’s why last month we made Locust cookies and had a visit from John the Baptist—in person! We play games, dress up, do messy art and build Bethlehem out of blocks. This is not because Sunday School should be entertainment, but because these Bible stories are full of action and interesting people and humor and nature and texture and food! Our learning should be too.
Nothing gave me more pleasure this past month than to have a SRO crowd of 2nd & 3rd graders with their parents in a Bible class. They learned how to find things in their Bibles, heard and read stories of talking donkeys and guys who ate bugs. They also were given prayers their parents wrote for and about them, as these amazing scriptures were placed in the hands of their children. It’s great fun to teach kids, but it’s also very serious work. When parents want to pass this faith on to their children, it is holy and humble work to do all we can to help them.
This Christmas season we will gather in many ways to see, hear, touch and taste the pieces of the story that come together in a manger in Bethlehem. Bring your family and we will do all we can to help you pass on the wonder and the blessing this baby Jesus brings.
Then in January, your children may come home with stories of feathers and leather sandals, silk cloth, dressing up like travelers and going on scavenger hunts. We’ll be learning about the boyhood of that little baby Jesus. It’s a pretty amazing story…..