They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common…And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Teaching and attending Sunday School is important.
From toddlers to teenagers, I have been teaching Sunday school for many years and have learned from my students each Sunday. I thank God that he has allowed his little ones to bring me to a deeper spirituality.
Why don’t more people teach? Many times I have ended up being my child’s teacher because no one else would step up to the blessing of teaching. I know that my now grown children would have benefited spiritually to have more Christian adults as mentors during their Sunday school years.
Sunday school is not just for kids; it is also a wonderful time for adults to gain deeper understanding of God’s holy word. Questions can be asked, and friendships can be made.
“Sunday school is on the death list of many in today’s church…Maybe we aren’t seeing the whole picture. Maybe there is more to this movement than we have been willing to acknowledge. Maybe there is new life just waiting to emerge from unsuspecting rooms where children, youth, and adults are learning lessons not provided in other venues. Could it be that the effectiveness of the Sunday school in the years to come is more about living our faith in effective ways, than it is about our identifying, quantifying, and stratifying the Sunday school as it was or is?”
In our baptism liturgy we say the words, “We come before you with joy, O God, to claim the promises of your covenant.” When we baptize our young people, we as the church repeat these words “For God’s promise is to us and to our children.”
Sunday School: a time to come and claim the promise of the Lord’s Covenant.
Jo Beth Boyles worships and serves the Lord at Bethabara Moravian Church, part of the Pilot Mountain RCC, and Jesus is her joy!
Quotes are taken from the book Sacred Challenge: Blazing a New Path for the Sunday School of the Future. Visit our online library to find this and other resources about Sunday school.