Sunday School Articles
Nine seven- and eight-year olds arrive and the room fills with chatter, quieting only a little when you ask, “What happened to you this week?” Eight times you learn about new teeth, a perfect spelling test, a video game that is awesome. My grandpa died last night comes from the ninth child and the room falls silent.
Here is the question: Is Sunday school still valuable in building up the next generation of Christians? Or is it a tragic hindrance to the overall goals of the Christian community?
The answer must take into account a full view of faith formation. But in short: Yes Sunday school is valuable. And yes, a traditional model of parish-based Christian education can still be effective is nurturing children and offering them knowledge, skills, and values to grow into adult followers of Jesus Christ.
When to teach Easter is a fundamental question for churches who see high attendance numbers on Easter Sunday but do not offer formational time on the Feast Day.
Taking a break for a quick game or activity can improve focus, the key is being prepared with fun, structured, movement-filled games.