Perhaps, you have been wondering about the vison we have for Sunday School…
St. Paul’s Sunday School is Jesus and child-centered, and that’s a good place for a Sunday School to begin. I have a vision for Sunday School, and you’ll read it below.
If I could wave my magic wand, we’d have every child enrolled at St. Paul’s coming most weeks, and it would look and sound like…
…we are disciples who go out and talk about what an awesome God we have and how Jesus is our friend. We are encouraged to invite our friends and our parents encourage us to come, even if we said, “Do I hafta…???” on a previous week.
…we celebrate God’s wonderful world and love God, which is why we exclaim, “Yay, God!”
…we know that the Holy Spirit has a lot of jobs to do, and we keep our hearts open to letting the Holy Spirit in and following its guidance.
…we believe in the power of prayer, and we talk to God… “Hey God! You won’t believe what happened to me today…”
…we create and maintain a warm, caring environment where all people feel accepted, loved, respected, and valued. We nurture all personalities and everyone’s quirks. We accept all quirks because we sometimes think that our own quirks are not as quirky as other’s, when they just might be.
…we read the Bible. There are fantastic picture books, but the word of God is found in one place.
… We carry the spirit of Jesus – we accept all people in our hearts and act on it when we play with our friends, and when we are in school. This is why we HOOT OWL – Help Open Our Minds Our Wise Lord
…we are a community. We show care for each other, and we are genuinely glad to see each other on Sunday mornings. We listen to each other. We have HOOT OWL days where we all work together.
…we are embraced by the church and valued as a integral part of the church. Members take an active role in helping Sunday School operate, grow, and be refreshed.
…we are transformed by God’s word, and we go out to tell others, which brings me back to bullet number 1...
What’s your vision for Sunday School? I’d really love to listen.