I am trying to sort out stuff about teaching children about God. In our church, which is small, we do not have an abundance of people to carry on children’s programs. The ones doing this for the past few years are burnt out – maybe not all of them, not completely, but close enough. Close enough that I, as the new head of the committee that deals with this area of church life, have to do something really soon. What a way to break in a new committee!
I just don’t have an easy solution popping into my head. We need people in the church to take enough interest in the kids to volunteer. We have older people and some younger parents but not many in the in-between group that are not already busy on Sundays. Many of the older group express opinions on how there should be “Sunday School” for the kids but are not inclined or able to volunteer. The younger parents often need the break from child care to do some learning themselves.
I sat and discussed this whole dilemma at length with God this morning. And this is what I read from Luke 11:
And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.
And Psalm 50 contained the verse:
Trust me in your times of trouble,
and I will rescue you,
and you will give me glory.
I still don’t know what to do. But I guess I should trust that God has some sort of solution for us. And I am not worn out from asking yet.
We don’t have that many young school age children but we have some. And “some” are enough to be worthy of our time and energy so that we pass on the stories of our faith. In passing on the stories of our faith perhaps we will also pass on our concern. Maybe by spending some time with these kids we will learn to love them and that will get transmitted too.
I don’t know. I think one of the most important things we do as a community of faith is to tell our children the stories and as they watch us live, show them how to work the teachings out in real life. But there are things for which I feel grossly inadequate. I feel that I have not done a bang up job teaching my own children about the faith although I think I have raised children with a strong sense of compassion and generosity. I bring this baggage with me into my dealings with this. And guilt for not doing a better job of course.
I wonder if anyone else has worked through the same sort of problem in a small church (attendance about 80 to 100). I would like to pick their brains!
Maybe God will have to do something special here. Maybe we need people not so much gifted as teachers but just willing and passionate about passing on their faith, willing to be creative and loving. Willing to sit down with the little people.
Hmmm – maybe that is me. Just maybe.