Why Sunday School?
Why have Sunday School? Who is Sunday School for anyway? I have wrestled with this question myself. I have even bounced back and forth between “all children sit with their parents” and “all children go to a special class.” Ultimately it is the parent’s choice. I have noticed that some children (the wiggle worms) do better in a more “hands-on interactive group. When the lessons are age appropriate and life application is more child oriented the children can receive more of the teaching. The difficulty of having the parents and child separate is that the parent may have a harder time reinforcing the lesson throughout the week. It gets even more difficult if the parent has multiple children in different classes learning different lessons. Parents involvement is vital and I haven’t come up with the perfect solution. At our small church we can tell the parents, as they come to pick-up the children, the lesson we worked on that day. Since there are only two classes it isn’t too much for the busy parents. I would ideally like to make a newsletter or just a note for the parents to remind them of the main points of the lesson. But this only addresses the pros and cons of “to Sunday school” or “not to Sunday School,” not who it is for.
I feel like Sunday School is for all children who are not developmentally ready for the main sermon (spiritually, physically or mentally). And as an out reach for children that don’t get instruction from their parents, what ever the reason may be. There are some adults that would do better with a more hands-on, object lesson approach to Bible teaching. They should find a church that is more suited to their learning style. The main goal is to learn and grow in Jesus Christ and not argue over how.