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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sunday School (10/25/07)

TITLE: Sunday School is Not Just For Children
By Sherry A. Jackman
10/31/07


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“Joe, I want to invite you to Sunday School at my church this weekend. I think you would really enjoy our class on Fishing.”

“Fishing? What does fishing have to do with church?”

“Jesus came that we might become fishers of men. In Matthew 4:19 he tells us: “follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

“I thought Sunday School was only for little children.”

“No, it’s for grown-ups, too. I learn a lot about life and following Jesus there. We have a really good teacher and he answers any questions we may have on the lesson. If he doesn’t know the answer right away, he takes the time to look it up and give us the answer the following week.”

We sometimes get funny ideas in our heads and think that certain activities, such as Sunday School, are only for specific age groups. For instance, we often think that once we reach adulthood, we don’t need Sunday School or don’t belong there. This is not true. We can always learn more about the teachings of our Lord and His church. With a lot of children being raised in non-Christian homes and coming to the Lord at a later age, Sunday School is a great place for them to learn basic Christian doctrines. It is there where they can be taught all aspects of communion and how to take it properly. They can also learn about the need for baptism and get prepared for it. In my own experience I actually had to get baptized twice, due to changing churches. Sunday School is also a place where we can participate in fellowship and worship and learn how to gain spiritual benefit from all of these.

While weekly Bible studies or other worship services with sermons are a vital tool in the minister’s toolbox, Sunday School is an ideal place for interactive learning. It is in Sunday School that you can ask questions and have them answered. A lot of churches even offer different topics for Sunday School hour and an individual can thus select something that fits their interests, rather than just being given whatever lesson a particular church offers in its Sunday School curriculum. This enhances the learning experience and also provides a means for discipling new Christians or those who have been around for a long time but need more spiritual growth.

In Sunday School excellent opportunities abound for Christian service. An inner-city church I attended in the 1990s provided a nutritious snack for the impoverished children who attended the program we called “Power Hour”. I became the preparer for those meals, which consisted mostly of a nutritious sandwich and milk or juice. That small amount of food showed Jesus’ love in practical application of the scripture, “I was hungry and ye fed me.” In addition to making and serving the snacks, I also assisted a teacher with her first grade class. Team teaching is an ideal situation whereby two or more people work together to teach one class group. This can be extremely beneficial in the event one or more of the teachers has to work on Sundays. In the late 1960s I team taught a first grade Sunday School class where the other teacher was a telephone operator and had to work an occasional Sunday. We also learned about the importance of paint, as when I first joined her, the classroom was plagued by spiders. A fresh coat of paint alleviated that problem.

As an adult member of Sunday School I enjoyed studying a variety of subjects and the interaction that takes place among the members with class discussion. This is not something that lends itself to a morning worship service. As we ask questions, our faith is expanded and spiritual growth takes place. Since I now work weekends, I miss Sunday School and highly recommend it for God’s children of all ages.


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Jan Ackerson 11/01/07
A good essay--it was at its best at the beginning, with the dialogue, and when mentioning things like painted-over spiders. Keep up that freshness throughout the essay, and you'll really keep your readers interested.
Anothervoice Sunstar11/04/07
Wonderful that you have so many great memories of Sunday School to hold you over until you are able to be back in a place you obviously love.