(Sunday) School’s Out For Summer!


19/07/2013 by Chris Green

School terms are over, the summer hols are here, and it’s time to close down the children’s groups for a few weeks and have a series of all age services.

So – why do we do that?

I understand why the leaders make need a break, and it’s harder to get a rota together when you’re not sure who’s going to be there, and it seems like a lot of work each week when there’s only a handful of children on the day.

But, still, why do we pattern our children’s groups on the rhythm of the school year?

If we are persuaded that discipling our children is an important task, which requires effort, focus, creativity and prayer – why do we stop doing it for six weeks? Over 10% of the year?

Give the normal leaders a rest. Recruit some people who don’t normally do it – perhaps some people who don’t take their holidays during the school break (there are lots of them!) and continue with the discipling. Yes, you may have fewer children on any Sunday, and you may have to have a wider age range in fewer groups, but it’s still worth making a serious effort.

And that way, you can continue discipling the adults as well.

2 thoughts on “(Sunday) School’s Out For Summer!

  1. Sue Stones says:

    Do your sunday schools take place during the church meeting. Some people think that children should never be out in Sunday school, they should be in with the rest of the family, learning to participate there.

    I have mixed feelings, I think age relevant learning is important, and certainly better than learning to day dream though prayers and sermons. But I also think that learning to participate in normal church activity is important too, and school holidays may be a good time for that. (Plus it teaches grumpy old folk to learn to tolerate children as part of the family) Just as long as people don’t start thinking that holydays are for spending time away from God.

    • Chris Green says:

      I’m used to the idea that we’re all together for the first fifteen minutes and then separate into different school ages/adult. I’m happy to call the whole ensemble ‘church’.

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