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.