Saturday, June 21, 2008

More Thoughts on Sunday School

Hey friends,

Tara recently got me listening to Anne Lamott's book, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, in audio format. Coincidentally, I listened to Chapter Five (Holy of Holies 101) around the same time that Jake posted his wonderings about Sunday school a couple weeks ago... so I thought I'd post that chapter here for others to listen to. I'd love to read about some of your thoughts or reactions to the ideas she raises, so comment 'til your heart's content.

So without further ado, here's Anne Lamott reading Chapter Five: Holy of Holies 101...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sunday Dinner


My suggestion is we do an Italian theme. We'll provide baked ziti and beverages (there is homebrew). Could someone please bring:
- large tossed salad and dressing
- bread
- another pasta dish or side (eg green beans)
- dessert

See you then.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Beautiful community


Had a great time. Jim and Joy, thanks so much for your hospitality, and your friendship.

Our past, their future

This post may roll too long, so I might chunk it up into parts. We'll see. The subject?

The little ones. The children.

But wait, if you don't have little ones yourself, don't check out yet. This post is as much about being children as it is about having them.

I've been pondering for a while about what 'emerging' is doing, or not doing, to our little girls. It's been a source of guilt at times, and freedom at others. Of course they're only 1 and 3 (ish), and so my source of guilt is actually fear, a form of future-guilt I suppose, of what they may not get from a traditional Sunday school setting. In contrast, freedom has come from knowing that I might be able to positively shape the thoughts that come to my girls' minds when they hear the (for me, very loaded) word, 'church'. Hopefully there are no walls, figuratively or literally, in their definition.

So tonight, on my drive home, came a moderate revelation: I never went to Sunday school. Never. Never as a young child, at least. I first heard the gospel story when I was 9, and didn't attend church until 12.

A setback? Maybe. And yet today I would consider myself very passionate about finding out God's purpose for this crazy creation of His, and sometimes I even act on that passion. :-)

And so, here's where I could use some dialogue to help shape my thoughts. I'd like to hear what everybody's early childhood church experiences were. I believe a collective of these experiences could prove very valuable to all of us.

Let's say anything before junior high goes (for now). Share as much as you'd like about your Sunday School, both positives and negatives. For now, let's try to just collect our experiences. We'll do another post for what conclusions could be drawn, and possibly yet another post for what others are doing around the world in the way of 'children's ministry'.

To get us thinking -

What did you take from Sunday School, that you still cherish today? What things have you had to shed, or get rid of, if any? What specific things that you learned would you say were most valuable? Least?