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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

May 7, 2010


Here are a few riddles. See if you can solve them.

  • What do the Biblical stories of the Lost Coin and Zacchaeus have in common?
  • What do the Christmas and the Easter Stories have in common?
  • What does Daniel in the lion’s den have in common with the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus?

It’s simple. They are all major stories for the next year’s (2010/11) Sunday School Express.

I am going to write for a moment about our excellent Sunday School program for children, if you are not interested in the Biblical literacy of our children, then skip today’s e-gram and click over to the sports.

It is rather simple. We use the Workshop Rotation Model for our kids each Sunday. We focus on a major Bible story for five weeks and then we move to another story for five weeks. So our kids experience the story from five different angles (video, cooking, art, drama or games) and over that five-week period, the story should stick. Also we recognize that during any five-week period the kids will probably only attend an average of three Sundays. (Life is busy and churches are in competition with Scouts, sports, trips to Grandma, and the Hometown Buffet).

What is remarkable about the curriculum is that Mary Kate Patterson creates it. She asked me for some of the major stories which I will be preaching or reading next season and then she placed the Sunday School Express themes on Sundays to match the Scriptures for that Sunday. I tip my hat to Mary Kate. Becca Mount has taken to organizing the teachers and shepherds (along with Barb Anderson and frankly, the entire CE Committee).

The biggest challenge is to get teachers to give four (only 4!) weeks to our children. We have found that when they teach once, they are hooked. Who wouldn’t be? You get to teach kids about the Bible stories. That is exactly what we, as a church, are called to do! It’s great work too.

Why are adults hesitant to teach? I suppose that there are a number of reasons, but Mary Kate has written the curriculum so that you have a lot of freedom to make it your own and easily teach. But many say that the reason they hesitate to teach is that “they miss Bob’s sermons for four weeks.”

That’s interesting, because when they teach and they are asked what they liked about the teaching (besides interacting with the kids), the next best reason for teaching was that “they miss Bob’s sermons for four weeks.”

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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