Why Teach?

If you ever hear us use the phrase “it takes a village” when talking about Sunday School, you might think we are using that phrase metaphorically, but we are not.  Over 140 people taught Sunday School this past year.  That’s quite a village.

I recently asked several Sunday School teachers why they say “yes” to teaching.  Here are the top five reasons to teach.

  1. I love watching the children learn that God is in their heart (even when the little ones think their heart is in their belly!)
  2. I have always been humbled by the stories of Jesus’ tender heart and love for children.  The children teach me so much about God.
  3. Teaching Sunday School is a great way for me to spend time with my own children.
  4. I believe that volunteering at church is important, and teaching Sunday School is a way for me to model that for my kids.
  5. As members of KUC we are called to serve the church community, and working with kids is one of the ways that I have been able to contribute.

My favorite response, however, was this story about the gift of chapel songs.  “It really is the foundation. When we have ‘concert’ nights at home,  it begins with Taylor Swift and One Direction songs and quickly goes to “Deep and Wide” and all the other KUC/AJN chapel songs. These chapel songs signify a much broader shared experience of their Christian life.”

I hope that no matter your age, no matter where you are on life’s journey, that you might consider bringing your gifts and skills to our Children’s Ministry.  We need parents and grandparents, high school helpers and young adults.  Teach Sunday School with us next fall.  It really does take a village.

In God’s Peace,
Rev. Katie Snipes Lancaster
Associate Pastor for Children and Youth