Help! with Sunday Schooling

Query. In a discussion today, it has arisen that our parish is falling down and failing it’s pre-teen and teenage kids in it’s Christian education program. We have a “children’s” service at 9:15, which alas, seems keyed for the 3-6 year old set, which leaves the older kids a little out of touch. In the 3-8 year old program, they’ve got a really good program based on the “Good Shephard” montessori style teaching of spirituality, but that being very good only highlights the poverty of the program that follows. The other problem is that the class time/period is a little long, that is it lasts from about 90 minutes. Material has been provided for the teachers, but you can sensibly cover the provided material in about 30 minutes.

The crux of the problem is that these kids are progressing from the “thought as a child” stage to (occaisonally) “thinking” more as an adult, but as always some kids are miles ahead of others in the same age group and even those, have good and bad days.

While it is nice to blame the highly secular outside societal pressures with the quite command/universal “falling away” of the young adults (case in point, myself), much might also be blamed at the inattention and poor shepharding of the harried adults of the parish community I think. Anyhow, whatever suggestions or aid might be out there, I’d appreciate.

Any suggestions for resources (Internet links to such would be wonderful) and other ideas would be very much appreciated.

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  1. previous parts of this three part study, I explored the context within which Light and Bushel imagery is presented in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. In this third and final part, I look at the Gospel of Luke. Mark Olson at Pseudo-Polymath presentsHelp! with Sunday Schooling – I’m seeking assistance from the God blogs or “Calling all God Bloggers”, Mayday! (Editor’s Note: As the guy who leads the Sr. High group in their weekly lesson-time at my church, I can highly recommend the material we use – thanks to

  2. Anne says:

    I teach the 5th – 7th grade Sunday school in my church. This is the first year we’ve had a class for that age group. Before, they’ve been lumped in with the little kids and some of them simply would not come.

    I’m not going to say I have solutions all lined up, I can just mention what I’m doing. Working on
    1) Biblical navigation and literacy (just a little bit each week so it doesn’t dominate the lessons). Some of the kids could already recite all the books of the Bible but others had plainly never had one in their hands before. So started with basic skills like naming the gospels, reading the Table of Contents to build name recognition for the books, finding the Old Testament and New Testament, using footnotes to look up a prophecy, using a concordance to find a passage.

    2) reading all the way through a gospel, bit by bit, taking questions as we go and talking through each part … sometimes we get a couple of chapters, sometimes not even half a chapter, in our lesson,

    3) intro to discipleship, applying this stuff to real life, arguments that come up in class, etc.

    No set curriculum to recommend, just a stack of Bibles and someone who doesn’t mind flying by the seat of the pants.