~ Allison Hastings
I started attending University Congregational in the Fall of 2014 when my daughter, Madeline, was almost 5, and my son, Arlo, was nearly 2. In those first few months, I brought only Madeline and stayed with her through Sunday School, so she could get used to the teachers and the routine. That experience gave me a deep appreciation for the fun, nurturing environment that the teachers and their youth helpers provide. It was no surprise that Madeline quickly adjusted and became comfortable in their care. Once she was settled, I starting bringing Arlo and helped him through a similar process.
Over the last 5 years, my kids have gone through different phases when it comes to Sunday School. Sometimes they’re enthusiastic (Madeline loves the art projects), and sometimes they’re shy (Arlo can have a hard time separating). Whatever they bring with them, what I know for certain is that the volunteers will go-with-the-flow and be loving and helpful. Our regular volunteers always try to engage us, and some will hug Arlo if he’s having trouble at drop-off. During times when Madeline feels like sitting in the pews instead of being in class, elementary leaders will make it clear that her choice is just fine. These are just a few examples of ways that volunteers that have made a lasting impression on me.
I appreciate all that the Sunday School teachers do for my children, and my heart is full of gratitude for what they do for me. Because of the Sunday School teachers, I can be fully present in the service each Sunday, which feeds my soul and helps me feel centered and grounded for the week ahead.
Thanks to all of the Sunday School teachers for this sacred time!