~ Kathie Vitz
Because it’s fun! And it’s actually not about “teaching” very much at all. It’s more about connecting with the kids.
Plus the support & materials provided by (Director of Children’s Ministry) Betsy Herring and the ministers make it pretty darn easy!
I’ve been at this for a couple of decades now. Back in the days when I was a mom of young children and quite confused about many things, I was trying to figure out: what do I believe? and how can I help my kids discover their own spiritual path? Somehow it seemed like “teaching” once in a while on Sunday mornings might contribute something to my own quest. So I signed up. And it did! Just delving into the stories and learning alongside “my students” was a bit of a breakthrough for me.
Thinking back to that time, I recall attending a workshop, some kind of training in Christian Education (John Westerhoff: Stages of Faith). Another “ah-HA!” It was very exciting to learn about the stages of faith development. The teenage/young adult stage of questioning, searching, maybe rebelling…. that made total sense to me because I had only recently been through it myself.
But what about elementary school-aged children?
I learned in this workshop that when kids are young, faith is affiliative. That stuck with me. It’s how/why community is at the heart of religion. It’s how/why Sunday School should not be about getting a certain point across from a lesson plan, but should be about connecting with one another — creating a safe place for kids to discover that they belong.
It made me appreciate even more the depth & breadth of how we worship together here at UCUCC. Doubts are fine! Questions are encouraged! Differences are embraced! We’re all in this together! And the Love amongst us is God Itself/God Herself made manifest!
So I encourage you to consider teaching Sunday School. You don’t need to have a background in education to enjoy hanging out with the kids. Partnering up with another adult also lightens the load, and you may discover new insights about your own faith development as you contribute to that of the kids. (Affiliative faith is for grown-ups, too.) and/or, just have some FUN!