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Sunday School and the Christian Home

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It’s right around the corner. Can you hear it? It’s Rally Day!

It seems every church has their start of the Sunday School year happening sometime over the next three to four weeks. Rally Day is great for the church for two reasons. First, it is always good to come together as the Body of Christ and encourage one another in learning more about what He has done for us. Second, Rally Day is the perfect new beginning. Rally Day is a fresh start, a great time for families to enroll their kids in Sunday School in a comfortable way. It can be hard to start an activity with your kids when they have missed several sessions. But kicking off a fresh year of Sunday School provides the perfect time for families to get involved.

How can we integrate this activity at church into teaching the faith at home? Here are some practical tips to help your students maximize their learning:

Set behavioral expectations.

Don’t we all struggle with this? Kids will be kids, and they don’t always act in a way that we expect them to. It is important to set behavioral expectations for your children before they enter the Sunday School class. This can be done well before you get to church that day. Having discussions with your children about what is acceptable behavior in class will give them your expectations in advance, which gives you the ability to reinforce those expectations on the way to church. Moving forward, you will be able to change your approach and tell your children how excited you are for them to be in Sunday School and how proud you are that they are well-behaved during their time in class. This allows them to know that you take notice of their behavior. Your students will learn more, and your Sunday School teachers will thank you!

Preview the content for the week.

During your devotional time during the week, take some time to preview the lesson your children will be learning on the following Sunday. This background knowledge will make them a little bit more prepared for class. How can you find out what your children are learning every week? Reach out to your children’s Sunday School teachers. Ask for a copy of the sequence they are following for class. This shouldn’t be too much of a hassle for the teachers because almost every Sunday School curriculum comes with a Scope and Sequence. I’m also sure your Sunday School teachers won’t mind a parent taking an active part in their children’s faith development.

Discuss what you learned.

During the car ride home, at brunch or lunch after service, or at devotion time the next day, take some time with your kids to find out what they learned during Sunday School. You can even share with them what you learned during your adult Bible class. This conversation will do a few things. It reinforces what they learned during class. It also shows them that you value learning about our Lord. Dropping your kids off at Sunday School while not attending Bible study yourself sends a mixed signal. It says that learning about Christ is only for kids, and once you grow up, you grow out of needing to be in His Word. Besides, we shouldn’t be attending adult Bible study just to be an example for our children. We should attend it to learn as well!

Last, but not least . . .

Go to Divine Service! Receive God’s gifts together as a family. Don’t send your children to Sunday School while you go to service. Go receive Absolution together, as a family. Hear His Word proclaimed. Receive His precious body and blood together. In the hustle and bustle of life, don’t choose between Sunday School and Divine Service. Choose both and benefit from both!

So what do you think? What are things that work for you and your family incorporating Sunday School into teaching the faith at home?

God’s blessings as you teach your children the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3 ESV).

 

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Joe Willmann

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Joe Willmann is the Senior Instructional Designer for Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis, MO. A former teacher and administrator, Joe has a passion for education and learning theory. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Ball State University and his Master's Degree from Concordia University - Ann Arbor. He lives with his wife, Nicole, his daughter Ava, and his son Carter. You can read his latest posts here.


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