There are some basic things that we need to learn to get along with each other. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things by Robert Fulghum, is a great poem and book about just those things. You can learn more about it below.
However, a lot of the core foundational stuff that Christians need to learn, we picked up in Sunday school.
I have good memories about attending Sunday School. I remember my first class at 8 years old, which made me feel like such a big girl.
We sat on itchy wicker chairs around a large table, as my Sunday school teacher led us songs that involved movements.
I remember her smiling as she handed out Sunday school books. They looked like serious business but they smelled like peppermint. There was a chart with all of our names on it with neat little boxes waiting for us to earn stickers.
If we earned a row of stickers, then we got a special treat (it turned out that everyone got a treat) but who cares it was Chocolate Fudge Cake at the end of the quarter. (MMM…cake).
Things you may have learned in Sunday School:
The first thing your Sunday school teacher instructs you to do is to come every Sunday. Not just to get your sticker, but it is written:
Hebrews 10:25 King James Version (KJV) – “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
There are many benefits to attending church and here is a link to learn more about church.
The class always started with thanks
Ezra 3:11 reads “And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel.”
Prayer and thanks gives God honor and puts us in a good frame of mind.
Then we placed our offerings in little plastic bowl.
We learned – 2 Corinthians 9:7 – “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
It turns out that it is always good because when we all give a little then we can have a lot to do something for the Kingdom of God.
Every Sunday we recited our memory verses for which we would get a gold sticker on a chart. I used to whine, “But why do I need to memorize it? Why can’t I just read it?”
Psalm 119:11 is why we had to commit it to memory – “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
In Sunday School, we learn the pleasure of singing with friends. Things always feel better when we can sing, better yet when a friend sings with you.
We learned kindness by experiencing it from our teachers.
Our lessons taught us to apply the Word of God.
We learned to worship and pray in Sunday School by putting it in practice.
Always bring a friend with you – it makes the juice and crackers taste better.
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