by James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
The United Methodist Church wants to re-energize Sunday school and spark new ministries. Can you imagine a Charge Conference where the Sunday School teachers are the first people elected to hold office for the upcoming year? Can you imagine a church where 60 to 75 percent of those who attend worship also attend Sunday School? Can you imagine a Sunday School so vital that it has sparked so many other ministries that the church building is in use seven days a week?
Here at Trinity Church, we don’t just imagine these scenarios at Sunday School, they are our immediate goals for 2014-2015, and we’re making things happen. We offer classes for people of all ages. Fall opens with Children’s Worship and classes taught by most of Trinity’s staff. Other classes are sharing the teaching and leadership role rather than having only one teacher. New and exciting opportunities for Christian Education are offered this fall and spring. Check them out!
Our denomination, at the national level, is encouraging us to fill in the generational gaps. We’re learning that by doing that it tends to move the local church forward. It also tends to draw people with children who boost attendance in the children’s and youth classes.
Sunday School: It’s for Life! is a video produced by United Methodist Communications, and is useful for clergy and laity. Free copies can be ordered at www.sundayschool.cokesbury.com, which is a major resource site for all Sunday School teachers.
As the nation’s third-largest religious body [behind Roman Catholics, and Southern Baptists (who include preparatory members as part of the official tally, and Methodists who don’t)] The United Methodist Church is more influential in seats of power than people realize. This means that what is taught in our Sunday School classes is helping determine the religious morals and values on the large scale. Sunday School is where the action is! Trinity Church kicks off the new Sunday School year with a celebration on September 6. Please plan to join us. Sunday School – It’s For Life!