A Letter in Support of Sunday School   Leave a comment

This is a letter from a remote member of our Canberra church community. All services and testimony meetings are available via phone for those who cannot attend in person. Sunday School classes are also available via Skype for all age groups.

I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Christian Science church in Canberra for their Sunday School.  I grew up with Christian Science, attending Sunday School for most of my childhood.  It taught me the power and omnipotence of God.  Sunday School taught me the basics:  how to pray; how to be brave; how to be grateful.  It also taught me the reliability of God’s love, where no matter the situation we are always protected, we are always loved and we are always cared for.  I have had countless healings from these fundamental truths and I want my children to be bought up with healing, and with God being a normal part of life. 

We live in a small town in Tasmania where there is no Christian Science Church or Sunday School.  When my eldest daughter was three I started praying about this as I wanted her to go to Sunday School but wasn’t sure if I should teach her or if there were other options.  I spoke to my aunt, who is a member of the Christian Science Church in Canberra, about this, and she came up with the perfect solution … Skype Sunday School.

The teacher on the pre-school class is the blessing we sought.  She is a confident, loving teacher who pitches stories at the girls (my 2yro is also now a weekly attendee) in an age appropriate, enthusiastic way.  She mixes Bible stories and songs that maintain their attention all the way from Tasmania!  I have never had a Sunday morning where either of them has not willingly ‘gone to Sunday School’.  We Skype from their bedroom, which they tidy up every Sunday morning so their teacher will be proud of them.  The girls’ favourite song from Sunday School has always been The Silly Man and the Wise Man song.  They sing it so often at daycare that the other children can now sing it too.

The girls’ teacher has been teaching the girls how to pray:  have no fear, God loves me, be grateful for all your blessings, (and their favourite part) jump for joy!  And she’s been demonstrating this through wonderful Bible stories and analogies.  The constant reinforcement of God’s love is cutting through some of the fairly scary messages they are bombarded with from the news and other children.  Colds and general childcare diseases rarely touch our household (or the daycare for that matter) and when occasionally the ideas present, they are met with prayer and chant of, ‘Error, error go away’.  And it does. This was beautifully highlighted last year with the bush fires that were raging around NSW.  My mum, dad and sister live near Nowra and had a very large blaze running straight at them.  My sister had ash falling on her house and Mum and Dad who live at the top of a beautiful but heavily forested mountain were packing up ready to evacuate.  I spoke to the girls and asked them to pray for Nanna and Grampy.  Neither of the girls was scared (and they both know what fire is like as their Dad is on a forestry brigade), both took the job of praying very seriously and the older girl told me in unequivocal terms, ‘There’s no spot where God is not’.  We kept in contact with Nanna and Auntie K for most of the evening, but within 30 mins of us all starting to pray the fire quietened down and the danger passed.  The girls don’t think of this as anything miraculous or wonderful it was just what they expected.  This is what the world needs … prayer to be normal, prayers to be answered and to be unimpressed by challenges whatever form they take.

I cannot thank Canberra church enough for the effort they put into my girls.  It is standing them on firm ground and teaching them lessons that will influence and guide them for the rest of their lives.  As parents our job is to give the world useful, compassionate little people that will bless the space around them.  One of the best ways to do this is to send our children to Sunday School.  Thank you for the logistical support and for the smiles every Sunday.  Thank you for teaching them the good stuff and putting up with the wriggles.  The girls love going to Sunday School.

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