Sunday, June 6, 2010

Seeing Sunday School

Caleb's boy scout uniform on another day.

I was fully intending to just drop Caleb off when I escorted him to the Sunday School wing. But, his teacher needed extra adult hands. I couldn't say no, and I'm glad I didn't! Attending Caleb's Sunday School class was an experience, to say the least.

Once I was acclimated to the classroom, I was able to take it all in. The 8 o'clock Sunday school hour historically produces low attendance, and those in attendance includes several special needs' children (small classroom=less stimulation + more attention). Needless to say, the classroom had a different dynamic. I first noticed a little boy clutching the American flag, marching around the circumference of the room. Pretty soon, another little boy followed suit grasping his own flag.

The other children seemed oblivious to the impromptu patriotic parade, as they colored and pasted. A few minutes later, Caleb opened the large duffel bag he dragged into class. He produced the contents of the bag: his Boy Scout uniform and awards. He threw his uniform over his church clothes and requested the other children's attention. Then, he began a discourse on the Boy Scouts and his awards. All the while, the parade marched on.

A few minutes later, the Bible lesson began. The teachers did an amazing job making a three-dimensional replica of the Biblical lesson. In fact, I think he did too good a job because the kids were utterly fascinated with his craftsmanship. The end of the story called for fire to rain down from heaven. Being that the church would probably frown on him producing flames, he used silly string to mimic the appearance of fire. The kids were beside themselves. Silly church! It was like he produced the Jonas Brothers. They wanted to touch it, to talk about it, to try it. He tried his best to bring them back to the lesson, but it was silly string after all!

The whole morning was funny, and interesting, and unconventional and wonderful. I was so glad I was able to see these wonderful children, perfectly made in the image of God.

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