Sunday, September 13, 2009

Teaching Sunday first day

The pastor's wife from our church asked me if I'd teach a Sunday School class for 2 months this year. I said "Yes". What was I thinking? This was a class of kindergarten aged kids and I began to wonder if I had what it takes to engage them and keep them interested. Well, it can't really be that bad I began to think. It was only for September and October. was my first day with the kids.

Bruce and I attend Tumwater United Methodist Church when we are living here. We enjoy going there and love our church family, too. This morning I got to church about 30 minutes early to set things up in the classroom. I had no idea exactly how many kids would be coming. I thought I had everything all planned out from the curriculum given to me by our education director. A lot of it is still up to my own discretion on what to teach.

By 9:30 we had 4 little shining faces sitting across from me at the table, looking hopeful. OK...we're on our way I thought. First off, I couldn't get the antiquated stereo/CD system working. Scratch the opening song from the CD I was given and go to Plan B! I made a mental note that I'd have to check with somebody on how to get the CD player working. Next step was an opening prayer and introductions on just who we all were. A couple of the kids began coming while Bruce and I were traveling this past summer so they were new to me.

Anyway, we got through the hour without mishap or tears....I'm talking about myself here!! They seemed to be happy and occupied enough with what I had presented and I guess they will all be coming back again next Sunday. So, I wasn't a total failure after all. There were a couple of moments when Elijah wanted to play the piano although the rest of us were doing a project. And then a few minutes later Cristina wanted to play with the window blinds and they almost fell off the window...but hey, this is kindergarten remember. They have an attention span of about 5 minutes so you have to keep changing it up.

This is funny....when we first got to church this morning Bruce and I took Zoey into the nursery classroom where she spends her time. No teacher. Our pastor looked in to see the kids and saw Bruce there alone with Zoey and another little girl that had come in. I told Pastor Andy not to worry....Bruce would stay and take charge of the nursery this morning. :) Heh! Heh! Heh! I scooted off to my kindergarten kids. The 2 and 3 year olds kept Bruce hopping for an hour before the permanent nursery teacher got there. He's done this a couple of times so it wasn't a real problem for him, but this time around the little ones were rather rowdy and he was happy to be relieved by the teacher.

Since we are only at this church on a part time basis now that we are fulltime RVer's, we both try to do our part to help out as often as we can. It helps to give us a purpose, if you know what I mean.

Until next long for now!


Jerry and Suzy said...

Good for you to take part in the church's life! For some many years, Suzy and I were I extremely active in our Catholic parishes. Now that we are here only part-time, we do try to do our part, but it's hard to put us on any regular schedule for lay ministers when the scheduler has to plan months ahead --- and we don't!

God bless the two of you and the work you do!

Margie M. said...

We try and volunteer here at our home church because when we are on the road we cannot do that. We visit churches in other towns, but we cannot commit to a job in those churches. We may only be there a week or two. If we all work together.......

Margie M. (hanging in there)

Allan and Jeanne said...

It is good that y'all are are volunteering while you are staying in one spot for a while. We started attending a church while we were in Vermont for the summer and really feel at home here. We found that there were different functions and projects that they were asking for volunteers so we jumped in and took part. We got to know the people in the church as well as being able serve the Lord and help others.
God bless,
Allan and Jeanne