A student I taught with recalls licking honey from Hebrew letters as a child. My own memories of religious education are less auspicious.
After the funeral, I was ready to help the boy's family find a church home closer to where they lived. Instead, they stayed with us.
Churches need to take time to discern their particular Christian formation mission. Only then can they choose curricular resources to support this.
My church's adult Sunday school class ended up doing a six-week study of one of John Ortberg’s inspirational and easy-to-read books. A member of the class loved the book and wanted to share and teach it—and who can argue with six weeks off as a teacher? Before that, we’d been through many of N.T. Wright’s “For Everyone” study guides, and we'd organized a successful unit on Islam and Christianity, taught well by an instructor from our county college. We’ve read Adam Hamilton; we've added online conversation to our Lenten study. Now what?
The children from our church walked into the synagogue quietly. But when the rabbi invited them to look at the ark containing the Torah scroll, they lost all reserve.