How many of your churches still have some sort of Sunday School for adults?
Man. With my schedule…
I’d love to crank it all out on a Sunday morning.
What about you?
I love Sunday school! With 5 kids we don’t always make it , but when we do it so good I walk into church filled with God’s spirit like I just left a church service! The church we attend still has Sunday school for 1 yr olds all the way up. A shout out to the Sunday school teachers for their time and great lessons:)
Mine still has Sunday school for all ages. Of course we also still have wooden pews and hymnals as old as the (100+ year old) building….
PLEEEEASE bring back Sunday School!!! I attended a church for 3 years with that did not have Sunday School. Last year, I got married and my husband and I attended a church with an adults SS class that met every Sunday, same time, same place, same people (give or take) and we LOVED it. I met more people and friends there than I had in any core group- albeit core groups as a single young adult tend to be very inconsistent.
We recently moved (again) and are attending a church with a core group system. Man, we are jonesin’ for some Sunday School. We go to service and leave- with relatively no fellowship… and we even hang out and try to talk to people. With our crazy schedule, all these groups of amazing fellowship time are happening when we are working. Ugh. Perhaps we’ll start one on Sunday Morning
We still have SS for everyone from babies on up. I don’t always make it, but I love going. I always seem to learn so much!
I grew up attending Sunday school, but by high school I was tired of it. No adult Sunday School at my current church, and I’m not sure I care one way or the other. I do think it might be a good idea in that so many people who come to our church did not attend church growing up, so they don’t know the basics. One thing Sunday School does for sure is increase Bible literacy.
And if so, can we get the little felt story boards where the teacher moved the characters around to tell the story?
We do Sunday School here in the CLT under the name “Growth Groups” for adults. It has blessed our church and help our people understand the Gospel, basics of faith, and how to live as a missionary in their everyday lives.
the church i have been attending recently has sunday school classes at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 every sunday morning, plus other growth groups at various times throughout the week both in the mornings and the evenings… i haven’t gone to one yet, but am thinking about it… just wish the husband would go to one WITH me
Every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM Trinity Church has a young adult Sunday school class where we hash out stuff. Each weak it’s fuller and fuller. i love that time.
Amen! I wish Cross Point had a Sunday School for adults – something other than just going to service and leaving.
Is it terrible for me to say I don’t even really know what Sunday school is? I just always assumed it was an ‘old school’ term for your basic Sunday church service. I didn’t really find Christ and become involved in the body until I was around 23 yrs old. Maybe that has something to do with it…
I guess I know what my next Wikipedia indulgence will pertain to!
“A Sunday school is an institution designed to teach people, usually children, about Christianity, named such because most Christian churches meet on Sunday.
Sunday schools were first set up in the 1780s to provide education to working children on their one day off from the factory. It was proposed by Robert Raikes, editor of the Gloucester Journal in an article in his Journal and supported by many clergymen. It aimed to teach the youngsters reading, writing and cyphering and a knowledge of the Bible. It was a full 90 years in 1870 before children could attend schools during the week.”
Huh… Who the heck knew!?
Yup, we do. Multiple classes. Some are Life Groups that meet Sunday morning, some are regular all year classes. We don’t currently make it to any because of his work schedule but hopefully we can soon.
I’ve been to few churches that do it well. Many times there is some sort of class but it just doesn’t have that same feel. Maybe it’s the time of life that I’m in but it seems any clasees that are offered don’t have me as a targeted audience. Best class that I went to actually met at the home of one of my Bible College professors after service. We went to his house and then after class we did lunch, it was made up of almost all students from the college and it was a great dynamic. Most of the time now I find myself teaching a HS group in the mornings to try to recapture that Sunday School feeling. I wish that there was a class targeted to younger adults without families it would be nice to spend time with people in a similar place in life.
Second question has the small group movement attempted to replace the Sunday School void in churches today for adults?
I think it depends on where you are. I am in a country where every church has sunday school for all ages.
We still have Sunday School. We use it as one of our main forms of group Bible study. Our small groups function as Bible study but a lot of fellowship and doing life together.
Sunday School is a great thing in our church that still works for us.
Sunday School is big at my church. We have Bible Studies during the week too, but every Sunday morning Sunday School.
We have a discipleship programme, which is kind of a Sunday School for adults. The sessions allow adults to learn the word of God, ask questions, discuss personal issues in the light of God’s word and overall to mature as a Christian. In Hosea 4:6, God says “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” The word of God is for us to grow and live. None should perish for lack of knowing God’s word.
We do in our little tiny town of Round Top. We call it Sunday Morning Bible Study. Same thing as ‘Sunday School.’ It is a time of discipleship and a safe place to dig deeper in understanding God’s Word. How we came to have the Bible. Growing in our walk with Christ, encouraging each other and holding each other accountable. We have mixed groups. Mens class, Women’s class and then a mixed group as well as children’s classes. I love that it is a safe and honest place to grow. We are a weekend community and many of our people travel so it was cool to see God’s Spirit at work in the dynamic based on who is there that day.
I work with thousands of churches in their Sunday School/Small Group ministry. It doesn’t matter what name you call it but a church needs some type of on-going small group ministry. There are still churches that are reaching and teaching people through the traditional approach of Sunday School. The name is not important but the functions are vital. The Sunday morning small group Bible study must be teaching the Bible to produce transformational/missional living, engaging those that attend the group to share the verbal message of Jesus with those that do not know Him and caring for people through prayer, ministry and fellowship. The group must connect with each other past the Sunday morning experience. The people in the group must know that the others in the group care for them. Sunday School still works if we work the Sunday School.
A good book on how to make Sunday School work in your church is Sunday School that really works.
Sunday morning is the “easiest” time to do it to get everyone connect and that book will help you pull it off.It’s good for small groups and meetings outside the church as well.
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