By Denise Rene Hannah, Sunday School Superintendent
On Sunday, May 17 we are hosting our Annual Sunday School Picnic… a time to celebrate this past year.
I want to thank the Board of Ed, all of our teachers, and the Elmwood congregation for their flexibility, creativity and servant attitude this year. We changed things. We pruned things. And we tried new things!
Just to review:
Things change, and through it all people have served, prayed and encouraged with a gracious, sweet spirit. We know that the only thing that does not change is Our Lord and Savior, and the truth in His Word.
Sunday, May 17 is the traditional “end” of our Sunday School season, but I want to challenge us all to think of it as our call to action for the wonderful things and changes that will happen in the coming months. It is time for us to take back our ground, and what has been stolen from our communities and churches. That ground is our communities’ future: OUR CHILDREN!
We know that less and less children and families are growing up in church. In 1950, less than 4% of the population claimed to be atheist or non-religious. Today 23% of people between the ages of 18-29 claim to have no religion. Phil Zuckerman, a sociology professor, wrote in the LA times this past January, that children raised in non-religious families are just as moral as their religious counterparts-and perhaps more so. There were lots of holes in his research and methods, but in today’s society more and more children are growing up in non-religious homes that believe Zuckerman’s theories.
We all know the Word of God says, “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Children in our community need to be trained in the Word of God, not the word and ways of current culture that does not follow our Lord. If their parents are not teaching them the truth, we need to stand in the gap and be their teachers and mentors. It is our responsibility to make disciples and to mentor the next generation.
Research shows that if person does not accept Christ as their Savior before the age of 14, the likelihood of them ever doing so is very slim. Ninety percent of all people that go into full time ministry or missions felt that calling on their life before the age of 12. We have to pray and focus on the ages 5-13 window as much, or if not more so, than the ages 10-40 window.
So here are some things I am asking each of us to personally do:
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