Sunday School in a Small Church

It is only understandable when parents express to me their desire for a larger Sunday School. They seek peers for their children and peers for themselves, and they think that quality increases with the size of the Sunday School.

So it is time to take up the cudgels for the small Sunday School! The picture below was taken during worship rather than during Sunday School. Yet in worship we oftentimes harvest what Sunday School prepares. And look at the eager and fun faces of our children as I offered them to put their heads into a cardboard box in order to experience darkness as the opposite of the light of Christ!

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It is, however, not just the intensity of joy and eagerness that I wish to point out. Equally important is also the context in which joy and eagerness are unfolding: Our intergenerational congregation that, due to its small size, functions like an extended family for our children. So they grow up much more naturally related to any of us than would be possible in a larger church. With us, they learn even to relate to those of us who, naturally, may not have the greatest inclination of dealing with children. Do you know how good this is, for the children and even the more distant adults alike? A lifetime of people skills develops here, and I see it as Christ opening us up for one another as only he can do it.

So there! I say “Hurray for the small Sunday School!”

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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