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!
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!”