The Big Q
What funny or endearing comments have you overheard in Sunday school?
August 13, 2018
I was team teaching second-grade Sunday school. Another teacher asked the class, “Does anyone know what Lent is?” A quiet boy who rarely participated raised his hand excitedly. “Lent is the stuff you find in your belly button!”
One of our ministry leaders was teaching an object lesson on Jesus’s first miracle of turning water into wine. First, the kids drank plain clear water, then we added flavoring through the “power” of a blender. They exclaimed, “We’re drinking wine in Sunday school!”
Grand Forks, North Dakota
We were reading from the Bible in Sunday-school class, and we talked about the fact that Moses wrote parts of the Old Testament. Katie looked at the printing in her Bible and said, “And he wrote very small.”
Another Sunday I was singing with my two- and three-year-old class. We sang “The B.I.B.L.E.” and I asked, “What does that spell?” To which one of my students yelled, “Pizza!”
Los Angeles, California
I asked my son what they talked about in Sunday school and he answered, “The 10 Duel Commandments. First they were words, then they wrote a song about them!”
Mount Vernon, Washington
I was teaching about communion and told the kids that it is also known as Eucharist. A third-grade girl raised her hand and asked, “Does that have something to do with a uterus?”
Years ago, when one of my little nephews heard the story of the crucifixion, he got very agitated and asked, “Are the bad guys in jail now?”
My two-year-old informed me that Jesus died on the cross—and fell off and bonked his head!
When I taught second- and third-grade Sunday school I created a simplified seder meal on Palm Sunday so I could explain what would be happening in church on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services so that they wouldn’t get scared of the darkness, etc. I had white grape juice for the wine (in case any got spilled so it wouldn’t stain purple), radish slices for the bitters, chopped apples, honey, and cinnamon for the haroset, matzah, etc.
I explained that two of the elements—the wine and the unleavened bread—were what Jesus used to tell his disciples what was going to happen to him and that we use these elements in our communion service as we remember Jesus and his crucifixion.
The kids really liked the story and the food (except for the radishes). A few weeks later one of the little boys came up to me and said, “Today we are having communion, and Dad said I could take it because I know more about it than he does!” That made my day.
I was teaching the children to sing “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.” I asked, “Who knows what a sanctuary is?” One child told me it’s a place where they keep dead people.