You’re right, Trudi! And yet this is the challenge we face, but not trusting in our own strength or skills. We know it’s God’s work to show HImself to the children and we are trusting that He will accomplish that by His Spirit, in spite of our weakness. I am very thankful for the faith and flexibility of our teachers and assistants though.
Also, I’m sure there will be moments when the little ones will not quite get it and there will be times when the older ones are a little impatient at the pace….but if you think about it, that’s probably true in the adult congregation as well!:-)
I also know how one of my own moments of most profound spiritual understanding as an 8-year-old child, came inside a sermon meant for adults. Who would have figured? Some churches would not even have let me in the adult congregation to hear but would have banished me to the Children’s church.
So in the end, we know it is a less than ideal situation, and yet, we cannot wait to see what God will do!!!
In a way it was a revelation. I was expecting most of the children to be 3 or 4-years-old, since that is the age of the children who usually come to church. But the ones who came were elementary age and even a couple of young teens begged to be allowed to come. So I better keep that in mind as I prepare my lesson!