Archive for May, 2016

End of an era

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

This morning I taught my last lesson in the Sunday School for this school year. (There are still three Sundays to go, but the 2 other teachers of the class will look after those.) We were up to chapter 4 in James, and it turned out to be a good opportunity to think back at what we have done together over the last three years (or seven years in the case of one of the girls), and what we want them to remember as the whole class heads off to Youth Group and High School after the summer:

- Be thankful for what you have, not complaining about what others have

- Don’t be friends of the world – be in it and critical of it, evaluating what it teaches, as we have done discussing together films and music

- We draw near to God through repentance – mourning for our sin and purifying ourselves from it, not reading the Bible, praying and going to church which are the usual answers from church children

- Think about your future (as they all are, having to make big decisions now about schooling that will determine what work they will be able to do) with humility before God.

So it was a good way to wrap up our lessons together, although I will still be spending some time with them in the next couple of months, and then more in the years ahead as well.

Family Day

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Yesterday seemed to be Family Day in church. First there was the new Pakistan family with 6 children who came for the first time, and who immediately created some space problems for the Sunday School. (It is a good thing that they will be getting larger classrooms in a few months!) Then during the service there was the simultaneous presentation of three boys born in February and March. All three fathers are in the music group (which created its own problems with the rosters in those months), so they collectively dedicated and played a song to their sons. Then we could joyfully celebrate all these new children in our monthly lunch together as a church after the service. There was then also the annual meeting of the church, but that too was a joy to hear about God’s working in the church this year, and not just bureaucracy!