Monday, September 06, 2010
What? We are Skipping Sunday School!!!???!!!
Wow, I have not been blogging very much lately. It's because I've been so busy. Crazy busy. I hate the amount of stuff there is to do. I've decided to step back from choir for a while in order to lighten my load a little bit. That will take a bit, a teensy bit, of the load off for a while.
Sunday was so nice, sitting with the family. We got there early and sat in the second pew and I loved it up there. The iconostasis is so beautiful to look at, and it was nice to be able to see and hear the liturgy so well...not that sound is ever a problem, but right up front, wow! And, it was a very non-distracting spot for the kids. Back ground noise is an issue for some in our family, so people shuffling, whispering, active kids nearby, etc. can be extra distressing.
Hmmmm, what else is going on...ah yes. We've made the potentially controversial and radical decision to NOT do Sunday School this year. Except for Maia...she wants to do Sunday School...so someone will take her and go to Matins. Here's our thinking: At least half our kids strongly dislike Sunday School, to the point of being a gibbering mess of tears or jerking movements after that hour and unable to deal with Divine Liturgy. Second, Sunday School has not yielded ANY friendships for my kids in the almost two years we've been here. Zero. Zip. Nada. Third, my kids claim to already know the stuff that gets taught in SS. I don't want my Aspie kids being basically fried by the time liturgy is starting.
I want my kids to love Church. I want them to love the Divine Liturgy as a way to worship God. And in our case, Sunday School is distracting from that, and detracting from that. So, out it goes. I'm not saying this to say anything bad at all about the program here. It just hasn't been a good fit our our family, despite the wonderful teachers. The kids are less than friendly (that just means they are normal/typical kids who fear that Aspieishness/extreme nerdiness is a communicable disease), with the exception of a few more mature high schoolers (recent graduates actually) who have been nice to my teens.
So, I'd love to hear opinions and feedback...especially from Orthodox Christians. Sunday School, after all, is a recent and an American invention...and has not historically been a part of the building of children's faith. Does it add, or distract? And what should a parent do at home to intentionally shoulder this responsibility? (I have some ideas there...perhaps the topic of future blog posts?)
And while we are on the topic of Sunday School...here's more food for thought at Adventures of an Orthodox Mom. You can weigh in on that discussion over there.
And here's a nice link to a good resource: Making God Real in the Orthodox Christian Home.