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The Joy of Teaching Children by Lydia Bunch

Although I did not grow up at Second Baptist, I have fond memories of the teachers who gave their Sunday mornings to help give me a strong faith foundation.

When I was given the opportunity to join that special team at Second, I knew that this would be a space for me to share my love for small children and my desire to serve. I spent five years with Marilyn Buhlig loving on one-year-olds fresh out of the nursery. We sang songs, read Bible stories, and wiped lots of tears; all the while reminding our little friends that their parents would be back soon. The one and two-year-old classes merged last year, and with a slightly older group with slightly longer attention spans, we started to play games and find crafts that allowed their little minds to grab onto our Bible stories each week. It is so fun to see eyes light up with recognition when they remember the story from the week before, or an idea connects to their life at home.

This year, I graduated to the three year old class, and these sweet little friends amaze me every week. I have spent time with this group since they were one-year-olds, and I love to see their silly, creative, and totally authentic minds at work processing these ancient stories.

I am often reminded of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Sunday mornings are a time that I look forward to weekly. I started helping in Sunday school because I wanted to serve, but I continue because I have the privilege to experience my own faith through the innocence and openness of the smallest of our church family.

Submitted by Lydia Bunch