Thoughts On Graduation Sunday
In Virginia, “BACK TO SCHOOL” for public school is the Tuesday following Labor Day. Due to the late start, our promotion Sunday at church isn’t until mid-September. But when you teach Sunday school (sorry for the old term – I think they’re called PLUG-IN groups) every other month – and you’re scheduled to teach on EVEN months – your last Sunday with your class is comes the last weekend in August.
As I write this article, that means that this coming weekend is the last weekend I will have with this current group of kids. That realization really makes me sad! I have really grown to love my current class of 5th grade kids! That is more than just kind words, I really mean it. I am truly going to miss each and every one of them! We have had such a good time growing in our faith together! I come to church each weekend excited to teach, and they respond with a genuine excitement for learning! In this article, I would like to reminisce a little bit and share about my time with this particular group.
My Routine With My Kids
Our routine each week is familiar. We talk about Jesus, our Bible Story, our Memory Verse, and a real-life story that God is always gracious enough to create for me to share with the kids from the previous week. We also talk about current events. This month we’re talking a bit about the photo negatives that were purchased at a garage sale about 10 years ago in California – the ones that the owner “claims” are Ansel Adams negatives! Have you read about that? Well, every week this month, just prior to leaving my home on Sunday morning, I GOOGLE the topic to review the most recent information on the story in order to update the class. This month, we have been talking about peace, and I managed to find a way to work it in this particular story.
I have also been teaching them that you can’t always believe what you hear in the media – a lesson I sure wish someone would have told me about when I was growing up. I remember the day that hit me out of the blue. I saw a commercial on television and realized that not everything in that commercial was telling the truth. I digress – back to the topic at hand. I ask my kids questions before giving the answers – and they LOVE to tell me their opinion. I am here to tell you, the kids of today are REALLY SMART!! They never cease to amaze me with their questions and insights.
A Parting Gift
Oh my gosh, the more I type, the more my heart is breaking – I am REALLY going to miss these kids. Let me wrap it up by saying I have put together a couple little things for each child to remember me by: a 5th grade graduation certificate (created by my fabulous friend, Tara Mays – NOTE: Click on the image above to see full size), a God pencil to use in school, a bookmark with references on how to develop a quiet time with the Lord (I tell them about mine all the time and challenge them to BE WITH HIM daily too!), and a piece of licorice. Why licorice, you ask? Well, the truth is that you can buy huge packs of licorice at Costco for next to nothing – but I also did a Google search on the history of licorice and plan to incorporate that into my presentation Sunday morning. The licorice I have is red in color and so I can use it to symbolize both the blood of Christ and the color of a Valentine’s Day heart. That is a message, and a reality I want to leave them with – the reality of God’s love, and mine, for them.
What do you do for your kids for graduation Sunday?