Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sunday Schooled

Well, it appears that we are at a crossroads at my house. Religion has never been a major factor in our home, and we are pretty comfortable with that. Lately however, Caroline has been asking some questions and making some statements which lead me to believe that it is time. Time for Sunday school, time to step up to the plate. Statements and questions such as:

  • Look mom, there's a church. People go there to die. (She attended a funeral for a family member)
  • Hey look, it's Jesus. (As we drive by a church) Did you know Jesus and Rudolph were born on the same day in the same place?
  • I'd sure like to go see that Jesus statue again (This was in Utah and I'm not sure if this is more about her desire to see the statue again or go on vacation again.)
  • Did Jesus have wings? Do angels wear these on top of their heads? (As she puts a baby teething ring on top of her head)

Obviously she has some curiosity about the subject. Obviously I should start getting up earlier on Sunday mornings to get her to church and Sunday school. I remember being told once that one hour of the week isn't too much to give up. Now if that isn't a guilt trip.

How about you? Is church an important factor in your life?

12 comments:

Hillary said...

Yeah it seems like little Caroline is ready for Sunday School.

One of my 1st New Year resolutions was to build my relationship with God. I grew up going to church, but it was more of a "you have to go" kind of thing instead of me really wanting to go. So as an adult I still believed and had faith, just didn't go to church. Since being with Will, we found a church that we both really like and now go every Sunday. I have enjoyed it quite a bit and would like to be more active. I think we are going to start Sunday School ourselves in the next few weeks.

V said...

It used to be when I was growing up and I went to a Catholic school for college! I always tell myself that 100% when/if I have kids I will go to church. Not sure why I can't go now...and my parents always say that same thing about "God gave you life, you can at least give him one hour of your week." btw, LOVE the fact you have "Joy and Pain" on your mixpod.

Jane said...

My parents were Sunday School teachers and I had to go every Sunday until I was 14. I objected and my parents didn't make me go.
Although I never stopped believing I went back to church after my son was born. I was 25 at the time. I looked back on my life and realised how much strength and comfort I had acquired from my years of going to church.
I was brought up Protestant but my husband was Catholic. When we married I moved to the area where he grew up and most of his friends were Catholic. I loved the way church was considered part of life.
I converted to Catholicism in 1992 and all my children have been baptised.
However, I am a questioning Catholic. There are many aspects I don't completely sign up to.
Over recent years we haven't been to church as much, mainly due to football. But I love going to church now. In the darkest hours I never feel alone.

Kimberly said...

Geez, this is why I can't have kids! I wouldn't know what to say and do to the little squirt!

Once we moved to the small town my stepdad was from when I was eight we started going to church. It was a very social thing to do and honestly everyone did it. My mom joined Church Council and I was involved in every youth organization activity imaginable - heck, I was even president of the youth group for 4 years. Then I went to college and left that life behind - I have only been back to church a couple of times in the past 12 years. Despite going through the motions all of those years I have come to realize that I am agnostic and just can't truly believe. This makes my mom sad even though she doesn't attend church anymore. However, I am extremely glad I had the experiences I did - I learned a lot by going to church and taking religion classes in college. So, I think give Caroline the gift of education on the matters of Christianity (and anything else she expresses an interest in) and then in the long run she can make educated decisions for herself.
Now, lets get back to discussing Vera Wang skirts - this was a bit deep!! :-)

ohthatgirl said...

I went to Church and Sunday School every Sunday growing up. When I got older I decided church wasn't for me (because of various reasons). I gave it another go a couple of years ago but decided that organized religion just wasn't for me. I believe in God but I don't believe you necessarily have go to church to have a relationship with Him. OTD goes to church with my MIL ever so often so she has that option available to her.

Sara said...

The girls would love Caroline to join them at Sunday School...

Leslie said...

Church and religion is a huge part of my life...I attend pretty much every week and am actively involved in my church and a weekly bible study with friends. I think it's great to take children, not only for the exposure to Christianity, but also for the social friends they can make at church. My friends growing up were pretty much all church friends and because of our similar values, we kept each other out of trouble too and were all good influences on each other. I think it's wonderful that you are taking Caroline!

Karen said...

Yes, church is very important to me and my family. The church and Sunday school answer questions I can't. I do Bible studies with other women or on my own. In this world of wars, and crushing pain, what's there left but to rely on God, knowing he's got it all planned out His way. Faith gives great relief and freedom from worry. The Bible tells me all I really need to know in life.

La Belette Rouge said...

I am agnostic. I think I had too much church growing up. I went to parochial school, Sunday school and I went to Hebrew school with Jewish friends.

KT said...

Belette- Were we seperated at birth? I went to parochial school during the school year and spent my summers at the Jewish Community Centers summer camp. If all that doesn't confuse a kid I don't know what will!

La Belette Rouge said...

Wow! I thought I was the only one. Here is a topper to my religious confusion. My grandmother was highly Baptist, my father was always identifying with his great-grandmother's native American influence( i.e., the sun is god) and his father was a Christian Scientist. Too much religion in childhood has created an adult with a good amount of skepticism.

Miss Janey said...

Once upon a time, church (not spirituality, btw, just churgh-going) was forced into Miss J's life- she was a youngster and had no say-so. As soon as she was allowed, she quit going. If she had kids, Miss J wouldn't want them beign told "homosexuality is wrong", "an eye for an eye" adn a lot of other thigns many churches push. Organized religion isn't necessarily about spirituality and is not Mss J's thang.

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