I’ve shared before that I teach the Uniteens at my church. Uniteens is typically grades 6-8, but my group right now ranges from (rising) 5-9. They are great kids and I am so happy in my role as their “teacher.”
A few weeks ago we did a lesson where we were asked to come up with a class motto. We had to choose three words that answered “who are we?” And three things that expressed “what are we here to do?” We brainstormed both topics.
Who are we?
The group of kids present that day narrowed the list down to three words: awesome, insane, and loving. I felt a little bit resistant. Why insane? But, I let them have the freedom to choose on this one without my rational grown-up opinion. The interesting thing is that after they studied the list for a few minutes one boy suggested we change the order and phrasing of the words to Insanely Awesome at Loving. Quickly everyone agreed. So the question to who are we became:
We are INSANELY AWESOME at LOVING!
What are we here to do?
We listed a lot of stuff including learn about God, connect with God, meditate, and pray. But when the kids narrowed down the list, they got rid of all that stuff. Once again I felt that resistance. But it’s church, guys. I didn’t express that out loud. I gave them the freedom once again. The three things they all agreed on were be positive, have fun, and laugh. And so the goal of our group became:
We are here to BE POSITIVE, HAVE FUN, and LAUGH!
I have come to realize the most important thing I can offer the kids at church is love and a safe place to be themselves. I will teach them about the God I know and the spiritual life every week. They may or may not remember what I teach. But if we follow the motto and are being positive, having fun, and laughing every week they will always know church to be a joy-filled place. I am certain that wherever there is love and joy, we are experiencing God and that is much more important than just learning facts about him.