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By Pat Cole
As a chemist I deal with a lot of numbers in my job. As Sunday School director I have observed Sunday School attendance patterns for many years. The attendance numbers are important because each number represents a life potentially being transformed by the regular study of God’s Word. That life transforming message is just as important today as it was thousands of years ago.
I have recently been reading a book by David Francis and Michael Kelley called One Hundred- Charting a Course Past 100 in Sunday School (Lifeway Press, 2016). I offer some interesting numbers from their study of Sunday School in Southern Baptist Churches (SBCs).
* 50% of SBCs have Sunday School attendance of <100 persons. Another 40% have attendance between 100 and 200. Calvary has averaged about 137 for the current church year. Great job church!
* 67% of worship attendees will attend Sunday School on average.
* 50% of those enrolled in Sunday School will attend on any given Sunday.
* For new believers who join a church, after 5 years, 82% of Sunday School attendees remained active members. For worship attendees only, just 16% were still active members.
I offer this quote: “Sunday School attendance is a much more reliable gauge of church health than worship attendance.” And another quote… “Everybody doesn’t want to go to a mega-church! The reality is most people do not think about going to any church.” “The advantage for a smaller church is that the first visit…is not like going to the super-center.”
Calvary’s Sunday School offers a great way to become plugged in. Some of these statistics and quotes present a challenge concerning the importance of Sunday School to a church and more importantly to our church. We have numerous classes with wonderful teachers who are prepared each week to offer the transformational Word of our God! If you are not currently involved in Sunday School please give this opportunity sincere consideration. As always, I look forward to Seeing You in Sunday School!
Learn more about our Children's Ministry by using the links below.
Nursery - Our Nursery is for infants through 2 years old. We have well-trained volunteers who are excited about taking good care of your little ones while you are here at church! Our nursery is just outside of the sanctuary in room 108.
Pre-K - This is the youngest of our "Calvary Kids" classes. This class is for ages 3 to 5. They are working through a curriculum called Bible Studies for Life, and we are excited for the opportunity to disciple our children as they first begin to understand who Jesus is and what He did for us! Our Pre-K class meets in our Kids Wing, and all children who attend must be checked-in by one of our volunteers!
K-2nd Grade - This class is for all kids who are currently in Kindergarten up through 2nd grade! K-2nd Grade is working through Bible Studies for Life, and our teachers cannot wait to partner with parents in helping your students understand their faith. We are grateful for the opportunity to come alongside parents in discipleship! Our K-2nd class meets in our Kids Wing, and all children who attend must be checked-in by one of our volunteers!
3rd-5th Grade - Our 3rd-5th grade is the oldest of our "kids" classes. They are studying through Bible Adventures, as they seek to become more like Christ! The 3rd-5th grade class also meets in the Kids Wing, and they must be checked-in by one of our volunteers at the check-in station!
Learn more about our Student Ministry by using the link below.
6th-12th Grade - Our students, both middle and high school, meet together in one large group! On Sunday mornings, our students meet in the education building as we study through The Gospel Project curriculum. We are excited about following the chronological story of the Bible and seeing how it really is all one story that points to Jesus and what He did on the cross. Our students are learning what it means to read their Bible, to pray, to tell others about Jesus, and to live lives that look like Christ! On different occasions, we may separate the middle from high school for a week or two depending on the subject matter.
All Sunday classes are open to anyone, and if you do not fit in the first class you try,
then we encourage you to try another class!
Learn more about our Adult Ministries by using the links below.
Community Class - The Community Class is studying through The Gospel Project! We are a mix of various ages in an effort to build community for the purpose of fellowship and discipleship. We meet in the Education Wing!
Forever 45 - Forever 45 is studying through MasterWork! We are excited to grow together as a community, building relationships in order to glorify God and see His Kingdom grow! This class is a great fit for adults with older teens and empty nesters, but it is open to anyone. Come join us and see the work that God is doing!
Heartstrong - Our Heartstrong class meets in the church Fellowship Hall. In Heartstrong we are working to build a community of believers that lives like Jesus and loves the world like He does! We are currently studying through the Explore the Bible curriculum, as we take different passages of Scripture and see what they tell us about God, ourselves, and how we should live. This class is multigenerational, and everyone is welcome!
Journey - This class is working through the Explore the Bible curriculum! As Journey explores passages of Scripture in order to grow closer to Jesus and live a life that is pleasing to Him, we want to do so in a community that can hold each other accountable.This class is excited about ways that we can grow His Kingdom and live the journey of the Christian life together!
New Foundation Young Adult Class - The Young Adult Class is for adults ages 18-35. (College, Career, Singles and Married Couples) Come join us as we work on building our own foundations, building relationships with each other, and studying God's Word! We meet in the Fellowship Building.
FOR SENIOR ADULTS
Faithkeepers - The Faithkeepers class meets behind the sanctuary in room 110. This class is great for those looking for a strong community of mature believers!
New Beginnings - The New Beginnings class meets behind the sanctuary in room 109. New Beginnings is currently working through the Explore the Bible study. This class is excited each Sunday to see what God will reveal through His word about how we should live our lives. Come and join us and become part of our community!