The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Sunday school: It isn't what it used to be

Old: Learning Bible stories. New: Forming, practicing faith

n some corners of the ELCA, the Sunday school flannelgraph has been replaced by computers and opening music is now led by a band. And in almost every church from Abilene to Zumbrota, Sunday school is no longer just about a faithful teacher and a roomful of kids.

Photo courtesy archives of the ELCA
Sunday school children at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Birmingham, Ala., 1955.
These days, it’s about teaching teams, learning centers, service projects, intergenerational faith sharing and a strong tie to worship. But it’s also about a faithful teacher and a roomful of kids. Whether it’s 1959 or 2009, Sunday school is still about relationships and faith.

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