The Daily Item
SUNBURY — According to a recent survey by the Barna group, Sunday School attendance continues to decline nationwide, and many churches continue to shut down their Sunday School programs, unwilling or unable to compete with video games, sporting events, and other demands on the time of busy Americans. Yet in the face of this trend, Catawissa Avenue United Methodist Church in Sunbury is taking a stand.
“We have become convinced that growing in wisdom and understanding of the Scriptures is of critical importance to our faith, just like exercise and training are necessary for our bodies,” said Rev. Greg Milinovich, who pastors the church. “We have made a commitment to rediscovering the joy and excitement of a journey of learning in our church.” Rev. Milinovich is speaking of a church-wide effort that has included training teachers, buying new curriculum, creating new classes including one aimed specifically at parents, and a kickoff event that should be a celebratory beginning. The church is looking at this like training for a race or athletic event, as they run the race of life.
All of the excitement begins on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. with a rally day celebration focused on “Cross Training,” complete with games, refreshments, and a fun introduction to the new program. People of all ages and levels of comfort with traditional Sunday School are invited to attend and learn more about this exciting new program, in the hopes of building a new generation of thinking Christians, willing to ask tough questions and wrestle with the answers.
Catawissa Avenue United Methodist Church is a growing community of Christians, worshipping each Sunday morning at 10 a.m., and seeking to offer hope to its neighbors. They can be found on the web at CatawissaAvenueUMC.org.