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Sunday School Challenge: Few Kids, Multiple Ages!

March 28th, 2013 by Beth A. Lewis

This is a common challenge in congregations of all sizes.  They have only a few children of varying ages, but want to offer a Sunday School faith formation opportunity!  While we often think of this as a “small church” problem, in fact as our mainline denominational churches age (I understand from church researchers that the average age in our mainline congregations is late 50’s while average age in the USA is late 30’s!) there are many mid-sized and even large congregations that have only a handful of K-grade 6 kids!  It’s a dilemma!

Sunday School  This question was asked by my friend, Catherine Fink, Resource Center for the ELCA’s North Carolina Synod:

  “OK, y’all, what do you recommend for one-room Sunday school? This is a small group of 1st through 5th graders in a small congregation.”

My colleague, Education Specialist Kay Neubauer, quickly replied with two possible options from sparkhouse:

  “Spark Rotation all kids model works well in One Room Sunday School for those ages.

  Holy Moly works well for family Sunday school, if they are interested adding parents to the mix!  Every family does both active learning activities   together.”


There are samples for both Spark and Holy Moly available on the sparkhouse website, so you can try either or both out before purchasing!  Who is sparkhouse?  It is our ecumenical publishing division launched almost 3 years ago!  Their resources are receiving kudos from across many Protestant faith traditions!  If you need assistance in figuring out which option is best for your congregation, please don’t hesitate to contact the Augsburg Fortress & sparkhouse Congregational Resource Representative for your area.

And, for more assistance, sign up for one of our free webinars on children’s faith formation!

Thanks for the question, Catherine!  And, thanks for the helpful reply, Kay!

Holy Week & Easter Blessings to you all,



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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

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