The new year is almost here. No, not the ball-drop in Times Square or the singing of Auld Lang Syne New Year. The school year.
Your mailbox is full of fliers announcing “Back to School” specials—backpacks, computers, pens and pencil. Yes, they still sell notebooks— the kind with paper in it. College students are packing up, thinking about what they need to survive and thrive in this academic year. Those of us not in school feel the effects as traffic increases and yellow school buses appear at every corner.
When public education began in the US, the school year was tied to the agricultural cycle. Children were needed at home to help with the harvest, so school was scheduled for winter months when the fields were dormant.
Our Jewish friends and neighbors fittingly mark the beginning of the new year with Rosh Hashana (Sept 13 this year).This marks the anniversary of God’s creation of the world—something we can all celebrate.
With these beginnings and new chapters, it is time to get back to Christian education. We can remind adults that learning is not just for kids and never has been. We learn throughout our life spans. God’s work in our lives is not done and we do well to join in that endeavor all along the way.
Kids know when it’s time to get back to school. We should help adults know that it’s time to get back into the discipline of learning and Bible study. So, what are we doing in our church to make adults aware that Christian education is also