In the 6th grade classroom there is a large metal envelope hanging on a bulletin board, and the students know that during bible class, anytime they have a Bible / religious question pop in their mind (whether related to the topic of class, or not), they can go and write it on a slip of paper and place it in the envelope.
Essentially, the Wednesday night class is offering them permission to wonder, be curious, and not be embarrassed by asking questions.
Here are a few questions that have been submitted over the last few weeks:
Do pets go to heaven?
If God knew we would sin, why did he create humans?
Why do scientist say the earth is billions of years old?
Did they eat spaghetti in Bible times?
I love finding these questions each week, not only because they often make me laugh, but also because it shows our kids are thinking, and that they are curious for more information.
That’s the value of Bible class, whether here on Sundays and Wednesdays, or at home as a family. Often the fun in studying scripture is diving further and further into the questions that arise as you are learning. Parents, take time to listen to the questions your children are asking. Embrace the wonder and curiosity, and it might start some wonderful conversations!