One would be a fool to assume that the perpetual nature of this hunt is undertaken in tandem with other activities which characterise normal human life. There is nothing here that allows for ebbs and flows in intensity. Indeed, it is little less than an all-consuming obsession – and a provocation of the gravest order to the gods of sleep and family life – that allows, in the spirit of the First Commandment, for no rival claims. And all of my best efforts to both encourage her to broaden her areas of interest and to distract her away from such an idolatrous quest have proved to be as successful as my efforts to birth an appreciation for the delectable cuisine of the sub-continent.
So – in the spirit of ‘Happy wife, happy life’ – I give in. More shamefully, dear readers, I reach out from just on the north side of the 46th parallel south, to elicit your help to feed this beast, to hold back nothing, and to bring me your best golden calves.
Here’s what ‘I’ need: suggestions for children’s Sunday School curriculum.
In the past, her appetite has experienced temporary satisfaction with The King, The Snake and the Promise and Meet the King (both from Matthias Media, as is Get Ready! which she is about to put on the Visa card), and, more recently, with the Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum. Somewhat – and many!!!! – less satisfactory hunting trips have seen material from a number of other fields occupying the kitchen table for months on end.
Anyway, I asked her about the criteria for a successful hunt. Her reply was as follows:
- is congruous with the Church’s great creeds [she’s happy to go either way with the filioque thing!]
- increases biblical literacy
- helps kids (and teachers) to learn the Bible’s big story (lectionary-based resources do not help here)
- is engaging for the children but resists the temptation to ‘entertain’
- is a half-year or full-year (or more) program
- has idiot-proof instructions for teachers
- is affordable
- serves children aged 3–10
So it’s over to you. Help!