First Church children learn Bible stories through the arts


By Sandra Mathias

To accommodate the ever-growing number of young children attending downtown Memphis’ First United Methodist Church, a new Sunday school class has been created just for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders, according to Senior Pastor Rev. Martha Wagley.
The lively children enrolled in Laura Pickett’s Sunday school class are encouraged to use their energy and considerable creative artistic talents to illustrate a new story from the Bible each month.
At the beginning of the year, Mrs. Pickett began teaching the children about the book of Genesis in the Bible.
Creating “lap” projects made of poster boards, manila folders, glue, glitter, stickers, tape, ribbons and crayons, the First Church children worked on their illustrated stories weekly until they had formed their idea of what the Bible story meant to them.
The lap projects projected “creation” and “darkness and light” from a child’s point of view.
As more stories unfolded, the children were then asked to make special board games to demonstrate what Mrs. Pickett was teaching them.
During March, Mrs. Pickett asked the children to make a board game featuring a long path to coincide with the teaching of the story of the Garden of Eden.
The path reflects the road the children will travel throughout their Christian life. At the completion of their board game, the other children in the class were invited to play.
Rev. Wagley proudly commented on the projects produced in Mrs. Pickett’s Sunday school class, “These children are learning about God’s love and how their lives are so important to the world. The growing numbers each Sunday keep us aware of the need for Christian education at all levels. Come join us!”
First Church worships Sundays at the Barry Building at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. •