Saturday, July 22, 2006

Sidewalk Sunday School

Since I've been here for awhile -- and made a few friends -- I guess it is safe to REALLY introduce myself. I am a teacher, a writer and a children's evangelist. Supported by a team of truly awesome people I teach Sunday School every Saturday in one of Vegas's poorest, most transient inner city neighborhoods. myspace layouts, myspace codes, glitter graphics This is our church. It is on wheels. October through May we take it to a local elementary school on Saturdays for worship. Each week we have a few new kids. Each week a few kids move away -- the neighborhood is highly transient -- however, some kids have been attending Sidewalk services for our entire five years. myspace layouts, myspace codes, glitter graphics These are our "pews" -- two squares of carpet rolled out onto the asphalt. The children sit here for the lessons. Where we roll out the carpet is always dictated by the weather -- in the sun when its cold, in the shade when its hot, and not at all when it rains. The school has an outdoor lunch shelter we use when it rains, but unfortunately it is quite small and sometimes the kids really have to cuddle to fit eveyone in. myspace layouts, myspace codes, glitter graphics During the summer months when it is too hot to gather the children together and sit them on the ground, we have "splash" events where we all get together once every few weeks and try to drown each other in fun. "The camera isn't wategublpt!" myspace layouts, myspace codes, glitter graphics If you have now been inspired to start a Sidewalk Sunday School [patented] program in your church, please contact our Director, Billie Fidlin. Her email is: billie@desertsw.org Be sure to put Sidewalk Sunday School (SSS) in the header, and tell her Charlene sent you. myspace layouts, myspace codes, glitter graphics

8 Comments:

Blogger The Old Fart said...

Quite remarkable what you are doing. Doing the work of Jesus and teaching the way he did by going out into the crowds. And nice that the children are being taught and you are always getting new arrivals. Now I know why the other blog is called Matthew 28:19.

I remember attending Sunday School for awhile when I was little. It felt like regular school. Not at all that fun. I am sure this way the teachings are more interesting and the children don't feel like they are in regular classes.

Wonderful work.

7/22/2006 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Cool

7/22/2006 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger Rhys said...

Wow, what a wonderful blog. You are so inspirational, both in your writing and your life works. God bless you for making the world a better place. 'Fluffy' is adorable!

And I love your Pixie design. :)

7/22/2006 02:17:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Wow Charlene, pleased to meet you. What you are doing is very cool. I am sure the children look forward to your classes.

7/22/2006 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are awesome!!! Your grandmother would be proud of you. And we both know that in saying that I have spoken volumes. God has always had special plans for you, it is wonderful to see you realizing them. (I can't help but be proud) xoxoxo C

7/22/2006 11:47:00 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Thanks for sharing more about yourself. And, keep up the good work!

7/23/2006 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger goldennib said...

I bet you are a great teacher and the children love you.

7/24/2006 03:27:00 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

what a great idea- Sidewalk Sunday School!

7/24/2006 03:21:00 PM  

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