Yesterday in worship we gave Bibles to our 3rd graders (one at Belmont and one at Salem). In the past I have ordered children’s Bibles from somewhere (I can’t seem to remember now), but this year we gave away a NRSV Spark Bible (Augsburg Fortress).
During the worship service I had the student and their parents come up front and I spoke to the student about the promises their parents made when they were baptized. I told the 3rd graders that one of the promises their parents made was that they would place in your hands the holy scriptures (among a number of other things that I mentioned as I walked through the baptismal liturgy). I then handed the Bible to the parents and they in turn handed it to their child. We then all prayed together over the 3rd grader and their new Bible.
The fun part for me (besides getting to hand a 3rd grader a new Bible) was watching them (periodically) during worship. Both these 3rd graders spent the worship service paging through their new Bibles…checking it out. They didn’t seem to be paying attention to anything that was going on (if they ever do) but at least they were paying attention to their new Bible. My prayer is that their curiosity doesn’t end.
At what point does this curiosity end for many people?