[While teaching, to] not have an answer for everything and letting the control go is certainly an epiphany.

Anita Kinsley

Anita Kinsley began teaching 5th and 6th grade Sunday School at St. Martin’s in 2006. Having developed a strong connection with this group, this past year she followed them into the program for grades 6 and 7 called Rite 13.

I have to say that initially I was just so anxious because I hadn’t taught kids. I spend my time being an adult educator. So I had all of this anxiety about kids and being in touch with them. Now I am just so amazed because I tell people all the time that church school is the best hour in my week. Every week I am just consistently sent a gift. Truly I receive more from the kids than I am ever giving them.

I thought certainly it was the Holy Spirit whose hand was in there leading me and suddenly I found myself saying the words yes. But I wasn’t sure that my heart was really in it. It was really about my anxiety and my ability to control and my fear of not being able to turn up and have the answers to the hard questions that pre-teens and teenagers pose. And the amazing thing is that all they need is sometimes a little bit of guidance; they have the answers. So it was it was just humbling, they have so many answers that I never realized.

Two topics that they are hesitant to ask about but are sitting on the ends of their chairs when you do talk about them are sex and death. This is a particular age group that I find has lots of questions they tend to be afraid to ask; yet they are really important. In particular when Matt died the kids had lots of questions about death and about their own parents and about their own mortality and other people. Certainly while we spend time learning about the church, we also spend time talking about real human issues that everyone faces every day.

Sometimes you just have to be honest with the kids and say, “Sometimes I know exactly what I believe and sometimes I don’t know what exactly I believe.” Being able to say that and actually not have an answer for everything, and letting the control go is certainly an epiphany.

Regular Sunday Service Schedule: Returns September 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

We would love to have you join us.

Location

This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.


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