SUNDAY SCHOOL

SECRETARY:
(Answering Phone) Good Afternoon, Oak Park Community Church. (Pause) I'm sorry, Pastor Johnson is in a meeting right now. Can I take a message? (Writes message ad lib goodbye) Oh hello, Mr. Anderson.

BILL:
Hi, I've got an appointment with the Pastor.

SECRETARY:
Yes, he asked me to apologize. He's running late with this meeting, but he'll be with you in a few more minutes.

BILL:
Hey, no problem. I can wait.

TOM:
(Enters)
(To Secretary) Could you make some copies of these pages for me? They're for this weeks Sunday school lesson.

SECRETARY:
Certainly, Mr. Henry. Just leave it here, and I'll have them ready by tomorrow.

TOM:
Thanks.

BILL:
You've got next weeks Lesson ready? It's only Monday.

TOM:
Well, I need to be organized to stay on top of those 5th and 6th graders. Y'know our class won the district scripture memorization tournament.

BILL:
I heard about that. Congratulations.

SUE:
(Enters and sits down)

TOM:
Thanks. Are you here to see the pastor?

BILL:
Yeah. Actually, I'm here to ask him to look for someone else to teach the Junior High kids.

TOM:
You're kidding!

BILL:
No, it's time they get someone better qualified for the position.

TOM:
But I thought you loved those kids.

BILL:
I do. That's why I want someone else to take over. Someone better organized, with better teaching skills. Hey what about you?

TOM:
No way man! That's Hormone City! I couldn't deal with those Junior High maniacs.

BILL:
But,

TOM:
Y'know, I read somewhere that Isaac was twelve when God told Abraham to take him to the mountain and sacrifice him. You know why He didn't wait 'til he was thirteen?

BILL:
No. Why?

TOM:
Cause it wouldn't have been a sacrifice then. Look, I've gotta run. I'll be praying for you. (Exits)

BILL:
Thanks Tom.

SUE:
Bill, did I hear you right? You're not going to teach Junior High Sunday school?

BILL:
Yeah, it's time to bring in someone who can really teach.

SUE:
Our Tiffany's going to be disappointed. She loves your class.

BILL:
I love the kids. It's just that… well A couple of parents complained that I wasn't structured enough and that their kids weren't memorizing as many scripture verses as they did in the 5th and 6th grade class.

SUE:
Well, you know what Tiffany has learned from you? She's learned to stand up for her faith. She's learned not to be timid at school when it comes to sharing Jesus with people.

BILL:
Hey that comes from her family. I can't take credit for that. I'm never organized enough. I always think I'm going to have some great lesson planned out, and it just never works that way. I see people like Tom with their charts and graphs, with the lesson prepared weeks in advance, and I really see where I fall short.

SUE:
I remember when I was a little girl. I lived in a pretty rough neighborhood. Well, there was this lady who taught Sunday school, who would pick me up every Sunday to make sure I made it to church. She took a risk; coming into this gang-ridden, drug infested war zone. For some reason, though she thought I was important enough to take that risk every Sunday.

BILL:
Sounds like quite a lady.

SUE:
And the thing of it is, I don't remember any one specific lesson that she taught, but I remember her, and I know that I wouldn't know the Lord if she hadn't been obedient to come and pick me up every week. Y'know, I've still got the old bible that she gave me.

BILL:
I 'd like to be able to touch someone's life like that.

KRYSTAL:
(Approx. 18 years old)
(Speaking to offstage Pastor) Thanks Pastor, I'm looking forward to it. (Turns and sees Bill) Mr. Anderson! I can't believe it, I mean I was hoping I'd get to see you, and here you are! This is just too cool. Oh I'm sorry, you probably don't remember me. My name's Krystal, and I was here for a summer.

BILL:
(Is visibly trying to remember who this girl is until she says her name) I see you decided to grow your hair back.

KRYSTAL:
You do remember. It's been five years.

BILL:
Well let's just say I don't get too many thirteen-year-old girls in my class with shaved heads.

KRYSTAL:
That was a rough summer. My parents had sent me to stay with my grandma because they couldn't handle me. They were afraid of what I'd get into while they were at work everyday while school was out.

BILL:
Yes, that was quite a summer.

KRYSTAL:
When I found out that Grandma was making me go to Sunday school, I shaved my head. I figured she would be too embarrassed to bring me t church, but she said if I wasn't embarrassed, she wasn't either.

BILL:
Wise woman, your grandma.

KRYSTAL:
Then you didn't react the way I expected. I couldn't believe it. Instead of making some kind of nasty comment like most of the adults would have, you just complimented me on my choice to show off the shape of my head.

BILL:
Hey, if the worst thing we had to put up with from kids was shaved heads we'd be on easy street.

KRYSTAL:
You saved my life.

BILL:
Well I just…

KRYSTAL:
No, I mean it. You see, I had it all planned out. I was going to swallow a bottle of pills that night. I just didn't want to deal with all the rejection any more. My parents couldn't be bothered with me, and kids at school always hounded me because I didn't fit the miss popular mold.

BILL:
I didn't realize…

KRYSTAL:
I decided to wait one more week. It was because you'd been nice to me. You didn't look down on me. I thought if I came in with a bad enough attitude, you'd react just like the rest of them, and I'd be justified in taking my own life.

BILL:
I knew you were hurting, but I didn't know how much.

KRYSTAL:
After the third week, I threw away the pills. I didn't realize it, but I was starting to change on the inside. Remember how you would always let us hang out after class was over? I remember hearing you tell someone how you prayed for God to let you see people the way He did. A lot of the kids in the class were nice to me because they saw how you treated me.

BILL:
I never treated you any different than anyone else.

KRYSTAL:
That's just it. Everyone else in my life treated me like some sort of freak. You and your wife treated me like I mattered. I never let you know it, but I was sad when the summer was over.

BILL:
I guess you fooled me. I was worried I hadn't really done enough to help you.

KRYSTAL:
I still have the New Testament that you gave me. A week after I got home, I prayed the prayer in the back, and asked Jesus into my life.

BILL:
That's awesome.

KRYSTAL:
Immediately, God started sending Christians into my life. I found a church with an awesome youth group. Then God healed my relationship with my parents.

BILL:
Praise God.

KRYSTAL:
Anyway, I'm coming back here to go to Bible School in the fall, and Pastor Johnson said I could volunteer working with the kids here. So I'll be seeing you then. (Looks at watch)Oh my gosh, I've got to get over to the school to meet with a counselor.

BILL:
Ok, Krystal, I'll see you in the fall.

KRYSTAL:
I just hope that some day I can touch someone's life. (Exits)

BILL:
You just have.

SECRETARY:
Pastor can see you now.

BILL:
(To Secretary) Why don't you let Sue go in to see him. I've got to get home and prepare the Sunday school lessons for the next couple of weeks

Copyright © 2000 by Robert J. Lee

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