Sunday School class stays active through prayer ministry
MOBERLY – The Dorcas Sunday School class of Carpenter Street Baptist Church here ranges in age from 85 to 96 and enjoys praying for members of the congregation, according to their teacher, Nora Stuck.
Stuck believes in the power of prayer. She said that when Missouri Baptists reach the ages represented in her Sunday School class, they are still important in the kingdom.
“Yes, their physical strength is limited,” she said. “But I am also convinced that prayer is the source of power and that these women can pray.”
The senior adult women are praying for their pastor, missionaries, a deacon of the week, a trustee of the week, and various church members.
The class consists of Ethel Cobb, Mary Chesney, Helen Smith, Ruby Calicott, Delores Robb, Ruby Ballew, Martha Chrisman, Doris Willman and Elva Leath.
“In my opinion, they were almost a forgotten group,” she said. “They appeared to have settled into their own comfort zone. Yes, they attended Sunday School and worship services. Why? Because ‘this is what we have always done.’ But I sensed a feeling of uselessness. In their eyes, there was nothing they could do for the Lord in the local church anymore.
“I am firmly convinced that as long as God allows us to live, He has a useful purpose for us, even in the 90s.”