Ember and I drove past the Anglican church on our way to the shop this afternoon. We drive that way most days, but something about it must have caught her eye today.
Em: One day can we go in there?
Me: In where? In the church?
Em: Yeah, one day when it's open can you park outside there so we can go in?
Me: I suppose so. Why do you want to go in there? What do you think is inside?
Em: I just don't know that.
Me: Well, it's a church. There's not anything to buy or really anything to look at. There are just lots of seats and things. Sometimes they have beautiful windows. People go there to learn about God and Jesus and things.
Em: I want to do that.
Me: Do you know about God and Jesus? Do you remember me telling you about it another time?
Me: It's a bit hard to explain, but some people believe that God made the world and everything, and is still all around us. Jesus was God's son.
Em: I want to visit him!
Me: He doesn't live in the church. He lived a long long time ago. Anyway people who believe in God and Jesus are called Christians. There are other people who believe in different god, or gods; people who are Jewish or Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist. I don't believe in any gods, so I'm called an atheist. And there are some people who don't really know whether they believe in a god or not, and they're called agnostics.
Em: I know there's a God.
Me: Do you? How do you know that?
Em: I just does.
Me: What do you think God does?
Em: He protects us. And he says "Roll the boat!" and we have to say "Yes Sir!"
Me: Oh. Ok. (pause) "Roll the boat"?
Em: Yep, he says "Roll the boat, roll the boat" and everyone says "Yes Sir!"
Me: Right. Where do you think God lives?
Em: A long long long way away, with the enjers.
Me: Enjers? Do you mean angels?
Em: Nope, enjers. The enjers are little things which are really scary and dangerous.
Fortunately, at that moment, we arrived at the shop! I'm not sure our version of religious education is quite the same as anywhere else!!