Even though Sunday School attendance is not included in the quarterly report, I
am a firm believer in the importance of Sunday School roll keeping. When I was
a ward Sunday School president, my secretary and I would do a quarterly analysis
of the rolls and provide the bishopric with a summary report highlighting
attendance trends. This report would also include attendance percentages for
each youth, by name, for the quarter just ended. The bishopric would then
utilize that information in their regular periodic youth interviews, and where
appropriate, would discuss it with parents (who did not always know that their
kids were cutting class). Bottom line: Sunday School rolls do matter!
Your ward must have it's own building.We share the building
with three other wards. The Primary and Sunday School are constantly looking for
more space. The rolls determine which classrooms are assigned each
month and which classes we will combine.
Hi Stacie; Sounds like you are doing a great job at your calling. That's
when they release you. Time to do something else.As SS President, I
still have rolls though. They are supposed to be reviewed each quarter by the SS
Presidency with each teacher. Changes in activity are brought to the attention
of the assigned Bishopric counselor or the Ward Council. Then they are shredded.
Individual temple attendance is not recorded by the church, either. Accurate
records are kept of the work done in temples, but there is no record of who
served as proxy for the individual vicarious ordinances. While record keeping
is important for some things, the important records are, in Old Testament
language, "not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."
God knows who attends, and more importantly, those who attend grow in spirit and
I was going to say that I was a ward clerk, and that the quarterly report asks
for attendance of primary, YW, YM, EQ, HP, and RS, but not SS. I see that Deamon
beat me to the punch but I decided to post this anyway. You know, in the mouth
of 2 or 3 witnesses...
They're coming because they want to, not because of some percentage. The
focus is where it should be.
Sad not to be counting the rolls anymore. Teachers will have to give
recognition in their classes individually. My first calling in the church was
Sunday School secretary. I was 15, living in Mexico City, attending a small
branch of English speakers. It was exciting to fill out the Sunday School
report, have the S.S. President and Branch President sign it, and then send it
on to Salt Lake headquarters.
We still have rolls in our Sunday School. My husband at the age of 91 is Sunday
School President of our Ward, and one of the things I know he does is pass out
rolls to the teachers, and then picks them up again, and they are turned into
the Ward Clerk, at the end of each month with new rolls for people to sign. We
have always been a record keeping church, and roll keeping is still important.
How else would we know who we need to contact to invite to join us if we have
members that are never marked present on the roll.
You can always ask the ward clerk to print you a class list even if you are not
taking attendance. After serving as a ward clerk for over ten years I never did
anything with the Sunday School rolls but shred them. That is the only meeting
for which there is no where to report the attendance numbers.