My family went to see Jimmy Carter teach Sunday School back in March. It was truly among the best experiences we have had. We arrived around 8:15, and the doors were opened at 8:30. Shortly after we got in line, Mrs. Jan came out on the porch to tell us the rules. She said that we needed to put things in the car, basically. Bags/purses, etc. were not viewed positively. Although, my two year-old yelled out that she had a backpack and Mrs. Jan was so sweet to her telling her that it was just fine. The secret service checks your bags then you get wanded. They had to chase my two preschoolers around to wand them, but they were extremely patient (and they seemed to actually enjoy them a little...as much as secret service really can). We went in and were seated. We were told the childcare would not be available until time for class to start (another hour or so). My kids got antsy enough that Mrs. Jan offered for me to take them on back to the nursery to play, which I did. That was one of the better decisions I made all day. I got to meet several church members and the pastor and his wife. They were all very very friendly, and they seemed genuinely pleased that we were at their church. The best, though, was when Jimmy Carter came into the nursery to introduce himself to my children and I. It was just us. Then Rosalyn came in shortly after and talked to me for a few minutes. Unbelievable.
The nursery volunteer never showed up, unfortunately. But eventually one of the church members came to take care of my kids so that I could go in and watch Sunday School. It was really an incredible experience.
We stayed in Cordele in the Fairfield Inn. The drive the next morning wasn't very far, but Google Maps did not send us to the right place. That was really frustrating. When you get to town, you really turn right almost as soon as you get there. If you do that, you will find it. And once you find it, you know. Afterwards we had lunch at a little place there in town. Sunday School was full when we were there, but it wasn't overcrowded. If you have the money (and you don't have children with you) I would stay at the bed and breakfast there in town (I think Mrs. Jan owns it). Folks who stay there have reserved front row seating for Sunday School and church. If you do have children with you, ask Mrs. Jan when you first arrive if you can go on back to the nursery. She will most likely let you, and it is really fun to get to see how small the church is and how everyone is volunteering together to minister to the people who come from all over the world. It doesn't hurt to get one on one time with the Carters, either!
Again, I would do this a hundred times over.
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