Children'S Sunday School Lessons
Needing some quick and easy ideas for your children's sunday school class? Here are a few good thoughts.
While some churches have detailed curriculum for Sunday School classes, some churches do not. Regardless of whether you use curriculum, you can use some simple techniques to add enjoyment to Sunday School.
Rather than worry on a Saturday night about what to teach, take comfort that the Bible itself already provides ready-made Sunday School lessons. Many of the traditional stories are easy to tell and understand.
All you have to add are some props, enthusiasm and thought. The children’s imaginations will do the rest.
1. Play dress-up.
This technique works well with the popular story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17.
Have students put on robes over their regular clothes. Then, use some leather twine for a “slingshot.” Get a few rocks and let them play David. Then, use a broom handle and a catcher’s chest protector to dress up Goliath.
Ask the students to role-play the story. Use the text for your script. Ask the students to discuss their feelings and questions about the experience.
Dressing up as a Biblical soldier can be as elaborate as you choose. A pastor friend at a boys’ camp once used the pieces of armor discussed in Ephesians 6 to illustrate spiritual warfare.
2. Play Biblical “Jeopardy.”
This can be done with little preparation. You know the television show “Jeopardy” where the contestants have to provide the questions to the answers. As you look through your Bible, give answers and let the students come up with the questions. For instance, the students can ask, “Who is the mother of Jesus?” after you say, “Mary.” This builds biblical literacy without worrying about intricate doctrine.
3. Use the sermon notes.
I once attended a church where the pastor gave the Sunday School an outline of his message for the day. They would discuss the passage, and he would reinforce the ideas with his message. Of course, you need to cooperation of your pastor for this one. However, you could take notes of the pastor’s sermon on one Sunday and discuss it with your class on the next Sunday.
4. Utilize the calendar.
If it’s Christmastime, your class will expect a lesson about the birth of Jesus. If it’s the Fourth of July in the United States, you can discuss patriotism. No matter the holiday, children love to learn and discuss the significance.
5. The heart of the matter.
Children like for adults to tell stories, especially if those stories relate to those adults. Why not tell the children how you became a Christian, or why you do or don’t do certain things, or what you love about each of them.
Sunday School is not about having fancy ideas or expensive toys. It’s about sharing with people the truth of God in an informative, entertaining way. Just take some time to add some props, tell a story, or use what is at hand. God will bless a sincere effort.