Sunday School Lessons for Children

Is Sunday School really a big deal? Or, is it something that we are better off without. When change is needed, we should not resist change, because change is that vehicle that takes us into better things. On the other hand, we can also remember the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Were there valid reasons for Sunday School? Or, was it just a cute program for children that is no longer needed, anymore? Sunday School lessons for children provide interaction with other kids, interaction with adult role models, and the background for a relationship with God.

When attending Sunday School, children are able to have quality time interacting with other kids in a Godly setting. Yes, they may be able to interact with other kids at school, in their neighborhoods, or at the park.  However, in the small group of Sunday School, children are able to have that same interaction while being instructed in Biblical principles.  They are able to see how other kids are trying to live their lives, according to the plan of God.  And, that encourages them to try to live their life for God, as well.

 

Through Sunday School lessons for children, teachers are able to interact with the children as good adult role models. It is more than likely that many kids within the reach of your church ministry are missing at least one of their parents.  Because of this, they may be robbed of at least one gender of adult role model, in their life.  So, having a Sunday School teacher is more important to a child, today, than it has ever been.  The Sunday School teacher of today can use Sunday School lessons for children to demonstrate how they live their own lives and attempt to follow God’s plan for their own lives.  Through this, they can encourage the kids in their classes to follow their examples.

 

The Sunday School teacher uses Sunday School lessons for children to teach solid Biblical principles to kids.   They are able to draw from those Biblical principles to guide the interactions between the students in their class.  Then, they are also able to draw from those Biblical principles as they demonstrate how they follow those principles in their own lives, and even as they show the struggles they have in their own lives.

Sunday School lessons for children provide things for those students that do not get provided through other means.  Although it may not be the lessons themselves, still the relationships that are built during those lessons are something that helps to shape a child’s life for years to come.

 Sunday School Lessons for Children

Michelle Rogers

Michelle holds a graduate degree in Curriculum and Technology as well as an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. Having been in the Assembly of God affiliation of churches for her entire life, she easily incorporates the knowledge of how kids learn into the way churches should be showing the gospel to kids. Her work experience includes elementary school teacher, preschool teacher, day care director, children's pastor, Missionettes coordinator, Sunday School teacher, and online college instructor. On the side, she blogs, reads and creates new web applications with PHP, mySQL, JavaScript and more.
 Sunday School Lessons for Children
 Sunday School Lessons for Children

2 thoughts on “Sunday School Lessons for Children

  1. I admit that I am conflicted about children’s church, keeping children separate from the adults through the whole church service. But I agree that traditional Sunday school can give a good foundation for many children to become familiar with the Bible and spiritual concepts. I encourage the parents of my Sunday school students to not leave Biblical instruction to me, but to take responsibility for their children’s spiritual development.

    • I think the problem involved with keeping children separate stems from a few things. First of all, many churches have also thrown out Sunday night services. This is the time for “family services”. Sunday night is the best time for the entire family to come together in one worship service. There is no kids church; there is no youth service; there is no boys and girls clubs; it is just one family service. Churches that have thrown out this service have a bigger problem involved in developing a great kids church program.

      Even when you have the Sunday night service to brings kids into the normal service, there is still a problem when children’s workers and pastors do not utilize every moment to its fullest. Too many kids churches have almost a couple of hours of intense games, with no meaning. They may throw in a two minute sermon at the end. But, what did the kids really get from it? Nothing. At the most, they got that church is all about playing games. When they are expected to go into “the big church”, they will find it dull, boring, and “for old people”.

      On the other hand, I create a kids church lesson around the concept I want to teach. Don’t get me wrong. We have fun games. We have awesome puppets. We have great skits. But, everything that is done reinforces the concept that is being taught. If we can’t relate the game to the objective, we don’t play that game. We save it for another day when it _will_ fit the theme. When we go through the rules, we do that same old thing where a puppet gets the rules all wrong. But, we always use the wrong ideas of the puppet as another way to reinforce the objective. When we correct we puppet for the wrong rules, we are also letting the kids know that what the puppet just said is in direct opposition to our objective for the day. One example that comes to mind is when we were studying about how David was chosen to work for God. He wasn’t seen by God as too small or too young. That day, the puppet got rule number one wrong. Rule number one says “Stay in your seat.” That day, the puppet thought rule number one was “The chairs are only for people over 6 feet tall.” Of course the kids loved to correct him to “Stay in your seat”. But, I was able to talk about how everyone could sit in our chairs. No one in the room was too young or too small to sit in our chairs.

      I agree that kids should learn to sit in church, including “big church”. I think that can be taken care of on Sunday nights and an occasional visit to “the big church” by the kids. I fully support taking the kids into the “big church” as a group once every month or two months or so. Teach them to sit through an entire service. Teach them to pay attention to the pastor. Teach them that “big church” is not just for old people.

      I also fully support giving them a curriculum that is relevant and appropriate for their age.

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