PS – Do whatever you can to create a sense of surprise. Excitement and anticipation is vital.
Fellow Pastors, Christian Educators and Sunday School Teachers,
In these turbulent and stressful times, with wars in our biblical homeland, political tensions, and troubling headlines dominating the news, your role as a Sunday School teacher becomes even more vital. While it's easy to become overwhelmed by size of this worlds problems, remember that your faithfulness in teaching has a profound impact on the lives of the children you serve. Your role is vital!
You may not have the power to solve all the world's conflicts or put an end to political strife, but in Jesus’s name (and through the power of the Holy Spirit) you possess the ability to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the young minds entrusted to your care. Here are a few reasons why your faithfulness in the Gospel matters, now more than ever:
Remember that even amidst the chaos and challenges of the world, your role as a Sunday School teacher is a beacon of hope. Your commitment to nurturing young hearts and minds is a profound service to both the children and the broader community. You might not have all the answers, but you have the ability to foster a positive and enduring impact on the lives of those you teach. Even more, you have the opportunity to introduce them to a life long (and even longer!) friend – Jesus!
A.H. Oct 2023
Show the children a cornucopia or harvest basket full of fruits and vegetables. Hold up various items and discuss why we are thankful for God’s provision. Include in the bottom of the basket items remind you of other things that might be overlooked by some people (A picture of family or friends, medicine, money, a small bottle of rain water, a small bible, etc.
Object lesson items: A cornucopia basket (or something similar) with fruits and vegetables and various items that the children might not think of when we think of thanksgiving.
Children’s Thanksgiving talk / object lesson: Good morning Children! Today, I have something very special to share with you – a basket that overflows with the goodness of God. Some people call this basket a cornucopia? It's not just an ordinary basket; it's a symbol of God's amazing provision and the abundance of blessings in our lives.
(Show the cornucopia and hold up different items one by one.)
Look at these colorful fruits and vegetables! Which one is your favourite? Each one is like a little gift from God. The apples are crunchy and sweet, the grapes burst with juiciness, and the carrots are crisp and fresh. God provides us with delicious food to nourish our bodies and to keep us healthy.
(Hold up a picture of family or friends.)
Now, what do we have here? A picture of our loved ones! Families and friends are incredible blessings from God. They bring us joy, love, and support. Take a moment to think about someone you're thankful for.
(Show a small bottle of rainwater.)
This little bottle contains rainwater. Isn't it fascinating that even rain is a blessing from God? Now, sometimes we don’t like rain but it is very important. It waters the earth, helps plants grow and provides us with the water we need to live. Let's thank God for the rain!
(Reveal a small Bible.)
And here we have the most precious book of all - the Bible! God's Word is a guide for our lives. It teaches us about His love, mercy, and the incredible gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. We are truly blessed to have the Bible.
(Hold up medicine and money.)
These two items might seem ordinary, but they are extraordinary blessings from God. Medicine that our parents give us helps us when we're not feeling well, and money allows us to provide for our needs and help others. Let's thank God for His wisdom in providing these practical blessings.
(Take a moment of silence for reflection.)
So, kids, as we gather around this cornucopia of thanks, let's remember to appreciate the big and small blessings in our lives. Sometimes, it's easy to overlook the everyday miracles, like a sunny day, a warm hug, or the smell of fresh air. God's provision is all around us.
Children’s Prayer: Thank you, God, for your abundant provision. Thank you for the love of our families and friends, for the rain that nourishes the earth, for the wisdom in the Bible, and for the practical blessings of medicine and money. May we always have grateful hearts, recognizing and appreciating the many ways you care for us. In Jesus' name, Amen!
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It’s no fun teaching Sunday School if you have significant behavioural issues in your class. Here are some guidelines, tips and ideas that you can try out:
Make sure you set clear expectations: Students need to know what is expected of them in terms of behavior. Establish clear rules and consequences for misbehavior, and be consistent in enforcing them.
Reward what is good. Use positive reinforcement: Recognize and praise students who exhibit good behavior, such as paying attention or participating in class.
It’s important to keep students engaged: Make sure your lesson is interesting and engaging, with plenty of opportunities for students to participate and ask questions.
Deal with disruptive behavior quickly: Don't let misbehavior go unchecked. Address it promptly and calmly, using a quiet word or a gentle reminder. Model patience and grace – with firmness.
Try using redirection strategies: If a student is behaving inappropriately, redirect their attention to the task at hand. For example, ask them to read a passage aloud or to answer a question. (I always have a ready list of options on hand)
Involve your Sunday School parents: If a student's behavior is consistently disruptive, involve their parents in finding a solution. Work together to find strategies that can be used at home and at Sunday School. This also shows parents you really do care about their child’s well being.
To the best of your ability (and with the help of the Holy Spirit) be patient and empathetic: Remember that students may be dealing with a range of issues that could affect their behavior. Be patient, empathetic, and supportive in helping them to overcome these challenges.
Ask some of the others teachers to make helpful suggestions. This also reminds you that you are part of a wider leadership team and helps build your support system.
Good morning Sunday School teachers!
Get ready for a lively and fun Sunday ahead! In Matthew 21:23-32, Jesus tells a parable aboutt two sons. One son initially refuses to obey but later changes his mind, while the other son agrees to obey but doesn't follow through. It's a fantastic story that reminds us all about the importance of not just saying we'll do good things but actually following through with our actions. (That’s always a challenge for me!) Let's bring this lesson to life with some role-playing, maybe even a little "switcheroo" game where we see if the kids can switch from saying "no" to "yes" just like the first son did. It's going to be a Sunday full of surprises and valuable lessons, so be ready to have a blast while teaching the Word of God! Oh yes…and don’t forget to cover everything in prayer. Blessings A.H.