Sunday School Ideas
Find great Sunday School Ideas, along with reliable resources, helpful advice, and much needed encouragement in Christ! Take a look at some ideas for Sunday School Lessons for Fall... and More!
The Ideas section is one of the newest on the Sunday School
Center website. It is my hope that it will be a helpful resource of
ideas for you in your ministry.
Here's hoping you find some new Ideas...
This month check out some ideas for Spring classes. Also... see our brand new pages dedicated to Teacher Training and Recommended Resources!
It has come to that time of year where we can really show the teachers in our lives some appreciation for the work they have been doing. Read the article "How Do You Thank a Sunday School Teacher?" for some ideas and access several helpful resources that will make planning the perfect Teacher Appreciation Day somewhat less impossible! Templates for Teacher Appreciation Certificates are included!
Teacher Training 101
Visit our Brand New Teacher Training page! Whether you are Planning a Teacher Training Program, or you just have a few questions about being a Sunday School Teacher, this page is for you!
Teacher Training 101
TEACHING ABOUT THE EMPTY TOMB
By Sharon Chatwell
Jesus is Alive! Hallelujah!
Teaching others about Easter always seems to carry with it an extra responsibility. As Sunday School teachers, we may feel a special burden to try and “Get it Right” when we teach the Easter Story. The reasons for this are obvious; after all… This is important stuff!
Over the years I’ve gained a few insights that have helped me when teaching the Easter Story. So, I thought I would share them with you. I hope you will find them helpful.
- Easter is the pivotal point in Christianity. Teaching others about the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus may lead them to know Him as the Christ, and to accept Him as Savior. For these reasons teaching about Easter is really important, and so first and foremost we must be certain that our teaching is based on God’s Word: The Bible.
- When teaching young children the Easter Story, always be sure to teach about the Resurrection on the same day that you teach about the Crucifixion. Never leave a child with only half the story! Plan ahead! Balance your class time to ensure adequate discussion of both events during the same lesson.
- Using a skit to teach the specifics of the Easter story can be very helpful. Skits can be used as an instructional tool for your students or as an evangelical outreach towards others. When using skits with various age groups, these simple guidelines may prove helpful:
-Preschool and Young Elementary age students will enjoy participating in a short skit which is narrated for them by an adult or older child. They may be willing to repeat the lines spoken by their Bible person. Allowing these young children to dress the part helps them as well. Simple costumes made of large squares of fabric can convey a lot of meaning and are easy to make.
-Older Elementary age students will enjoy simple skits that they can act out for themselves or for others. Consider practicing in class for a week or so and then performing the skit for younger children or for family members. Costumes are still fun for this age, and refreshments are always welcome!
-Easter Skits for Youth are wonderful for them to perform in class or for others. Consider doing an evangelical outreach with a skit designed to get people thinking about Easter. (Check out The e-Bunny, a skit for Youth on our Easter Skits page.)
- Sunday School Crafts for Easter, such as an Empty Tomb craft, help children visualize the reality of the empty tomb of Jesus. They will come to realize that first He was dead and buried, and then He was raised from the dead! (See the preschool lesson, The Empty Tomb, for more Sunday School Ideas!)
Once I tried to imagine what a disciple would say, if he were able to come and speak to us today. I wondered if he might talk about the unity of believers or about the importance of loving one another and living at peace with those around us. Then suddenly it occurred to me that if one of the disciples was able to come and speak to us today, he would simply say, “I saw Jesus Christ with my very own eyes after He was risen from the dead!” Who could stand before such testimony?!
This is, in fact, the message of Easter. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified, died and was buried, and then He was raised from the dead and is alive forever.
You and I did not see these things happen for ourselves, but we rely on the Word of God, written down by the disciples and preserved for us all these years by the Holy Spirit. The disciple John wrote:
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
1 John 1:1
And on the day of Pentecost, the disciple Peter said:
“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
This message of Easter is as true and as piercing today as it was 2000 years ago. And it is this message that we continue teach in our classrooms, in our churches, and in our very lives.
God bless you this Easter as you Teach about the Empty Tomb!
Jesus is Alive! Hallelujah!
Sunday School Ideas for Spring!
Just Us Little Guys!
a year's worth of curriculum for children ages 4-7. For Spring, why not try out some of these lessons?
- The Life of Jesus - 12 lessons about Jesus' Ministry
- Easter - 8 lessons on Jesus' Life, Death, Burial and Resurrection
Youth Group Lessons!
9 months of lessons (or more) to use with your Youth.
questions that will help liven up any Youth Group. Look up what the
Bible has to say about the questions too! Pick one section to do in the
fall and another to do in the spring!
- God the Father - 12 lessons about God as Creator
- God the Son - 12 lessons about God as Savior
- God the Holy Spirit - 12 lessons about God as Enabler
Holiday Sunday School Lessons!
Find Sunday School Ideas for lessons for Easter, Mother's Day, and more!
More Sunday School Ideas...
As you know, the Sunday School Ideas section of our website has recently expanded.
We have added brand new pages with Sunday School ideas for Teachers' Training, and Recommended Resources. Be sure and check these out!
In the future, I hope that you will be able to come
here to find more good ideas, helpful advice, and much needed
encouragement in Christ!
You are the workforce that keeps Sunday School up and running!
I want you to have access to Sunday School ideas that will be
helpful to you in your ministry!
God bless you as you continue to serve God right where you are!
With love in Christ,
Other Topics from Sunday School Ideas...
- Teacher Appreciation!
"Read the article "How Do You Thank a Sunday School Teacher?" Access several helpful resources that will make planning the perfect Teacher Appreciation Day somewhat less impossible! Templates for Teacher Appreciation Certificates are included!
- Ideas for Summer!
Read the article "Gearing Up for Fall!" Learn about how to prepare and plan this spring for the upcoming summer and fall! Get some good advice on things to think about and pray over, as you make plans for the new Sunday School year!
- Halloween Ideas!
Read the article "Halloween: Party or No Party?" Find links to helpful resources for planning an Alternative Event for Youth or for hosting the Perfect Kids' Party! You'll also find links to Halloween Sunday School lessons for children (Preschool to Youth.) Remember... "The best defense is a good offense."
- Recomended Resources!
Find recommended resources for Sunday School, available online for you to use. You will love these valuable ideas for Sunday School!
- 2014 VBS Reviews!
See reviews of all 2014 VBS programs from publishers such as Group, Standard, and Gospel Light.
- Teacher Training!
Teacher Training for Sunday School Teachers and Administrators. Whether you're Planning your own Teacher Training program or you just need a few answers to your questions about teaching, this is for you!
- Christmas Ideas!
Read the article "Teaching the True Meaning of Christmas" which reminds us of the importance of teaching our children the truth behind the celebration of Christmas: The birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On this page you will also find links to Christmas skits, as well as to a full set of Christmas lessons, which include skits, activities, and crafts.
- Easter Ideas!
Read the article on "Teaching About the Empty Tomb". Find out about Easter Skits and get Ideas for Easter Sunday School Lessons, which include crafts, skits, and other activities.
Thank you for visiting our Sunday School Ideas page! God bless you!
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