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 Spring... 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!

Teacher Appreciation

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 Appreciation!

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

VBS Themes Review

Brand NEW to Sunday School Center is our VBS Themes Review!  I hope this will help you familiarize yourself with the Vacation Bible School programs offered this year!  Maybe it will help save you some time or answer some questions you may have about what's right for you and your church.

VBS Themes 2014 Reviews

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How Do You Thank a Sunday School Teacher?

It seems that the usual way of doing things for Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day is to take a little chunk of time during the Sunday Worship Service to recognize the teachers and other workers. This usually happens on or around Promotion Sunday, near the end of the school year.

The funny thing is that each year it always seems to surprise everyone! As if the Christian Education Board suddenly met one night and said “Uh, oh… It’s the end of the year! What are we doing for the Sunday School Teachers?” And then someone (probably someone just like YOU) gets put in charge of planning some sort of suitable recognition.

As if it was possible to plan a suitable recognition ceremony for Sunday School Teachers! Just exactly HOW do you do that?

What is it you are going to do for people, who come to church every single solitary Sunday with a lesson prepared, and sit in a room full of students to lead them through the intricacies of the Bible, teach them, raise them up, pray for them, and ultimately lead many of them to saving faith in Christ? I tell you right now; whatever you are planning to do… it is not enough!

The only way these people will ever get the reward they deserve is when they get to heaven and our Lord, Jesus Christ tells each of them ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ Matthew 25:34

But…(Good news for you)… They probably KNOW that already!

So, in the meantime, they will smile happily and be genuinely grateful for the lovely Christian bookmark or refrigerator magnet that you give to each of them. They will appreciate the card you took time to write, or the plant you tied the bow around.

They will most likely kick their toe in the dirt, or study the intricate weave of the carpet, as you have them stand in front of the congregation, while you extol their virtues. And all the while they will be thinking about how grateful they are that this day only comes around once a year!

In the end, all they really want to do is get back to their classrooms and to their students; because that is where God speaks to them and feeds their soul. These are the teachers you want.

They are the ones who come back year after year. They sign up to teach, volunteer to substitute, and even offer to be there for VBS. They are the ones you can’t ever pay back for the time, treasure, and talent they have given away. And don’t worry… you don’t have to! Like I said, their true reward is coming later!

For now, break out the refrigerator magnets, and get those bookmarks all lined up. Print up the Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Certificates, and write all those Thank You notes. Because for now, this is the best we can do for these dedicated saints of God… at least on this side of heaven!

Sharon Chatwell

Find a Printer Friendly version of "How do you Thank a Sunday School Teacher?" in the Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day packet.

Sunday School Ideas for Summer!

Just Us Little Guys!
Find a year's worth of curriculum for children ages 4-7. For Summer, why not try out some of these lessons? 

  • Genesis - 13 lessons from Creation to the Patriarchs
  • Exodus - 7 lessons on Moses and the Exodus

Youth Group Lessons!
Find 9 months of lessons (or more) to use with your Youth.
Discussion-based 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 summer and another to do in the fall!

  • 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 Memorial Day, Father's Day, and Independence Day!

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 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!
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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!

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