Bible Classes for Children: Where Do I Start?

 

Plan One Lesson or Develop a Series

 

 

 

Tell the Story!

This website is based on story.  Although it is a collection of over 170 Bible Stories it is actually only one story: the Story of God as Revealed by Him in His Word.

The purpose of Mission Bible Class is to equip people to share God’s Word with children but the Bible Stories can be used to teach any age group and adapted to all kinds of teaching situations.

A well-told Bible story is the most natural and inter-generational method of sharing the Word of God.  God bless you as you tell the story!

 

 

68 Responses to Bible Classes for Children: Where Do I Start?

  1. Jamie Willis Anderson says:

    Hi Mary – I have just been employed as the Toddler Church Leader at Mount Mosaic (1-2.5 year olds) and have been searching for colouring pages and your site came up in my search so cool! Well done your hard work is such a blessing for so many xxx Jamie Willis Anderson

  2. Vivian says:

    Hi Mary,

    I teach Teens in our Bible school here in Nigeria. I was surfing the net for a comprehensive teaching plan for this seesion and stumbled upon your site. I’m soooooo happy with the resources I got from you. God bless you abundantly. More grace and keep up the good work.

    Vivian.

  3. Shaun says:

    Hi Mary! Im from the Philippines, specifically in Davao. Me and my staff are youth so were having a hard time on making a lesson plan for our children here in our church. While i was searching for any lesson plan structure i was a bit discouraged, for i couldn’t find the right one.
    Then i found your site it was really awesome, the lessons, way of teaching, activites and songs. All are complete and it fitted to the one i was searching for. I thank God for using people like you and if it is okay, may i have your permission to get some of our references here for our lesson plan?
    Thank you Mary and God bless
    (sorry for my english)

    • Mary says:

      Hi Shaun

      I’m so glad you found what you were looking for here. I’m not sure if I quite understand your question about references. Which references do you mean?

      God Bless you and your staff as you teach there in Davao!

      Mary

  4. Kimberly Sebastian says:

    This website is amazing! It is an answer to prayer as I have been searching for ways to improve as a teacher this new year. I would love any ideas for how to effectively teach an all-age sunday school. We rent the building so the space is not our but most importantly we are a small church. On average I will have about 10 kiddos ranging from 3 – 12. Any advice would be wonderfully appreciated! God bless you abundantly! Thank you!

    • Mary says:

      Hi there

      Thank you for your comments and encouragement. Good on you for teaching an all-age Sunday School. You are not alone. Around the world people are facing this same challenge and it is probably one of the things I am asked about the most.

      I’ve actually been thinking about how I might incorporate some ideas for this into my website so your comment has come at the perfect time.

      Meanwhile, here are a few thoughts….

      Firstly, be patient with yourself. Mixed-age groups are a challenge. It is impossible to fully relate to and teach every child every time even when they are with children their own age so don’t expect that to happen when you teach a mixed-age group. Just try your best.

      The Positive Side of Teaching Mixed-Age Groups:

      1. It is more like family than school. Families are mixed age groups so you can naturally re-create that atmosphere in your classroom.

      2. It is great practice for how to be like Christ in the world. School is sort of a social “bubble” where you only hang out with people your same age. Life is not like that! Learning to relate to other ages better prepares children to understand and be patient with people who are different from them.

      3. Mixed-age groups allow positive leadership to emerge. Under your supervision older children can teach parts of the lesson, explain concepts, lead games and give aid and comfort to younger children.

      Helpful Practices:

      1. Consider telling the main Bible Story with all of the children together and then dividing them into age groups for learning activities. Perhaps you can recruit some helpers to help in this.

      2. When all of the children are together don’t be afraid to challenge older children with more in-depth information while younger children participate in helpful ways like drawing or copying Scripture. Don’t worry if they don’t understand everything, every time. This is the natural order of things. We all hear more than we understand. And they may pick up more than you think.

      3. Plan some good interactive activities where age is not so important. Examples might include hunting for words or pictures you have hidden around the room, shaping Bible characters out of clay, acting, role playing, singing or leading in prayer.

      4. When planning crafts prepare more difficult parts of the craft ahead of time for the younger children. Or assign more complex parts to the older children. You don’t have to have an individual craft every time. Group projects can be fun and encourage team-work.

      5. Model patience and gentleness at all times.

      6. Validate older children when they exhibit maturity. Encourage them in their patience with younger ones and let them know you understand and appreciate this. Older children do not like to be spoken to like “babies”.

      7. Validate younger children for attempting activities even if they cannot accomplish them at the same level as the older children. Let them know that they are growing every day. Remind them of things they can do now that they could not do when they were younger.

      8. Use classroom challenges as illustrations for Bible lessons. For example, when teaching about Ruth and Naomi and how they helped each other draw attention to how you have noticed children helping those who are younger or older than them in your class.

      Hope this is a starting point!
      God bless you,
      Mary

  5. Jacob says:

    wonderful website i now have great lessons for the children in my ministry who are based in Kenya. thank you Mary God bless you

  6. Jen says:

    I wanted to share and tell you that I’m loving your songs and the fact that they come with YouTube videos so I can learn the hand motions. We’re creating our VBS curriculum from scratch this year and I’m in charge of the music so your site is a serious blessing.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you, Jen. I’m so glad you are able to use the song videos. I totally agree with you on being able to watch the hand motions.

      I hope your VBS goes well. You are doing such an important thing for the faith journey of the children you minister to.

      God bless you,
      Mary

  7. lyuda says:

    This is a wonderful website! I had to substitute for a teacher last minute and found your page. It’s so creative and I’m the kids will love it! Thank you!

  8. Mike Owens says:

    Praise God and seek the Lord Jesus Christ!!!…PSALM 34

    • Evangelist James says:

      Thank you so much Mike for sharing this, I hope our children will benefit alot in their knowledge about God through this website!!!

  9. Sandy says:

    Thank you! Directing our Sun night children’s church is my opportunity to serve the Lord. I like to involve them in an activity to bring the lesson home to their hearts. This week the lesson is about Cain and Abel and I searched various websites for ideas without satisfaction. . . until I came to this one with the glasses with water, vinegar, food coloring, and soda. That’s what we will do together along with emphasizing the importance of good-attitude-responses to any directions from authority figures. Again, thank you. I bookmarked this website.

  10. Mae says:

    Hi! I’m still a new bible teacher in ourcurch and this helps me so much! Thank you! And may God Bless you more! :)

  11. moses edison says:

    l love your designed mission bible class very well Get me involved and informed of any new development. God bless U Edison Ghana

  12. Renee says:

    Hit another home run this weekend with the song, “If You Love Jesus.” The adults loved it as much (or more!) than the children. Thanks so much for these songs and videos!

  13. Renee says:

    Was looking for a bible action song about Daniel and the one of your site is great! (Also the only one I found.) Thanks so much for sharing and the helpful video. Songs like this are really great to reinforce lessons. And fun!

  14. Anju says:

    Hi, my son who is 34 months loves the song wise man build his house on the rock song…. He almost learn it. I too love it. Thanks for the site

  15. desdemexico says:

    Hola,
    Tengo 17 años y soy de mexico enseño dos clases en español soy hija de missioneros asi que tengo mucha enseñansa que hacer gracia spor los recursos.

  16. Chesca Rodriguez says:

    I am an grade 6 student, and my adviser always show us an video from this website , and me and my classmates always enjoy it..
    It’s very beautiful…
    Hope other people would like it… :)

  17. Hello! am a student of religious studies in the university as undergraduate. I need some tips from you as well. Mary, right now am in 300 level about to finish by next year by GOD’S will. NB ADASHU GARBA AHMADU FROM TARABA STATE UNIVERSITY P.M.B.1167, JALINGO.

  18. Julian says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH MARY i just sall your email i like your idea thank you

  19. winnie chelagat yator says:

    hi,am winnie yator in kenya and would like to start bible classes for children in my church and laiter expand to other areas but how to start it and the materials is what i luck ,please advice me because its a call i hav had it and it burdens me that i have not started.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Winnie

      This is a wonderful thing God has put on your heart. Remember, if he has given you a task, he will supply what you need (Philippians 4:19).

      If your church has never had Bible classes for children then I would start by praying about this. Talk to the leaders of your church and others interested in the spiritual lives of children to join you in prayer.

      This website has many Bible stories and lessons you can use for free. I would suggest that you choose one Bible story and then spend one or more lessons on it before moving to the next. I like to teach the stories in chronological order instead of skipping around but that is up to you. Click here for a list of stories and themes that you might like to teach.

      You can read my step-by-step instructions for preparing for a class. But when it comes to setting up a program I would suggest the following:

      Ask Others to Join You: Start thinking about others who can help you share God’s word with children. You will need the encouragement and help of others. The parents of the children will probably be interested in what you are doing. Are there other adults or teenagers in your church who love children? Think about people who might have gifts and talents like story-telling, singing, playing games, drawing, artwork, crafts or perhaps there are people who just seem to relate to children well and know how to keep their attention.

      Learn from others: You will want to learn games and activities that will help you teach. Click here for some on my website. It is nice to have supplies and materials but you don’t actually have to spend a lot of money to teach children about God. There are many resources free to everyone (like this website). Talk to teachers at schools. Ask the children what kind of things they like to do. Go to the library. Visit other churches and find out what they do. You will begin with a few ideas but every time you teach you will learn something new.

      Start Small: You don’t have to have a big program to begin with. At first you may wish to just gather the children together and tell them a Bible Story. You could ask them to share what they found interesting about the story and what they think God would like them to know about it. You don’t need to be formal but you could allow them the opportunity to hear about God and learn to love him like you do. Teach them to pray.

      Set a time and Place: Many churches have “Sunday School” just before the Sunday worship assembly but you can choose a time that works for you. You might choose Sunday afternoon or Saturday or even one day after school. It might work best weekly or monthly. As for a place…if you are blessed with a church building, tables and chairs that is wonderful. But you can teach children in your home, in a park or at the beach. I’ve seen teachers roll out a mat or blanket and ask all the children to sit with them. This works fine.

      I hope this helps you get started. May God bless you in this effort! I would love to hear how it goes.

  20. laurakpayne says:

    Hi Mary,

    I am currently teaching a bible class of 4-5 year olds using the Heritage of Faith curriculum here in Melbourne, Australia. Our term is divided into three units, each with its own memory verse. This coming Sunday is the final week of our first unit, and we have been working on John 1:3. Some of the children know the verse, but some don’t. Do you think it would be better to keep working on the same verse until all the children know it rather than jumping ahead as per the curriculum?

    Hope you and the family are well.

    Love and blessings,
    Laura

    • Mary says:

      Hi Laura

      I’m happy to hear you are helping the children in Melbourne memorise Scripture. God’s word will be a part of them for their entire lives.

      I don’t think there is one right answer to your question. You’ll probably just have to weigh some factors and come to your own conclusion on this one. Here are some thoughts that come to my mind:

      Desire and Ability: If the children who have not memorised the verse are still determined to do so then I think I would allow them more time. On the other hand, if their interest has waned, they are not as able as the others, or if they are not getting help at home then I would probably move on.

      Keep a “Challenge Balance”: If those that learn the verse quickly are held back too long they will get bored and might even resent the children that take longer. If you are determined that all students memorise the verse then you might need to spend extra time with some children outside of class.

      Focus and Time: What is the topic and memory verse(s) in the next unit? If the units are quite different and the next unit is something you know the children are going to benefit from then it won’t hurt to wrap up this one and move on so they will have time to learn the next one.

      Make the Transition Easy: If you decide to move on then review the meaning of the verse together and perhaps display it somewhere in the room for later reference. Tell the class you are happy that everyone has learned the verse. You are proud of those who learned how to say it from memory and you are proud of those who learned about God and how he made everything.

      Hope that helps.

  21. bibleauntie says:

    I notice you were able to add the translation button to your blog. I have been puzzling about how to add one to my blog and was wondering if you could give me a very “dumbed-down” version of how to accomplish this? I appreciate your time. Bibleauntie

  22. MrMeejkoo says:

    I just recently started teaching Sunday school for 3rd graders at my church. I’ve never taught kids let a lone a class before and don’t really have the patience for them, but it felt like I had a calling to do it. Anyways, I managed to stumble upon this page and just want to let you know this has been a great help to me. I appreciate the work you put into this to help us. God bless!

    • Mary says:

      Hi there. Good on you for giving teaching a try. And pray about your patience because you will need a lot of it! Thanks for your kind words.

  23. Jayr Magave says:

    Mary, your site has blessed me in many ways. I live in Brazil, and attend a small Baptist church at Ananindeua city. Here we struggle with every kind of difficulties regarding study material. Your site as a whole, and the links section, particularly, provided me access to life changing content. May God continue to bless you and your family, and keep encouraged to maintain and expand this site, to His honor. Thank you.

  24. Ashtin Hoskins says:

    Mary,
    The past year has seemed so crazy and I haven’t had a lot of time to really go through the website, but I sat down tonight and looked through it and I REALLY like it! I think I’ve glanced a little before but it seems even more built up now. I do like the way it is set-up and I think it’s pretty user-friendly, which is great! I’m so glad that all of you wonderful ideas and resources are coming to life and use for anyone around the world! It’s very exciting! I also really like the templates and info. about planning a lesson and the basics on how to do it. I think that will be REALLY helpful for many teachers and those that are new to teaching. Great work so far!

  25. ohriyanto says:

    This year, I am supposed to be more involved in teaching Sunday school for the toddlers and little children. I’ve been looking for easy worship songs, especially action songs, and thanks God I found you and your crew. Thanks a bunch. God bless you.

  26. Rachel McFarland says:

    Mary, I am definitely going to be putting this to use here in Florida! So helpful! Brent, Isaiah and I send our love :) If you ever come to Florida, come see us!
    Love,
    Rachel

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Rachel! Glad you find the website useful. I wish we could just sit and catch up. Be sure and add some of your own great teaching ideas to the stories on the site! Give little Isaiah a hug for me.

  27. VA says:

    a great help for us……thank you Mary for the insight….I find it so helpful in compiling my materials together for the class…..many thanks and peace and blessing…

  28. Diana Dow says:

    I’m glad I stumbled on to your site. I must keep it handy for future reference.

    • Mary says:

      I’m glad you can see uses for it. You have a wonderful blog too. I linked to your pop-up book (Salvation) idea for four stories on my site (A Jailor Becomes a Christian, Lydia Becomes a Christian, Philip and the Ethiopian and Sermon at Pentecost). Whenever you have a related idea I would love it if you were to use the comment section at the bottom of any story on my website and link it to your site. Feel free to link my to yours if you find something useful. God Bless!

  29. Abby says:

    Thank you for your wonderful website.
    -from New Jersey-

  30. Cool!!This site is so helpful! Just knew it today, while looking for some children songs.Now it won’t be difficult for me preparing for our sunday school everyday.
    God bless!!

  31. hi,
    Please show me the way to work with you in our country, Myanmar.

    Michael

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for your comment and your email. God bless you in the difficult work in Myanmar. I’m sorry but I am only able to use ‘Google Translate’ on my webpage and there is no Burmese translation.

  32. Ana Patricia says:

    Hi Mary, God bless u!

    I am a new teacher at my church, teaching between 11-14. I was looking through this site, and is very nice what you have here. I will be applying some of these techniques to my class. Thanks and God bless u.

    Ana Patricia

    • Mary says:

      Hi Ana
      Thank you for the blessing. I’m so glad you find the site useful. All the best as you learn to teach! Sometimes it may seem difficult but don’t give up. Knowing you are making a difference in your students’ journey of faith is so worth the effort.
      Mary

  33. Nancy Martin says:

    Mary, you’re right! I love the new photo for this site! Thanks!

  34. Deborah says:

    Hello Mary,
    Just wanted to say, Hello. Marcus is on this mission trip to Pharr Texas. I fly out tomorrow and Micah is going on a soccer camp for this week. Trying to get everyone together in there place. Your website is great. I’m so proud of you. You have outstanding talent and it shines bright. Love you dearly….
    Deborah

  35. Jana Tinsley says:

    Mary, This is great. We are working on VBS for our Mission Trip & Deborah told me about your site.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Jana!
      I have a lot of work to do on it but I decided to publish it “as is” and add as I go along. I hope to advertise it more next year once I feel the “skeleton” is a bit stronger.
      Feel free to add any ideas to it. That is how the site will really grow in the future.
      God Bless,
      Mary

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