Today we’re sharing the second lesson in our kids’ Sunday School series. These lessons are to help parents / guardians during this “stay at home” time across the nation… and world. Since our kiddos can’t gather with their own classes and teachers (and since it’s tough for us to teach a focused class via Zoom with our kids running around), we’re providing some lessons for parents to use.
These lessons follow the Sunday School curriculum we’ve been using in the class we teach at our church. That way, if we are able to meet in person again, we haven’t lost any steam. But they are also designed that you can jump in at any time and use yourselves.
This lesson wraps up Ephesians 6 and focuses on prayer. We tried this lesson with our kiddos earlier this week and it involves talking about and praying for the world…
… and looking through a church directory (if you have one) and praying for people you see.
We also have another coloring page you can download (or use as a template to make your own if you’re like us and don’t actually own a printer)…
And ideas for a handprint craft and prayer activity you can do!
But most of all, the lesson focuses on how God hears us when we pray, how we can pray for anyone, and how we should pray for opportunities to tell people about Jesus.
We know that this is also Palm Sunday, so if you’re looking for some simple activities you can do with your kiddos to celebrate, try one of these:
- Read the passage about Jesus entering Jerusalem in Matthew 21:1-11
- Trace your child’s hand on green paper (7 or 8 times), cut them out, and glue/tape them to a popsicle stick to make your own palm fronds – here are detailed instructions. Wave them around while reading the passage.
- Go on a Palm Sunday scavenger hunt. Look for these items: blanket, stuffed animal/plastic animal of a donkey, a green leaf, a branch, a coat, a map (try and find Jerusalem on it, if you can!), and a crown.
- March around your house shouting the phrases from Matthew 21:9: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Talk about how if you were in Jerusalem when Jesus was entering, you may have shouted, “Hosanna!” just like everyone else.
- Start setting the stage for Easter Sunday: Talk about how Palm Sunday is when people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem, but later that week, He would be arrested, sentenced to death, and offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Three days after His death, Jesus rose from the dead and that’s what we celebrate on Easter: Jesus’ victory over sin and death!
Have fun teaching your kids this week!