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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6 KJV

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    Find Sunday School Games - Teach kids about the bible and help them learn their bible verses with these easy to follow bible games.

    Friday, March 29, 2013

    Teaching kids about spiritual growth is as important if not more than teaching kids to feed themselves. After teaching the Ruth in the bible Sunday school lesson, you can use this Sunday school game to let the kids have fun while they are learning about spiritual growth.

    Spiritual Growth
    Sunday School Game

    Sunday School Game

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    To teach the class about spiritual growth, play this Sunday school game.

    You'll only need a few things for this game. You can also play it with any number of children. Here's what you'll need:

    • cut out paper food items (carrots, apples, strawberries, pumpkins, corn, etc.)
    • printed out verses and words (list shown below)
    • tape
    After you have cut out the food items, tape the words or verses (listed below) on the back and hide them around the room or area. Don't make them too hard to find - just hard enough for your age children.

    For this example, let's say you have 12 kids in your class.

    You'll need at least 2 paper food items for each child plus 12 more - a total of 36 food items (more for more kids).

    Write the following on the back of the first 24 food items. You can add some of your own ideas too. You can also copy and paste so that you can print them out. Then, just cut and tape them on the back of the food items.

    • Bible verses
    • Prayer
    • helping others
    • sharing
    • going to Sunday school
    • bible school
    • youth meeting
    • attend church
    • read your bible
    • tell others about Jesus, God, and Heaven
    • invite people to church and youth meeting
    • talking to God
    • or any other things that will help the kids spiritual growth
    Here are some bible verse suggestions you can add to the backs of some too:

    James 1:22 KJV
    But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only.
    Proverbs 10:5 KJV
    He that gathereth in summer is a wise son:
    but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
    Philippians 4:13 KJV
    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
    You'll also need 12 things that will NOT help with spiritual growth. Below are just examples. Feel free to add your own.
    • using bad language
    • using the Lord’s name in vain
    • telling lies
    • disobeying
    • being jealous of what others have
    • stealing
    • talking back to parents and teachers
    • bullying
    • hurting people’s feelings on purpose
    • cheating
    • throwing trash down on church property


    How to play this Sunday school game:

    After you have cut out the foods, taped on the words and verses above, and hidden them, it is time to explain the rules.
    Each child will walk around the room looking at each piece of food. As they read the back of the food, they can decide if it will help their spiritual growth or hurt it. Let each child pick up two foods, but be sure they don't pick up the bad foods.
    Once the kids have gathered two good food items, let them come back to sit in a circle. Let the kids take turns telling what they found and how it can help their spiritual growth. This is important as it will let you step in and explain why it will help when needed.

    After everyone has gone, talk about the bad foods they found and why it will hurt their spiritual growth.

    Use your own ideas and verses that you've been working on to help encourage the kids in your Sunday school class.


    Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    Helping your spiritual side grow by harvesting the good things God has given us is just one of the Sunday school lessons that can be taught about Ruth in the bible.

    Ruth in the bible Sunday school lessons.
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    While the word 'harvesting' may make it sound like a good Sunday school lesson to teach during the Fall when it is time for harvest, this lesson is great for anytime of the year. So, get your harvesting baskets ready and let's get started.

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    Ruth in the Bible

    Begin the class with prayer. Ask God to let all the little ears in the class not only hear, but to listen.

    Here is the bible verse for this lesson:
    James 1:22 KJV
    But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only.

    Ruth is a famous woman in the bible. She followed her mother-in-law to a far away country where she learned about working hard and about the one true God - our God. You see, at first, Ruth didn't worship God. Where she lived, everyone worshipped idols.

    Do you know what an idol is?

    An idol is anything that you worship instead of God. Some people worship statues while others worship the sun and moon. Can a statue made out of stone help you in any way?

    Wait for answers.

    Then ask, "Can the sun and moon answer your prayers?"

    Wait for answers.

    Of course they can't.

    Ruth realized this too. She made a good decision to follow the one true God and because she did, God blessed her over and over again.

    Harvesting to Feed Our Spiritual Side

    Teach kids the whole book of Ruth!
    When we think of harvesting, we think of farmers gathering their crops to eat. Food is what we need to help our bodies grow.

    But, did you know that we need to harvest things from God to help our spiritual side grow?

    For instance, bible verses help us grow. Listening in church and Sunday school helps us grow. Of course, these things don't help us to get taller or keep us from getting thirsty or hungry, but they do help the part of us that needs to become more like Jesus grow.

    If we never learn more about God, how can we tell others? How can we grow closer to him?

    What are some ways that you can think of that can help your spiritual side grow and help you get closer to God and become more like him?

    Wait for answers.

    Some of the things you should harvest to help you grow in Christ are:

    • praying
    • singing songs to/about God
    • telling others about Jesus
    • inviting friends to church
    • reading your bible
    • memorizing bible verses (like the one above)
    • coming to church and Sunday school

    Can you think of any more? Wait for answers.

    A Reminder

    When we come to church and Sunday school, we need to not only listen, but to do what we've learned. Repeat the bible verse above.

    Anyone can come and listen to the Sunday School lesson, but that won't help them grow in Christ. You must practice what you've learned. When you go home today, tell your parents or brothers and sisters your bible verse. Tell them about harvesting what you've learned to help your spiritual side grow.

    Pray for the kids in your Sunday school class and your class at school. Tell them about Jesus.

    All of these things will help you become more like Jesus. Keep learning and keep spreading God's word to others.


    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Palm Sunday - Sunday School Activity
    A cute and easy Palm Sunday - Sunday school activity is to make a cross from palm leaves or palm fronds as they are also known. You can use real palms or you can also make this Sunday school activity from the plastic ones from the store.

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    I hope you and your class enjoy this craft.

    Just a tip: palm fronds can be hard to find if you don't live where they grow. Also, they can be quite expensive. Try using green construction paper cut and taped to the right length and size!


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    Easily make the 'Palm Sunday' Sunday school lesson into an interactive Sunday school game by adding a few simple concepts. The kids will love it and will want to 'do it again'.

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    You can either read through the Palm Sunday lesson or print one up on your own to make this a cute yet simple Sunday school game.

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    Sunday School Games - Palm Sunday

    As you will see (if you haven't already), the story of Palm Sunday is quite simple and short which makes it easy to turn into a game. First, you'll need to pick out key words you'll want to use.

    We used the following words: donkey, walk or walked, Hosanna, and Jesus

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    What you'll need to do:

    Before telling the story, you'll need to tell the kids which words to listen for in the story. Again, we used the words above. For smaller kids, you might just want to use two words and for older kids, you could add more.

    To play this game as it ties into the story, you'll need to come up with some motions for each word. We used:

    • donkey - make donkey ears by placing each of your hands on either side of you head and waving them back and forth like donkey ears.
    • walk or walked - pat your knees to make a soft walking sound
    • Hosanna - put both hands in the air and gently wave them back and forth from side to side
    • Jesus - put both hands over your heart as a sign of love
    As you read the story, the kids will listen for these words and make the motions. You may need to stop at the words and do the motions yourself. If needed, read the story again so the kids will be able to pick up on the words, do the motions, and learn the story better.

    Alternate Sunday School Game

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    Sunday School Activity
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    Instead of sitting, tell the kids the story as you walk around the room or even outdoors. You could have a special place ready with coats lying on the floor, fake palm branches for the kids to pick up and wave, and turned over tables.

    As you read the story, make your way to each of these places to make the story come alive!

    Palm Sunday is often overlooked by many Sunday school teachers. Yet, it is the story that leads to the cross and needs to be told. It's not only an amazing story, it contains miracles and every kid and kid-at-heart loves miracles.

    Focus on the miracles and some 'over turned' tables of the Palm Sunday story for the Sunday school lesson below.
    Fan Palms - Palm Sunday
    Sunday School Lesson
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    'Palm Sunday' Sunday School Lesson

    Begin the class by asking, "Does anyone know what day it is today?"

    Many churches have their annual egg hunt on Palm Sunday, so you may get answers like: egg hunt, Sunday, someone's birthday and even Easter (you may even hear Christmas from smaller children - it's true).

    Start your lesson by telling the kids the importance of Palm Sunday. It is the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem and the day that began his journey to the cross.

    Here is the story...

    One week before Jesus died on the cross, he made his way to Jerusalem. Just outside the city, Jesus and his disciples stopped. He turned to two of his disciples and said, "Go into the village. Inside, you will find a donkey. Untie him and bring him to me."

    Jesus also told the disciples that if anyone asked what they were doing or why they were taking the donkey to tell them 'the Lord needs him, but will send him back soon'.

    The disciples walked into the city and found the donkey as Jesus had told them. Just as they untied him, the owner saw them and asked what they were doing. The disciples answered like Jesus had told them to and the owner allowed them to take the donkey.

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    Miracle Number One - This is the first miracle. God had already prepared the donkey for Jesus to ride. He also prepared the owners heart to allow the disciples to take him.

    When the disciples brought the donkey back to Jesus, they laid their robes over the donkey's back to give Jesus a nice soft place to ride.

    Miracle Number Two - This donkey had never been ridden. Think about this for a minute - donkey's react like horses do. They buck and kick the first time someone gets on their back, but not this donkey. (Luke 19:30 KJV)

    Jesus entered into Jerusalem riding on the donkey's back. As he entered, the people spread their garments in the road for him to ride over while others cut palm branches from trees and laid them down.

    The people began to cry out, "Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord."

    Hosanna is a sign of praise and means 'save'.

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    When Jesus made it to the temple, he saw people inside selling items. The temple was like a church and should have been holy. The people should not have been buying, selling, and trading inside.

    Then, Jesus began to drive them out. He overturned their tables and their seats and made them leave. The bible tells us that one of the things they were selling were doves.

    After Jesus cleansed the temple, he healed blind and the lame. Even the children cried out, "Hosanna, Hosanna!", for even they knew to praise God.

    Jesus love each and every one of us and we should love him back. He doesn't make us love him, but because of his amazing love for us, it is hard not to.


    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Here is the 10 Commandments coloring page for commandment number four. Commandment number four is a commandment that often gets broken.


    In today's world, businesses expect employees to work seven days a week. Sundays have become just another day to make a dollar or to catch up on work that couldn't be done the other six days. It is a sad time we are living in and there isn't much we can do about it.

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    Refuse to work and risk being fired. Where does that leave your family?

    The only advice I can give you is that you need to pray and ask God what his will is in your life. You should also pray to find out how you should raise your children to honor this commandment in a world that refuses to acknowledge they mean anything.

    10 Commandments Coloring Pages - Number 4

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    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    As our 10 Commandment Sunday School lesson talked about, this commandment is one of the hardest to keep.

    Teach your Sunday School class early to 'Keep the Lord's name special' so they will never use his name in vain. A great song to help teach this is the old Sunday School song O Be Careful Little Eyes. Sing this song several times during your 10 Commandment lessons to help reinforce God's word and his will for us.

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    May God lead you to teach what He needs your kids to learn. Pray before each lesson and listen to His instruction.

    10 Commandment Coloring Pages

    Often, when kids are around other children, they will say things that they might not say in front of family. As a Sunday school teacher, you need to stress to the children that when they are around others, it is more important than ever to keep God's name holy to set an example for others.

    The coloring page below will help remind them that when they are at school they should strive to be Christ-like even when having a bad day.

    This song is an oldie, but a goodie. It is a great way to teach Sunday School kids about watching what they see, hear, touch, where they go and what they say. O Be Careful, Little Eyes can be a complete Sunday School lesson for younger children.
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    O Be Careful Little Eyes Song Lyrics
    Sunday School Lessons

    O Be Careful, Little Eyes

    O be careful little eyes what you see
    O be careful little eyes what you see
    There's a Father up above
    And He's looking down in love
    So, be careful little eyes what you see

    O be careful little ears what you hear
    O be careful little ears what you hear
    There's a Father up above
    And He's looking down in love
    So, be careful little ears what you hear

    O be careful little hands what you do
    O be careful little hands what you do
    There's a Father up above
    And He's looking down in love
    So, be careful little hands what you do

    O be careful little feet where you go
    O be careful little feet where you go
    There's a Father up above
    And He's looking down in love
    So, be careful little feet where you go

    O be careful little mouth what you say
    O be careful little mouth what you say
    There's a Father up above
    And He's looking down in love
    So, be careful little mouth what you say

    To help you teach the 10 Commandments, we wanted to make a coloring page for each one. Below is Commandment Two coloring page (Get Commandment One coloring page).


    10 Commandments Color Page #2

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    I added an entire Sunday School lesson for the 10 Commandments that can be used for any age children, as well. You can break it up into one commandment each week or five one week followed by five more then next. Of course, if you have older kids, you can teach all ten the same day. I hope you like what you find here at Sunday School Lessons of Plenty.

    There is nothing greater than accepting Christ and living for Christ ourselves, then teaching children to do the same.


    Friday, March 15, 2013

    Here is the second part of our 10 Commandments Sunday School lessons. If you didn't read the first part of the lesson, go to 10 Commandments part one now.

    For those who are ready for the second part of the Sunday School lesson, keep reading.

    Sunday School Lessons - 10 Commandments
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    10 Commandments

    ** Have the kids move under the number five.
    Commandment Number Five:
    Honor thy father and mother.
    Honor means more than just to mind and do what your parents say. It also means to love and respect them. Let the kids think about this for a minute. In today's world, it is hard to teach respect to children as many children do not know or are not taught what the meaning of respect truly is. Teach the kids that respecting God's property (the church and the church grounds) means we are to keep it clean, not stand on pews, no running, wiping shoes before entering the church, cleaning up our messes, and so on.
    NOTE: Some children have abusive parents/guardians. If this is the case in your class, be sure to elaborate on the fact that if parents are asking kids to do something wrong or anything that goes against God, then they need to look to their heavenly father for guidance. He will bless them for doing what is right in cases such as these.
    ** Have kids move to stand under the number six.
    Commandment Number Six:
    Thou shalt not kill.
    Most kids will understand this one without elaborating on it.
    ** Have kids stand under the number seven.
    Commandment Number Seven:
    Thou shalt not commit adultery.
    Committing adultery is more than just a husband or wife not being faithful in marriage. It also means that you shouldn't lust after another person because in doing so you have committed adultery in your heart. (Matthew 5:28 KJV)
    This is a good time to say, "If you are married, you are not to have a boyfriend or a girlfriend too. You are to have the one husband or wife that you chose to marry - that's it."

    ** Have the kids move to stand under the number eight.

    Commandment Number Eight:

    Thou shalt not steal.

    Stealing doesn't have to mean something big. It could be as small as someone's special rock, an eraser, a pencil, a crayon, or even a juice box. Just because someone isn't using the item or hasn't used it in days, doesn't mean it is alright to take it.

    Also, you should never take anything with the thought, "I'll give it back when I'm done." Many times, we forget to give it back and find it in our pocket or backpack later. Always ask before borrowing anything that way you won't 'accidentally' steal it.

    ** Have the kids move under the number nine.

    Commandment Number Nine:

    Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour (or for younger kids - Do not lie.)

    Plain and simple - NEVER tell a lie. It is better to tell the truth and get into trouble than to lie and go against God.

    ** Have the kids stand under the number ten.

    Commandment Number Ten:

    Do not be jealous of what others have.

    This is a simple way to put commandment number 10. You can find the exact wording in Exodus 20:17 KJV.

    Being jealous of the things other people have is a big no-no. We often find ourselves wanting the latest toy or phone that a friend has, but God gives us what we need. Jealousy can make us do things we normally wouldn't do including lying to get what we want or even stealing.

    Never be jealous of what others have. We should pray that God will give us what we need instead.

    To read more about the 10 Commandments visit our website Christian Magazine Today.

    Just standing in front of your Sunday School class talking about the 10 Commandments may be fine for older kids or adults, but for younger kids, you'll have to be a bit more creative.

    Sunday School Lessons - 10 Commandments
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    For this Sunday School lesson, we're going to be more interactive with the kids to get them moving and learning at the same time.


    Before class starts, write the numbers 1-10 on several sheets of paper. The paper only needs to be big enough for the kids to see well - about 3" x 3" or so works great. You'll also need tape to hang them on the wall or you can just lay them down on seats or the floor. You'll see what I mean in a minute. We've played this both ways and both way are fun and the kids learn fast!

    If you want to get straight to this part of the Sunday School lesson, skip down the page to the heading "Interactive Part of the Sunday School Lesson".

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    10 Commandments Sunday School Lessons

    For smaller kids, you may want to break this lesson about the 10 Commandments into two lessons as it can be hard for them to learn all ten at the same time. The whole lesson follows:

    You may want to begin the class by taking prayer requests. Often kids will ask prayer for other kids at school. Sometimes you may be able to use those prayer requests as examples. For instance, in our Sunday School class, kids will ask prayer for a child at school who often lies or takes other kids pencils or erasers.

    Both are good examples of two commandments (lying and stealing).

    If no child brings these things up, you can begin with asking the questions, "Have you ever told a lie?" or "Have you ever took something that didn't belong to you?" or "Do you know someone who does these things?"

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    Sunday Sunday School Coloring Pages


    Did you know that God has given us 10 Commandments we are to live by? A commandment is a rule that God expects us to follow.

    Do you know any of the 10 Commandments? Wait for kids to answer, then continue.

    How many of you know who Moses was? He was the baby that his mother put inside the basket in the river to keep him safe. (If you've not told the story of Moses yet, just skip this part). When Moses grew up, God gave him a special job to do. His job was to lead God's people to a new land. Along the way, God gave Moses the 10 Commandments on top of a mountain. The mountain was called Mount Sinai.

    We can find the 10 Commandments in the bible in the book of Exodus chapter 20. Let's turn there now. Wait for kids to turn to this chapter in their bibles. If children are too little, just turn to the page in your bible and let the kids see.

    You can either read the verses word for word, or follow along with the interactive lesson below.


    Interactive Part of the Sunday School Lesson

    Remember the part above where you were to write down the numbers 1-10 on a piece of paper and hang them on the wall or lay them on the floor? This is where they come into the story.
    ** Have the kids stand under the number one while you read the first commandment:
    Commandment Number One:
    Thou shalt have no other God's before me.
    This means that there is only one God - the one true God. We are to put him first above anything else.
    ** Let the kids move under the number two.
    Commandment Number Two:
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    Worship God only.
    This means you are not to make an idol out of wood, god, metal, or anything else and bow down to it. God is the only God who is real. No idol that is made by a person can help you can it? The walls are made of wood, can it answer your prayers? No. Someone made earrings and necklaces out of gold. Can they help you? Of course not!  

    ** Let the kids move to stand under the number three.

    Commandment Number Three:

    Do not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (or, for smaller kids - Keep the Lord's name special).

    This means we are only to use the name of the Lord God or Jesus Christ in a nice way. We can use it to tell people about him, or we can read about him, or we can talk to him, but we are NEVER EVER suppose to use his name carelessly.

    For example, we are not to say, "Oh my, G _ _." When we use God's name in this manner, we are misusing it and breaking commandment number three.

    ** Have the kids move to stand under the number four.

    Commandment Number Four:

    Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy (or, for smaller kids - Keep the Lord's day special).

    The bible tells us that we are to rest on the sabbath day. The sabbath day is the Lord's day, the day we take time to worship God, normally Sunday.

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    Most adults don't know the 10 Commandments, so how can we expect kids to know them? The truth is several of the 10 Commandments are so simple to learn, most Sunday School teachers don't teach them because they think the kids already know them, but do they?

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    Sit down right now with a pencil and paper and write the 10 Commandments.

    Could you do it? Or if you did, were they in order?

    The 10 Commandments have a purpose for being in the order they are in, but that is a whole different Sunday School lesson we won't get into right now.

    Below is Commandment One for you to print out. You can use this several different ways. First, you can let the kids color the page, cut it out and take it home. You can let the kids color one sheet together and hang it on the wall. Or, you can already have the sheet colored before class and play a Sunday School game with it.

    Whatever you choose, remember don't assume your Sunday School class knows anything. It's better to teach something they already know again than to not teach them at all.

    10 Commandments Coloring Page

     Here is another option for you to print, if you'd like.

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    Easter coloring pages are great for your class to take home as a reminder of what Easter really means. While bunnies and eggs are fun, it's not the real reason we celebrate the Easter holiday. Praise God!

    Easter is a time to remember the pain and suffering Jesus went through for us as he made his way to Calvary carrying his own cross. It is a time to rejoice that he didn't stay on that cross, he is alive!
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    Easter Coloring Pages

    If you need another Easter activity for your class, you may want to add this printable Easter puzzle too!

    May God bless you and Happy Easter!



    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    After you have finished the Sunday School lesson for Attributes of God - Get Organized, this Sunday School game will help reinforce your lesson. Sunday school games keep kids learning while having fun. When you have time, a game is a great way to reinforce what you've just taught.

    Get Organized! Sunday School Game
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    Take a look at this verse before class as you will be teaching it to the kids:

    James 1:22 KJV

    22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

    If you have small children, you can use only the first part of the verse.

    What You'll Need for the Sunday School Game

    To play the 'Get Organized!' game you'll only need an open place for the kids to stand and sit. You can also copy the bible verse above on a piece of paper or poster board for the kids to see.

    Begin by having all the kids bunch up in the middle of the area. If possible, you could play this game outside on the green grass just like from the Sunday School lesson.

    Tell the kids they need to listen and to hear what you are saying just like the verse above. The kids will need to hear what you say, then do it.

    Depending on the size of the group, you can clap your hands together 1 to 5 times and have the kids get into those groups. For more kids, clap 5 to 10 times. For example, if you clap your hands together 3 times, the kids will need to get into groups of 3 sitting on the floor or grass. Any kids leftover can come to stand by you and you can let them clap next time.

    You can keep clapping, letting the kids reorganize themselves. This game is so much fun to watch. The kids scramble around as they try to get into their groups.

    Once seated, have the kids say the verse aloud.

    Another version of this Sunday School game.

    Have the numbers 1 to 4 taped to different walls. Put the number 1 on one wall, the number 2 on the next wall, and so on.

    Divide the kids into groups.

    Print out the numbers 1 to 4 and cut them out. Place them inside a bowl or cup and give them a shake. Draw out a number and have the first group go to that number on the wall. Have all the kids say the verse.

    Next, draw out the next number and have the next group race to that number on the wall. Keep going until all the kids have a chance to find a number on the wall. To make it more interesting, give each group a name and just call out which wall you want them to go to. This version of the game moves quicker and keeps the kids on their toes.

    For example, name one group of kids the Genesis group and another the 'Exodus' group. Call out 'Genesis' go to number 2 or 'Exodus' go to number 4.

    You could also just have one group and make all the kids go together to each number and say the verse.

    Teaching kids bible verses are a very important part of Sunday School.

    May God bless you as you teach kids the word of God.

    Attributes of God are something people look for often. Sometimes people want to know just how great He really is while others want to become more like Him. Me - I want to become more like Him.

    Get Organized! Sunday School Lesson
    Photo Courtesy of Beth Kanter
    Known fact - I am horrible at getting organized. I get off to a good start, then before I know it, I have started something else and have left the organizing behind. Are you like that?

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    It's true - one of the hardest things for people to do is to get organized. Of course, some people have that natural instinct (I wish you could buy natural instincts. Oh, well). Since buying the natural instinct to get organized is out of the question, we'll just have to look at the attributes of God to see just how getting organized is important to Him and how we can become more like Him.

    Attributes of God Sunday School Lesson

    Today we're going to learn about one of the attributes of God. Does anyone know what an attribute is or what they think it might be?
    An attribute means a quality or characteristic someone has.
    For example, if you say that someone has good attributes, you are saying someone has good qualities or characteristics about them.
    One of God's attributes is he is organized. I bet your wondering how we know that God is organized.
    Well, we can look at many things in the bible that tells us how He is organized. Take the books of the bible, for instance. Each book is perfect. Each book is written so that the words work together with other books of the bible.

    How Jesus is Organized

    One bible story that helps us understand God's attribute of organization is Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand. Do you know that story? If the kids do not know the story of Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand you can touch on it just a bit. You can find this bible story in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. To get all the details of the entire story, you'll need to read it in all four books.
    In the book of Mark, verse 39 and 40 we read this:
    39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
    40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
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    Why didn't Jesus just tell everyone to sit down? Why was it important for the those people to sit down in groups?
    Because He is organized.
    The people sitting down in groups of 100 and in groups of 50 allowed the disciples to distribute the food easily. It also allow the disciples to gather the left over food quickly. In every word of the bible and in every lesson of the bible we can pick up on amazing things God tries to teach us. Nothing in the bible is useless. Everything is important.
    What does this one attribute of God tell us? We need to get organized.
    If organization wasn't important, He would have left this part out of the bible. But, he didn't.
    Imagine if you went to school and the teacher let all the kids in your classroom sit wherever they wanted, go to lunch whenever they wanted, and talk whenever they wanted. The teacher wouldn't get anything done during the day much less teach the class what they needed to know.
    Being organized helps keep the day running smooth, it helps keep chaos down, it helps us to learn order and respect. Without being organized, life would be crazy.
    How many of you keep your homework where it should be? Does mommy or daddy gather it up for you every morning or do you take care of it yourself? How about your room? Is it neat, tidy, and organized?

    Organizing Our Christian Life

    Did you know that we need to organize our Christian life too?
    We should have a time everyday that we read our bible. Some kids may be too young to read the bible by themselves, so say, 'a time of day when mommy, daddy, or sissy, reads the bible to you'.
    Remember, while bible story books are great, children need to be introduced to God's word early in life. They may not understand what they hear or read completely, but God will open up His word to them when the time is right. They need to keep reading just as we as Sunday School teachers need to read the verses aloud for the kids to hear.
    Always use the King James Version of the bible. Just because a bible has be written so that kids can understand better, it doesn't mean you should use it. God wrote His words the way He wanted them to be written and to be read. We should NOT try to change it.
    We should always put God first. Not just say, 'I put God first'. We need to actually do it!
    As Sunday School teachers, we need to study the attributes of God, get organized, and become more Christ-like every day!
    May God bless you on your journey of teaching Sunday School.

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Use this Easter Sunday School activity for your class. If you have a young class, let all the kids work on a single puzzle instead of giving each child one of their own. You can also use this for an adult Sunday School class. Have the papers laid out on their seats before class starts and be sure they have a pen or a pencil. Adults love puzzles too.

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    Easter Cross Word Puzzle


    It's always nice to have something extra for the kids to do. It's also nice to be able to send a little something home with them.

    This Sunday School coloring page has one of the Romans 12 bible verses printed on the bottom along with an extra verse listed on the page of the bible the little boy has open. The verse is James 1:19 KJV.

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    Sunday School Coloring Page

    James 1:19 KJV
    ...let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

    If you didn't see the Romans 12 Sunday School lesson or Sunday School game be sure to check them out to use with this coloring page.

    Choose one or both...


    This coloring page goes great with the verse listed above!

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    If you missed the Romans 12 - Feed Your Enemy Sunday School lesson you can find it here - Romans 12 Sunday School Lesson. If you've already checked it out, let's get right to the Sunday School game below.

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    Sunday School Game

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    One of the main purposes of the Romans 12 lesson is to reinforce to children that God will take care of us and if we get angry, we should stop and think before yelling or being mean to someone.

    For this Sunday School game you'll need a rope of some sort, a ribbon or bandanna, and a piece of colored tape. A jump rope will work great for smaller classes. You'll also need some pretend food or if you serve snacks to your class, you could use real food. For larger classes, groups can take turns. Taking turns can be hard for some children, so be sure to remind them that we should be nice and slow to anger.

    James 1:19 KJV

    19 ...let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

    How to Play the Feed Your Enemy Sunday School Game

    Divide the kids up into groups of two or three. You should have two groups per game. You will be doing a tug-of-war. Have a piece of tape or a chalk line on the floor so the kids will know where to pull the other team too.

    Lay the jump rope on the floor. Measure to the center and tie the ribbon or bandanna. This will serve as your flag. Have one group stand on one side of the flag and the other group stand on the other.

    When you're ready, have the kids pick up the rope and stand still. Be sure they are listening. Reinforce the bible verse where they should be quick to listen. When you say go, let the kids begin pulling. The team whose side crosses over the middle line must say the bible verse above.

    The point of this game is to teach them to be slow to anger. Once they say the verse, allow them to give food to the other team just like the bible story 'Romans 12: Feed Your Enemy' talked about. If you wish, you can also allow them to pass out the drinks.

    Before ending the game, try to divide the teams up again to allow all the kids a turn to say the verse and pass out the food and drinks.

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    Ask them what they remember from the game. You're looking for them to say...

    • be slow to anger
    • feed your enemy
    • let God take care of things for you
    • give your enemy drinks
    • be slow to speak
    • listen carefully
    • and other things that pertain to the verses and story
    Sunday School Lessons can be taught through bible verses that help children prepare for everyday life. The bible isn't just filled with wonderful stories, miracles, and history. It's filled with help for our daily lives.

    It teaches us how we should live, how we should act, and how we should treat others. Today's Sunday School lesson comes from Romans 12:19-21 (KJV).
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    Feed Your Enemy

    The last three verses of Romans 12 can teach us many things. First, begin by reading the verses or let the kids take turns reading them. Here they are for your reference right now.

    19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
    20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
    21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

    After reading these verses, ask the kids, 'Have you ever gotten so angry that you did something you shouldn't?'

    Give the kids time to answer. Sometimes when you hear an answer that you've not thought of it can lead you to explain things in a way that will help the kids understand better.

    Once the kids have finished, talk about the first verse you read (verse 19). It says, ...avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

    If needed, you can re-read the verse for older kids or just jump right in for younger kids.

    Sunday School Lesson

    Have you ever wanted to get back at someone who was mean to you? I'm sure we all have. Maybe your sister or brother took your favorite toy. You may want to go into their room and take their favorite thing and hide it or even do something bad to it.
    Or, maybe a kid at school is stole your favorite pencil. You may want to sneak into their desk and take their pencil or pen just to get them back.
    Did you know that the bible tells us we are not suppose to do that? It says that we are not suppose to be mean to someone or do something to someone just because they did it to us first. The bible tells us that vengeance, or punishment (revenge), is left up to God.
    When someone does something to us, we are to let God handle it. That doesn't mean if someone is hurting us or bullying us we shouldn't tell. We should tell a teacher or a parent because God has put them here to take care of us too.
    We are to pray for that person and tell God what has happened, then we are to let God do His will with the situation.
    So, what can we do besides pray and leave it it God's hands?
    The bible tells us in verse 20...
    20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 
    We are to be nice to that person. The bible says if that person is hungry we should feed them or if they are thirsty we should give them something to drink. We may not always be able to give the person being mean to us something to eat or drink, but we can be nice to them. God doesn't want us to act stuck-up or spiteful to anyone.
    By showing kindness, God says it is like heaping coals of fire on his head. What does that mean?
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    One thing it means is that if you are nice to that person they will begin to feel guilty for what they've done. This isn't always the case, though. Some kids are very mean and don't feel bad about anything they do. This is where praying for them and letting God handle it is important.
    In the last verse, verse 21, it says...
    21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
    When things don't go our way, we shouldn't let anger and hate consume us. We are to let the good shine through even when it's tough. Getting angry, yelling, and screaming is human nature, but remember it's not what Jesus would do, is it?

    We should always think about what Jesus would do and try to act as much like Him as we can. Put a smile on your face and let the good shine through.

    Have you ever heard of the song, 'This Little Light of Mine?'

    We are to let God's light shine through all the time.

    Take the time to sing This Little Light of Mine as a reminder of how we should act.