This purpose of this section on our website is to provide some simple resources and links for parents who are interested in having Sunday School or church-time for their children at home.
Page 1 features resources from our family and links to other pages within our website. (This is the page you are reading at the moment.)
Page 2 features a list of places online where we have seen some good, Bible-based resources which are easy and useful for having church or Sunday School at home or in small groups. That page has weblinks leading outside of our website. You can get to that page by clicking on the graphic (right) or at the graphic at the bottom of this page.
(Page 3 isn’t available yet. 🙂 This is a project in process, along with other things we do here.)
First of all here are 2 general printables – TIPS for teaching children in Sunday School, at home, or in other ministry settings.
Please click on the graphic to download the page(s) you are interested in:
Teaching Children the Bible How do you teach the Bible to your children? Do you use a monotone, boring voice, straining or sighing? I hope not but many people don’t know or perhaps remember, how to read, how to retell, how to make a lesson more memorable. What about objects or visuals – do you use those at least occasionally? Here are some simple tips to make your teaching sparkle!
Secondly, here are some Bible lessons (multi-grade) with resources from our family:
AN AUDIO MESSAGE (all ages, young children to adults): (The message is from Joy’s dad can is also posted here.)
Children can listen with you, listen and play quietly, or listen and colour the below printable and/or another colouring picture you find online (e.g. you might check my Pinterest board – N.T. Christ’s Life on Earth)
We have also used this audio message and/or similar ones for Sunday evening church at home or when travelling or going for a drive to a lake, then stopping to listen to something while we enjoy the view. (In other words, you don’t have to just sit still in a living room around a computer.)
A PRINTABLE (especially of interest to preschoolers, primary age children) – a simple craft to retell the story, optional script (including fingerplays), plus song suggestions. It is a 3-page pdf. Print out the 1-page craft page on cardstock or plain white 8 1/2 x 11″ paper, one per child. If you don’t have the stiffer paper, simply reinforce the paper by gluing on a piece of construction paper or even cardboard from a cereal box after the child has finished colouring. Click here for the free download: Zacchaeus Printable
A video demonstration of the story visual which the craft is based on (click here to see this super-short demo): Zacchaeus climbing up and down (Up, up, up – go slowly. Down – go fast to show excitement.)
“Lost and Found People” Game – a simple scavenger hunt to reinforce the lesson – for that free printable click here: Lost and Found People Game
Key Bible Verse(s) (e.g. could use for memory verse games or to put on craft page): Luke 19:10, Philippians 3:9
Lesson: MAGNIFY God’s Name and God’s Word – various Scripture verses
AN AUDIO MESSAGE (all ages, young children to adults): What’s in a Name? (It is also posted on this page here.)
Children can listen with you, listen and play quietly, or listen and colour the below printable and/or another colouring picture you find online (e.g. you might check my Pinterest boards – N.T. Christ’s Life on Earth and/or The Bible – Psalms and Proverbs)
A PRINTABLE – a simple craft to emphasize the Bible verse Psalm 138:3b and an easy object lesson outline plus song suggestions. It is a 2-page pdf. Print out the 1-page craft page on cardstock or plain white 8 1/2 x 11″ paper, one per child. If you don’t have the stiffer paper, simply reinforce the paper by gluing on a piece of construction paper or even cardboard from a cereal box after the child has finished colouring. Click here for the free pdf printable:
I plan to continue uploading more “Sunday School” stuff here so be sure to come back later for more! 🙂
OUR OTHER SECTION which compiles some Bible-related blogs, etc. is located HERE (click) on our website.
Why do we have a page called “Sunday School at Home”?
Ideally, the whole family would be attending a local church in-person each week, where they would learn more about God and His Word, enjoy friendly interactions with others, pray together as a group of people, serve and worship God together! This is the pattern and direction given to believers in Jesus Christ (Christians) who met on the first day of the week – Sunday, also called “the Lord’s Day” – in the New Testament period of history and afterwards. (Yes, they met on other days sometimes too and are encouraged to meet more and more as the time grows shorter before Christ’s return. But Sunday was the main day and therefore I chose to name this page “Sunday School” because it would most often relate to special activities and learning on that day, compared to “weekdays” when we also have other “school subjects”. The lesson material in on this page (page 1) will generally be only 1 topic or story rather than a series of 5 or 7 in arrangement. But of course, feel free to use these resources and links any day of the week if they can help you. 🙂 )
The reality is that sometimes, part or all of the family cannot attend a local church for a period of time. This may be due to a wide variety of reasons such as illness, traveling, moving, vehicle repairs needed first, weather-related situations (e.g. blizzards), environmental sensitivities/allergies, lack of available church services (e.g. no evening services when the family still desires such), government policies (e.g. for public health and safety), lack of transportation (e.g. a parent on shift work taking the only vehicle), sincere exhaustion due to unavoidable circumstances, etc..
The question then becomes – “What do you do for “church at home” for children?
Having been “at home on Sundays” a fair amount in my life and even more so in recent years, it is relatively easy to find ministries geared for adults, especially nowadays online with high speed internet. But to find easy-to-use resources for children in these above examples of home situations can be more of a challenge. (I’m meaning here the kind that require little or no prep and yet are meaningful to a wide age range; not “busywork” and not the kind of high-energy lesson one might put together for a S.S. class of children, not just a marathon of entertaining videos with some sort of “Christian” content. What I’m more often looking for has to work with possibly a child who was up half the night or a parent who also wants to take in an online/T.V. church service around the same time. It might be something that works for all ages – both adults and children, or it might be something that is easy to do with children while having something else in the same or next room for the older people of the household.) Sometimes we have used our own homemade resources and sometimes we go to other websites or publishers/ministries.
To see some links to resources which are easy-to-use-in-a-family-with-young-children-setting – ones which we have noticed over the years when we have faced that question, click on the graphic below. 🙂