Remember last year? It went from
"Help, someone's sick and I have to
teach 3rd graders on Sunday!"
And it happened real quick. But now ... kids aren't even used to getting to church anymore. Now what? How do we keep them motivated?
8 Ways to Make Sunday School Amazing in 2021
I know last year you may have had to RETHINK how you even did Sunday School! But now here we are, back to classes. Some kids don't even want to be there because they are so used to being at home. You are scrambling for ideas ...
Have you ever had to whip together your own Sunday school lessons or even an entire curriculum? I am sure that you, like me, have been guilty of quickly snagging something off of the internet because it was easy. And now you have to prepare for your own children!?! Maybe somebody gave you a book or some crafts or some curriculum, but it isn't quite that easy to follow ... especially in a pinch.
I can guarantee that you, after hearing about this approach, you will want to implement this Christ-centered curriculum. It will develop an appropriate, positive learning environment and your children will feel challenged each time. You will see them excited and motivated to gain a closer relationship with their Lord.
They may even want to STUDY their Bibles ... at HOME! *gasp*
Yep, to top it off all your hard work, they will also want to become a better Bible student! You might even start seeing them ready before Sunday with excitement, with their fun 'assignments' done, and loving it. I bet they will surprise you with their accomplishments!
So no panic, no worries, and remember this: there is no overworking required at all. The mission with The Scripture Scout's Sleuth for the Truth Sunday School curriculum is to help YOU feel better equipped to teach very simply and easily. It will give you a bird’s eye view of how your children’s attitudes CAN be toward the Lord’s church and spiritual things.
And it's so much fun! So. Are ya ready? Here we go...
8 Ways to Make and KEEP Your Sunday School Amazing in 2021
My favourite verse as translated by The Message is now the flagship message of the Supersize Your Sunday school connections at The Scripture Scout:
"Point your kids in the right direction—
when they’re old they won’t be lost."
Proverbs 22:6, The Message
RELY ON THE WORD OF GOD
The Bible is your very best resource as a teacher's guide to awesome lessons. It is excellent to use commercial materials to supplement a more in-depth study in the scripture, but don't please don't put your entire confidence on them.
The centrepiece of the appeal of the Word of God in the church, in Sunday school, in the HOME, and all Bible studies and discipling must be a clear 'advertisement' of Christ crucified and resurrected -- and as the only Savior for every generation. The use of human-centred techniques will never produce a genuine transformation of the human heart and, therefore, will never provide real revitalization.
In short, overlook workbooks. and TRUST THE WORD.
INVESTIGATE THE SCRIPTURE
As a parent and a teacher, when I step into a setting with students, whether that be in a home-school setting, traditional school, or Sunday school setting, I want to see children interested and ENGAGED in their learning. And in any Bible school, the most connected and excited students are the ones whose teachers are manipulating provided materials and investigating the truth in the Bible through the world around them.
Variety is desperately needed and setting your kids' goals based on an in-depth study of the Word will assist you in finding original and creative lessons. May the beauty and grace that you've experienced in Christ inspire and compel you to continue to guide your children toward God. This is one of the reasons it is so important to get out your scout's magnifying glass and make it a BLAST to search for Jesus ... even in Genesis! That being said ...
IN BIBLE LESSONS
"He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing." - Ephesians 2:10, MSG
You are created to be creative and that creativity is God's gift to us. That matters to God. YOUR ideas work better -- believe in them and don't find yourselves restricted to manuals. How does your knowledge of the truth affect how you answer God's call to human creativity? Yes, you're a parent doing this in-a-pinch, but you will be surprised at yourself and what you can accomplish. Look at what this awesome nutty dude does with BAND-AIDS!!! Talk about glorifying God with art and imagination!
& ENTHUSIASM ABOUT
LEARNING GOD'S WORD!
If the teachers are excited, the kids will be too. I can't say this enough. If you have kids of your own, you already know that they can 'read' everything, including your attitude and motivation. (That can be creepy, right?) It's good for you that they can keep that in check, huh?
I don't just want to save you time and make you sound brilliant here. I want to help you make young disciples. Don't forget to craft a discussion-based question. That'll help a LOT! Need help with that? Let me give you this little freebie on The Ten Commandments to help you get started. I hope it also inspires you to craft your own questions!
KEEP A STRONG CONTINUITY
OF YOUR BIBLE LESSONS
Set a GOAL that you and your family are all working toward together. Reign your focus on where the kids can see a plan, not only in what you are doing for them but also in God’s Word. You can implement anything you feel necessary to reinforce the teaching.
Get ready to EXPLORE the Bible in your "Sunday school" lessons! You can look below to see an example from a step-by-step standard lesson plan of Sleuth for the Truth which covers 52-weeks in 4 quarters.
SET HIGH EXPECTATIONS
FOR YOUR BIBLE STUDENTS
High expectations challenge our children and brings beautiful results. I firmly believe this as it has been proven over and over again!
There are some free printables for you below and these methods cover many ages from Sunday school lessons for preschoolers through middle school. We believe in this do-it-yourself style curriculum, but the methodology is even more important! Does managing all of this sound impossible? Well, I’m not lying, it IS NOT. ;-) But check it out for yourself and decide:
FOR YOUR CHILD'S PROGRESS
I know there are many opinions on giving prizes, but even in Sunday school, it is true that if our children feel well rewarded, they will work for it! You can also see THIS ARTICLE for much more about implementing Sunday school incentive and prizes and the benefits of rewarding students in Sunday school. A fun points system has always worked well for us!
Through appropriate student rewards, teachers can focus on lesson content and interactive projects to pamper students with learning as opposed to concentrating on just teaching a lesson. They will also really be looking forward to the next one!
ENCOURAGE DAILY CHRISTIAN HABITS
(amoung students AND teacher/parent, of course!)…
- You know well that
- serving others
- is so important and it is first of this list for a reason. Train kids to serve others by modelling it yourself. The best way to start showing your young Bible students the blessing of helping others is to participate yourself! Children learn by example, and the most significant way to stimulate their interest is by being committed to some level of community service. (Hint: seeing you enjoy it is an even more prominent example! *wink*)
- Daily Bible Reading
- - you already know the beauty of getting into God's Word, but friendly competition between classes and adults can ignite their time with the Bible
- Prayer Time
- - to encourage and enhance their relationships with Jesus
- Note Taking
- taking notes during sermons can be the mortar that ties everything they are learning in class together; show them a simple and appropriate way to do it -- make it fun!
- Bring their Bibles
(and notepads) to church and Bible class every time!
- Implement a
Saving money is always another decisive factor and a "soapbox item" for me as every time it has been implemented it cut ¾ our curriculum budget. If you need this for your church school, I can guarantee your church's bookkeepers and accountants will love that! But since most of us are doing this at HOME right now, our spouses will love that too! :-D
All of this was put together to help YOU feel better equipped to teach very simply and easily and to give you a great idea of how your children’s attitudes CAN be toward the Lord’s church and spiritual things.
Soon you will be saying, "Sure, no problem!" when you're back with your church, it won't be something to fear at home either, and it will become a no-brainer because there is a good year's worth of lessons available! It includes varying age ranges and Sunday school discussion topics, not to mention a lot of free printables to enhance the classroom-now-homeschool experience.
I believe these simple ways to 'make Sunday school amazing' work. Even better, I believe this because I have witnessed several generations of young, committed Christians who KNOW what THEY believe and are committed to making the religion they were taught into the “pure, undefiled" stuff of which the Bible speaks.
Employing these eight simple things will be a boon to your BIble school. And if we do them while following the WORD, we prayerfully won’t have to watch our children leave home and leave the church. We WILL see them with their heads-on-straight about the distinctiveness of the church, about what worship is, and any other thing that may confront them, for they will know HOW to study the Word and not just accept what anyone tries to teach them.
You get that, right? I thought so.