Communion Lessons, Challenges and Links for
You are welcome to copy these plays for use in your Sunday School.
- The plays were written for children aged 6-10 years old with
the intention that they did them in class with the text in front
of them. (The idea was for them to learn the story - not to perform
as such.) They generally take about 5 minutes, very few props
and no dressing up. We usually did the play twice, often changing
who had each role.
- They were for a class of between 7 and 12 children, so they
generally contain a "crowd" or "group of apostles" or some such
group that could be 2 or 10 people depending on the numbers that
turned up so that everyone had a part.
- There is a range of reading levels in the parts - from fluent
readers for the leading roles, to simple one line parts for the
- They were written to coincide with the theme for the week so
may not contain the whole story.
God and Me - Lessons for Early Readers.
This is a seven week syllabus covering the main ideas about God,
with 5 to 7 year olds in mind. The syllabus uses a hand puppet of
a spider as the main teaching aid. The spider theme goes into the
workbook as well.
lesson plans (28 kb word file) and the workbook
(1mb word file) for you to download for use in a teaching setting.
Two plays are used as well and they are provided on the website.
Topics covered are:
What is God like? - Noah’s flood
God cares about me - Jesus and the little children
I can be myself and God will love me - David and Goliath
God wants me to live in a particular way – The prodigal son
We can trust God – Daniel in the lions’ den
Talking to God – the Lord’s prayer
What does Easter mean?
The Triple S Challenge!
(for Senior Sunday School)
A very popular challenge
for 9 and 10 year olds.
We have introduced these "challenges" - something the children learn
home and then have to do for their Sunday School teacher after class.
have been simply amazed at how popular it has been!!! We gave them
weeks to complete each one.
We provided a certificate and a edible reward (nicely wrapped),
was presented in GREAT style at the Sunday School meeting immediately
following the child finishing the challenge. Its good to use an
looking chart to record the children's progress on too!
This challenge helps children
to learn the meaning of common Christian phrases used in worship,
such as in the Lord's prayer, the Aaronic blessing and so on.
We provide two versions of the challenge booklet for you to download:
1 is designed to be an A5 booklet with the text being
sides of the paper. You print it all off in A4 and then copy it
it packs together as a book. This is the format we used.
Challenge 1 A4 is
in A4 - you can print it off and you don't have to worry
about double-siding anything.
Feel free to modify the text as suits you.
2 - the Old Testament
2 This is on the Old Testament. Note that an
extra reward is offered if the children also learn the books of
Prophets. We gave a small chocolate bar for this and a larger chocolate
box and certificate for doing the whole challenge. Over half of
children learnt the Prophets even though it was voluntary.
The challenge should be
xeroxed at A4 size, with the temple being
xeroxed onto A3 light card that is stapled separately into the middle.
3 - Survival skills
3 focusses on essential christian skills - prayer,
reading, church attendance and service.
It sets week-long goals for each area.
It was the least popular of the Triple S challenges that we did.
kids seemed to find it too "fuzzy" to grasp. For this
reason we recommend you don't
use it for your first attempt at getting the children to do challenges!
The last triple S challenge
This one is shorter than the others because it was for the term
into Christmas when there were many other activities. It was
enthusiastically received, and we ended up with a real village of
houses. The challenge should be xeroxed on A4 paper. The two pages
with the house parts need to be xeroxed onto light card.
Communion (a 45 minute lesson)
This is a set of activities intended to be a lesson for the whole
of the Sunday School to take together in the Presbyterian form of
Communion. It is based on the words in the service used here at
St Johns, but we would suggest you modify it to reflect the service
that you use.
We took the children into church for the communion part of our service
at the end of the lesson.
We did the day as:
- An introductory talk by one teacher about the words used for Communion
(ie Communion, Lords Table, Eucharist, Mass) with the emphasis on
that we did this in our way here at St Johns but that people all
around the world in all sorts of churches were doing the same thing
because it is so important to Christians.
- A play (which the teachers did for the whole class)
- We then had a teacher recap the main points on the board
- A set of worksheets, which we split into four groups for:
*senior communion worksheet (ages 11-13)
*middle communion worksheet (ages 8-10)
*junior communion worksheet (ages 5-7)
*The preschool children had a picture of bread and a cup of wine
- A questionnaire which the children had to fill in as they watched
the communion service take place:
- Communion Quiz (This was xeroxed onto the back of everyone's worksheets)
Useful Web site
links for Sunday School Teachers
This is an index site
to a whole lot of information -- and a wide range of age-groups
and stories is covered. The link takes you to the New Testament
page - but in the top right hand corner you can see the index for
Old Testament and Miscellaneous sections as well. It is probably
the best site of the lot as it covers a wide range of stories and
also has a range of age levels. http://mssscrafts.com/newtestament/
This site has some more
worksheets etc on it but is less comprehensive and all the worksheets
are very similar. Again the full range of age groups is covered
- from colouring in sheets to quizzes and word searches. http://calvarychapel.com/children/site/curriculum.htm
This last site lets you
make up your own word searches or crosswords using your own words.
You change the type of puzzle with the "try other puzzles" box -
it is very quick and easy to use. http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/WordSearchSetupForm.html
Finally this site is probably
only of interest to teachers of 5 to 8 year olds. It has craft and
other activities - but it only covers the big bible stories and
so it is of more limited use. http://www.dltk-bible.com/index.htm