Hatty Fawcett, who attends St Mary’s Church, and myself, share an interest in making Sunday school plans as fun, exciting, relatable, and also as informative as we possibly can. We take it in turns to write the lesson plan, so we’re only dong it biweekly, sharing the load; we find this idea helps our creative juices to flow more easily.
Each lesson plan consists of a rough guide to show how the lesson should ideally go. We begin by listing the items we will each need to have gathered together in order for the lesson to work, and then we have a starter activity which is created to fully engage the children from the very beginning. Four tasks then follow: a reading of the Bible story for that morning; a discussion which explores thoughts and ideas about this story; a fun game; and then an interactive craft is made, all of which makes for a memorable lesson. An optional prayer time with the children is then had, introducing the kids to the idea of having a relationship with our Heavenly father. I personally feel that this prayer time is the most important part of our lesson plans, as our God is relational.
I most enjoyed writing the lesson plan where we taught each of our groups of young children about when Jesus was baptized. The children drew as many signs and symbols as they could, before drawing what they heard whilst we each read out the story. These pictures then created that week’s ‘wall of fame’, which is something that the children can later show the rest of the Church as a representation of the lesson taught that morning. After the drawing, a discussion was then had, which covered all of the key points of the story, asking the children different questions, helping them relate the story to their own lives. A fun game of Charades, where we all guessed each other’s chosen symbol, was then played, and we finished our lessons by thanking God for the symbol of baptism.
Upcoming event: Last year, Hatty and I ran an Explore fun day along with some wonderful helpers. Everybody seemed to love this day so much that we’ve decided to run another very soon… so watch this space, it’s getting pretty close!
I believe that Jesus has put a strong calling on my life to not only, ‘go out into the world and
declare,’ that He is, ‘King,’ but to seek those through the guidance of His Spirit, whom are bound
by captivity, who long to be set free, who desire their lives’ to carry a wonderfully weighted
…For a very long time I have felt that God is calling me into the ministry of deliverance. Along-side
the truth that our Father gives us the, ‘desires of our hearts,’ I strongly believe that He is also
willingly handing over an incredible calling…guiding me along a path where yes there may be a
prominently reoccurring battle, but one where I feel God is allowing me to come across those in
danger, those in dire need of spiritual deliverance…I long to be used by Him in such a way as to
set His captives free in His name, through His Spirit, and by His strength!
I feel that this year for me, is one where my calling to serve Him by building on my knowledge of
His word through writing a degree in Theology, coincides with encouraging His young children to
begin their first few years in life not only calling on His name, but also corporately singing His
praises surrounded by peers whom may also grow up to love our Lord.
I feel that God has told me, ‘I am preparing you for marriage.’ To me the idea of having a family of
my own at some point in life, where God is embedded in it’s centre, is something which I have
desired for longer than I can remember! In His perfect timing I would love for the plans I believe
are also His, to gradually unfold whilst He simultaneously continues to mould me into the woman
He so lovingly created me to become. I would love for cohesion to be displayed here, as opposed
to one desire slowly lagging behind whilst the other is storming ahead without a solid base or truly
I believe that through turning my hand to children’s work this year after having been a youth
leader last year, that He has chosen this particular next step of the journey for me, in order to
enable more of a strong foundation for potential motherhood.