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!