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Christian Education

Lesson Planning

BASICS

  • Sunday School typically runs from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Sunday mornings, following the 9:30 am worship service.
  • Worship service end times may vary. It is helpful for the Sunday School teacher to give youth a verbal marker of when Sunday School will start. Teachers should make an announcement in the Fellowship Hall to remind youth that Sunday School is starting.
  • Sunday School lessons can be flexible and adapted to fit the needs of youth or requests from parents. For example, in the past, we spent two Sunday School classes discussing the structure and reasoning behind a Sunday worship service.
  • LESSON PREPARATION

  • Learn what is in the lesson. In order to be an effective teacher, it is important you fully understand the lesson.
  • Find the Major Points in the lesson. There are usually 2 - 3 major points in each lesson. These are the important things you want the students to learn.
  • Think of the possibilities, who may show up on Sunday, how to adjust for him or her.
  • LESSON / CLASS OUTLINE

    Opening

    When a music director is present, Sunday School typically begins with some type of music. Even if a music director is not present, I often begin with a game or song with actions. It is important for the children to get their wiggles out after sitting through the worship service.

    Content

    Lessons may come from the Spark House series, through Augsburg Fortress, or as mentioned before, can be based on an event or request.

    Activity or Craft or Both!

    I think children learn well when the lesson is reinforced with hands-on activities. Typically this time is spent reinforcing the lesson, whether through a learning activity or a craft. Pinterest has been a great help for inspiration, but again, the lesson plan packet may have helpful ideas as well.

    Prayer

    Close the lesson with a prayer, whether written beforehand or said on the fly. I typically have the children repeat after me and remind them that prayer should be quiet and still.

    REALITY

  • Each week, we never know who is going to be present. During the passing of the peace and announcements, I “assess the situation” by mentally noting which children are present and adjust my lesson plan.
  • Remember –You will be teaching a multi-age group of children, ranging in age from 4 or 5 years old to 12 year olds. Lessons will need to be adjusted accordingly. The older youth are often helpful with the younger, so feel free to give them directions for helping out if they’re willing.
  • When brainstorming lessons, it is always helpful to have a Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C. Basically, you want to have a few back-up plans in case things change.
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