Sunday school is a church activity in which Christians gather to study God's word, the Bible. In many churches, Sunday school is the primary vehicle for Christian education. Fortunately, Sunday school does not have to be boring. While not all Bible stories are appropriate for children, there are a number that can engage children in learning about the faith. Here are several Bible stories with learning activities that can be used in childrens' Sunday schools.
Fishers of Men
In Matthew 4:18-22, Jesus called two fishermen, Peter and Andrew, to be his disciples. Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Create a construction paper pattern of a pail for children to cut out, or fold an origami pail. Create handles out of pipe cleaners. Have children cut out worms from pink construction paper and glue with heads poking out of the top of the pail. Tell children to copy Matthew 4:19 on the pail.
The Tax Collector
The story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) bears witness that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Using a treasure hunters' activity, children will learn why tax collectors were so disliked. Hide small wrapped candies around the room. Have the children hunt for the treasures but tell them they must pay a tax before eating. Make the collection unfair by collecting one piece from children with birthdays in a specific month or who play certain sports. Explain that tax collectors in Jesus' time used similar practices. Return the candy to the children.
David and Goliath
The story of David and Goliath (I Samuel 17) teaches children that God is bigger than any challenge they might face. The David and Goliath game requires five small smooth stones, one larger stone, masking tape and a hard floor. Have children paint the stones before playing the game. Create a box on the floor using the masking tape. Place the large stone in the middle of the box. Taking turns, children will attempt to knock the large stone out of the box with the five smaller ones. Marbles may be substituted for the stones.
God showed his people how he wanted them to live when he gave them the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). A meaningful and easy activity is to have children create their own tablets. Create a template that can be used to draw tablets on brown paper bags. Have each child cut out two tablets and copy five commandments on each. Optional ideas include the use of heavier material such as cardboard, making your own parchment, or gluing macaroni letters on the tablets.