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3 Things to Do Differently When Preparing for Sunday School

Simple Changes That Make a Big Impact

Know Your Lesson By Heart

The first step of preparing for serving in Sunday school is to read your lesson. But we challenge you that once you have read it once, read it again and again… and again! Before you know it, you will know your lesson by heart and this will make a huge difference in the way you do everything on a Sunday morning.

  1. Read the scripture that correlates to your lesson. If you can, read the entire book. Or read the surrounding chapters if you are teaching from a bigger book of the Bible.
  2. Highlight key words in your lesson and in the scripture that you want to help your kids remember.
  3. Write notes in the margin of your lesson. Writing down a note for every idea you have will help you remember everything you want to say and do on Sunday.
  4. Get a blank piece of paper and write your own outline for the morning. This will solidify in your mind everything you want to accomplish.
  5. Now go back and read the entire lesson and passage again one more time. You will see it with new eyes now that you have worked with it and memorized it!

Show Up Earlier and Prepare EVERYTHING

Hopefully you are showing up before your class does on a Sunday morning! But are you giving yourself enough time to feel prepared? Challenge yourself to get there earlier and see how God blesses your efforts.

  1. Put out props, materials, papers, chairs, tables or anything else you have for your lesson.
  2. Go the extra mile and decorate your room. To keep it simple, add some decoration to the entry of your classroom.
  3. Write notes to your class or their parents. Encourage them and share how you see God working in their lives or the lives of their children.
  4. Pray over your class, their parents, and the lesson. Ask the Lord to bless your morning.
  5. Leave time for God to show you how you can make that Sunday a blessing for your class.

Plan Surprises

Everyone loves a good surprise, especially children! It keeps them curious and engaged. Surprises can be big and elaborate but they can also be small and simple. Either way, surprises are more than fun. They can complement your lesson or make an impact that will help you lead your class to Christ. When you have fun with your class you gain their trust. And when you gain their trust they will listen to you when you share the gospel with them.

  • Introduce a new song
  • Do your entire program in reverse
  • Play a game
  • Bring a treat
  • Set up your room differently
  • Have children lead portions of the lesson
  • Put on a skit.



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