If you’re a parent who is on the fence over whether to return to in-person church gatherings as we face COVID-19, this list of free Sunday school lessons is for you.
As COVID-19 persists across the country, families have to weigh the choice to return to in-person church gatherings. The decline in attendance and the break in attendance routine can be very detrimental to our youngest family members who soak up the Word of God like a sponge during Sunday school.
If you grew up in a Christian home, chances are you have fond memories of Sunday school lessons. Maybe you remember the old-school flannel storyboards or even Vacation Bible School (VBS). And as a parent, you want your kids — and the other kids in contemporary Sunday school lessons — to remember the lessons of Sunday school well into adulthood, just like you have.
Free Sunday School Lesson Ideas for Children and Holidays
Sunday School Lessons for Preschoolers
Preschoolers love Sunday school. The songs, games, coloring and Bible stories are all captivating for 2-4-year-olds; keeping their attention is key. These free resources will keep your class smiling and engaged:
Children's Ministry is a great resource for Sunday school teachers. They offer online lesson plans, Bible-themed activities, teaching tips, and outreach tools.
Sunday School Center organizes their lesson plans for preschoolers into series and individual lessons. So whether you’re volunteering for several weeks or filling in for another teacher, they’ve got you covered.
Complete with schedules, themes, activities, and more, Kid’s Sunday School offers members-only and free lesson plans that you’ll love. Check out their huge inventory on their website.
Sunday School Lessons for Elementary Children
It can be tough to keep the attention of elementary school kids. But on Sunday mornings, you have the chance to share lessons that can impact them for the rest of their lives. Here are free resources to help you create memorable Sunday school lessons for kids ages 5-12:
Friends and Heroes
Kids love stories that capture their imagination. “Friends and Heroes” is a kid’s Bible series that does just that, all while incorporating Bible lessons and stories kids are sure to remember. The best part? You can download a free Sunday school lesson to go with the episodes, below.
Watch Trailer: "Friends and Heroes"
100 Free Sunday School Lessons for Kids
You read that right, this website offers an extensive list of downloadable Sunday school lessons that are relatable and fun. With pop-culture spins like “Emoji Prayers” and “Jesus League,” these lesson plans are sure to get kids thinking (and talking) about God’s Word.
Ministry to Children — Kindergarten to 6th Grade
Ministry to Children focuses on lesson plans based on the Old Testament and New Testament that can be easily modified to fit ages 5-12.
Sunday School Lessons for Teens
The teenage years are some of the most impressionable for young minds. With peer pressure, high school, and the transition to adulthood come a specific set of challenges and a real need for guidance. Sunday school, youth group, or Bible study can be the perfect place to share wisdom with teens and young adults alike. These free resources will help get you started:
Christian Movies That Teach the Fruit of the Spirit
Most teens prefer not to sit through a sermon, but love watching movies. This free devotional teaches nine crucial life lessons alongside fun movies that display those values.
Teen Sunday School Place
Ranging from basic to in-depth, these lesson plans are great for the teenage crowd because they dive deep into God’s Word in a fun, relatable way. Though some must be accessed through a membership, there are a lot of free teen Sunday school lessons to get you started.
Ministry to Youth
This website doesn’t stop at lesson plans. It is also full of games and activity ideas to help you keep teenagers engaged and having fun. Check out their free resources below.
BONUS: Here is a list of family-friendly movies for you to enjoy with your teenager.
Sunday School Lessons for Easter
Easter Sunday is perhaps the most meaningful Christian holiday, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s crucial to help kids understand that Easter is about so much more than Easter egg hunts and bunnies. These resources will help you do just that:
Sunday School Center
This site offers free lessons not only for Easter, but all of Holy Week. It’s an easy way to teach about Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, Good Friday, the Resurrection, the Great Commission, Jesus’ Ascension, and Pentecost.
Sunday School Lessons for Christmas
With presents and Santa and everything else our culture throws at the holiday, the real meaning of Christmas can feel like it is buried beneath a heap of commercialism. That’s why it is more important than ever for churches to focus on the true story of Christmas. These lessons will help you teach kids what this favorite holiday is all about:
LifeWay Christian Stores offers free Christmas lessons on their website that span multiple age groups and topics. View them below.
With Sunday school lessons for the entire advent season, Loyola Press is a great resource for parents and Sunday school teachers.
That concludes our list of free Sunday school lessons and resources for you and your family during the times of COVID-19. For more great resources for your entire family, make sure you’re subscribed to the Pure Flix Insider. You’ll find family movie recommendations, devotionals, Christian news, and so much more.
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