Bible Lesson: Changing Seasons and an Unchanging God

This is a free Bible lesson for children teaching them about the changing seasons of life and the unchanging character of God.  It was first prepared for a Children’s Church setting, but would work well as a Sunday School lesson also.

Through a study of Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, students will identify time periods of life and how they can navigate through them.  They will learn that God makes all things beautiful in its time through a Bible lesson, a game of Pictionary, and an art project.

Bible Story: Changing Seasons and Our Unchanging God
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Target Age Group: 1st – 5th grade
Time: 45-60 Minutes
Learning Context: Children’s Church
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Supplies: Bibles, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 on display, 2 whiteboards/chalkboards, dry erase markers/chalk, crayons or colored pencils, 11 by 17 pieces of white paper, index cards with the seasons of life listed on them (from Ecclesiastes 3), optional costume idea

God Made the Seasons Coloring pages – These free printable coloring sheets are made for each of the four seasons. They help kids remember that God is the maker of weather patterns and seasonal climate. Excellent for homeschool projects about weather. These God’s creation coloring pages are 100% free for ministry use.

Optional Game Idea: If weather permits, or you have an appropriate room in your church, you can try our Drip-Drip-Drop game idea. You could relate this back to the ideas of changing seasons and talk about the glory of God displayed in the rain.

Optional Costume Idea: Dress in accordance with your region’s current season.  A fall outfit could include overalls, a farmer’s hat, and a flannel shirt.  A winter outfit could include a heavy winter jacket, ski pants, boots, scarf, mittens, and wool hat.  A spring or rainy season outfit could include a rain coat, boots, an umbrella, a hat or gardening clothes.  A summer outfit could include sunglasses, a hat, flip flops, a t-shirt, and shorts.

Introduction: As the students arrive, say: Welcome!  Welcome to_____________ (your region’s current season).

As a weather reporter may announce, say: Today’s current conditions call for a temperature of _____ degrees, with partly ______ skies, and a wind coming from the east at ____ mph.  With weather conditions like these, we better plan accordingly and __________________.  (List a number of appropriate seasonal activities such as taking a hayride, raking leaves, shoveling snow, building a snowman, planting some flowers, splashing in puddles, going swimming, or building a sandcastle at the beach.)

Express your like or dislike for the weather in this particular season and explain why.  Ask the students: What is your all-time favorite season and why?  What is your least favorite season and why?  Allow for multiple students to answer.

Sometimes I wonder why God ever created _________ (your least favorite season.) Wouldn’t we all be better off without all this __________?  (snow, freezing rain, heat, humidity, rain, etc.) Please tell me that some of you agree with me!

But God said that He created every season for a purpose.  So, yes!  Even ______ (your least favorite season) has its purpose.  Not only do seasons have their purpose, but times of our lives have a purpose too.  That means that there will be times when we will laugh, dance, keep, love others, be loved, and have peace.  There will also be times when we will cry, mourn and grieve, give up, fix something that is broken, and have to deal with war.

Maybe you’re in a fun season of life right now.  You are happy and your family is great and your friends just traded silly bands with you and you are doing well in school and you had cinnamon rolls for breakfast!  (What could be better?)

But maybe you’re in a sad season of life right now.  Maybe someone you love has died recently.  Maybe you are trying hard in school and your grades aren’t getting better.  Maybe your parents are fighting a lot and you think you may have to move to some place new.   Maybe your friends haven’t really been friends.

What I want you to know today is that seasons will change.  Bad times and good times will come and go.  You will change.  Your friends and family members will change.  Your home, school, or church may even change.  And your hair, that will probably change too!  (You should see what I looked like in 5th grade!)

But you have to know that God will never change.  If you have a relationship with Him, He will never leave you.  He will always be there to help you through.  God says that He has made everything beautiful in its time.  That means that He can take even the worst seasons of life and turn them into something more beautiful than we could ever have imagined.  Our God is incredible!

Learning Activity #1:  A Time for the Word

Have the students open their Bibles to Ecclesiastes 3.  In the event that they do not have Bibles with them, have verses 1-11 written for display.  Have them wiggle their ears to listen for all of the seasons that God said we’ll have in our lives.  The clue words to listen for are, “a time to…”  Challenge them as a group to remember 10 of them.

Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, emphasizing each season.  Once finished, hide the verses from eyesight and have students raise their hands to brainstorm as many seasons as they heard.  Compile a list of seasons on a chalkboard/whiteboard.  The heading should be, “A time to…”  As you write student responses, help to explain the verses.  (Does God really want us to kill?  What does mend mean?  Why does it say that there is a time to hate?)   Celebrate however many seasons the students remembered.  Read it a second time to listen for additional seasons.

Learning Activity #2: Guess the Season Pictionary

Prior to class, write each “season of life” on an index card.  There should be 28 if you do all of them, but try to select simple seasons to illustrate.  Some examples include:  a time to be born, a time to plant, a time to tear down, a time to weep, a time to love, a time for peace, etc.

  1. Play the traditional game of Pictionary with the students.  Begin by drawing a “season of life” yourself for them to guess as an example.
  2. Divide the students into two teams, each with their own separate chalkboard/whiteboard and writing implement.  (Teams should be seated in such a manner that they cannot see the other team’s illustrations.)
  3. Invite two volunteers to come forward from each team.  Show them the index card.  Have them begin depicting this season for their own team members.
  4. The first team to guess correctly must then say, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”  They will then receive a point.
  5. Continue playing until each team member has the chance to draw an illustration.  The team with the most points wins.  If time remains, play through twice.

Learning Activity #3:  Four Seasons Art

  1. Divide an 11 by 17 piece of white paper into four panels with folds.
  2. Invite the students to depict pictures of fall, winter, spring, and summer on each of the four panels utilizing crayons or colored pencils.  Have an example that serves as a model.   For older students, other seasons of life, highlighted in Ecclesiastes 3, can be illustrated.
  3. For extra credit, have them write Ecclesiastes 3:11 on their papers.

Close the lesson in prayer, thanking God for the seasons in our lives and asking God to help us get through the good times and the bad times with His strength.  Make sure that the students know that if they ever need to talk, you are always there to listen.

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Comments

  1. Shirley Williams says

    Great Lesson, for our children Ministry. I pray that all children will be bless by it.

  2. Tonia Starr says

    Thanks for this lesson. We will be using it this Sunday at our Children’s Church Service. We are going to have a change of seasons relay race, where each runner will stop at a station and change into the seasonal outfit at that station.

  3. edith says

    your website is a huge support to me in guiding my Sunday School class through the bible .The lessons are always well laid out and offer many options. thank you for the work you do!

  4. Trisha says

    Thank you so much for these lessons! I teach ESL at a Christian school in South Korea. This lesson will work perfectly for my presentation coming up on Saturday. The kids always really enjoy these lessons and they make my life much easier. Thanks again!

  5. says

    I taught this lesson this past Wednesday and it was received great by the kids! Great lesson and ideas. Thank you so much for this ministry. It has blessed our church tremendously!

  6. Laura says

    Thanks for being so generous with your great lesson plans. I needed material in short notice and your website was a great resource. The content is creative, biblical and fun!

  7. Audrey says

    Hi, I used this lesson for Junior Church and the kids loved it! I had a very small attendance this week (only 3 very young boys) and I was concerned. However, the boys had a blast playing “pictionary” which they ended up playing as charades! Also, being boys, they were very competitive about remembering the “A time to” words. Excellent lesson as always. Thank you so much for making my job so much easier.

  8. Zoya says

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  9. Danielle Marie says

    I am very pleased to have found this website. I have recently moved to a new church where my dad has stepped up as the pastor, and I am doing the Sunday School/nursery. I have never taught a lesson in my life, but Sunday I start. I’m pretty nervous!
    Thanks!

  10. CELINDA JUSTIS says

    I HAVE CHILDRENS CHURCH THIS SUNDAY AND I DID NOT KNOW WHAT I WAS GOING TO TEACH. SO I GOT ON THIS WEBSITE AND FOUND THIS LESSON ON CHANGING SEASONS. I THINK IT WILL BE GREAT. I HAVE GOTTEN OTHER LESSONS ON HERE BEFORE AND THE CHILDREN LOVED THEM. I LIKE TO GET THE CHILDREN INVOLVED WITH THE LESSON. THEY LIKE DISCUSSING THE STORY AND TELLING THERE STORIES. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS MINISTRY.

  11. Alex says

    Thank you all very much for these free lessons. They have been a blessing to the children I teach and me. I pray for God’s blessing and wisdom to increase in your lives.

  12. Daisy D. Hughes says

    it’s always a big help for me. I teach Sunday School every Sunday and this is where i get my lessons and craft ideas. Thank you for posting this lessons for free.It’s been a blessing to me and the kids.More power and be waiting for more lessons from your site. God bless.

  13. Tammy says

    We were asked to do children’s church for this Sunday. Instead of using the boring book I got last time, I thought I’d look to see what I could find on the web. I found this and liked it right away so did not need to look anymore. I think it is a great lesson. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Tammy

  14. Ashley says

    Love this lesson plan for our Children’s Church this Sunday. I just found your site and love it. Praise God for the work you are doing.

  15. Yolanda Beamon says

    I truly praise God for these lessons. They are a great blessing to me and the children.

  16. Theresa says

    These are so helpful!! God truely uses you guys to spread his word to his children!!! Thank you for all you do and for being so obidient!!

  17. Tiffany says

    Is there a way I can better adapt this to younger children? Please comment. I’ll be teaching this one on Saturday and probably a new one on Sunday.

  18. sheila says

    Gratefull i came across this website, as i had ran to teach our children at sabbath thanknGod for the nowledge received from this site. What astrong way to teach the children

  19. sharon johnson says

    An excellent and very creative presentation of this topic for children. We must learn to connect God and His character to our daily lives. We pray that the Holy Spirit will manifest the reality of God through his son Jesus Christ to this generation. You are doihg a good work!

  20. Trish Cushing says

    Hi, I wanted to use this lesson for my kids this Sunday, however, when attempting to print it out, it was full of all the superfulous ads & other non-lesson items on the page. I wasted 8 pages of paper (which is VERY dear to me (I am a retired senior citizen w/very little income!) and still didn’t have a good lesson to teach this week. I shall continue to peruse your site, however, I probably will not try to copy anything I find here. In Jesus’ Name, Trish Cushing

    • Brenda says

      Ms. Cushing, if you will look under the lesson title at the top of the page, you will see a PRINT icon. If you will click that, the lesson is completely without ads and prints in black ink only.

  21. Terry says

    Thanks for this lesson idea! I just got back from a week out-of-town and realized it’s my turn to teach my Sunday school class of 5th-6th graders tomorrow. We’re doing the Wisdom books, so it was great to be able to pull ideas from this lesson to be able to cover Ecclesiastes. It’s a very small class (five children) so I’m going to have hats/accessories so they can each dress up like a season. I’m going to try to cover the other chapters, too, so they get more than just the verses you cover here.

  22. joyce says

    this is quite exhilarating having to teach the children the essence and purpose of every season and that for all seasons and at all seasons, God loves us the same and makes it work for our good.

  23. claudette tennant says

    I wonder if you have a lesson on the father prayers for the age 8 to4

  24. Peggy says

    These lessons are so awesome! I thank God for them. I pray He will bless you all for reaching out to the children; and helping the teachers all at the same time.

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