Mother’s Day Sunday School Lesson

Mothers Day presentsThis is a simple lesson plan I’ve written for our kids church on Mother’s Day. My target length is about 20 minutes during the children’s church service. It can also be used for a Mother’s Day Sunday school lesson. I’ll list additional resources at the end of the lesson plan.

Learning Objectives / Indicators: After this lesson, children will . . .

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of what it means to honor their mother, by choosing from potential responses the ones that will most honor their mother.
  2. Demonstrate an attitude of appreciation toward their mother by writing a “what I like about you” letter.

Key Points:

  • Parents are gifts from God to help kids.
  • God expects us to have right attitudes and actions toward our parents.
  • We should be thankful for our parents.
  • Even parents need Jesus to forgive them, we must love parents even when they are not perfect.

Target Age Group: 5 – 10 years old {U.S. Kindergarten – 3rd Grade}

Bible Story: Ephesians 6:1-3 ESV Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (2) “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), (3) “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Teaching Setting: This lesson was first taught in our children’s church on Sunday morning to about 25 children. Before the lesson, the children participated in several songs and group Bible memory exercises. Target length of this lesson is 20 minutes.

Items Needed:

  • Print out this lesson plan. PRINT PRINT
  • Special parchment or premium paper cut in half sheets. (Regular paper will do in a pinch.) Pencils, crayons or markers
  • Optional: Polaroid film and camera, or digital camera with the ability to print immediately.
  • Display of Ephesians 6:1-3, this can be on a poster, marker board, or PowerPoint. If possible, have it on a format where you can underline the action verbs while discussing the passage. See “Review Action Words” below.
  • Optional: Download our printable “Moms of the Bible” game
  • Optional: Download our Mother’s Day Coloring Pages

Explanation: This lesson is designed to be used in Children’s Church or Sunday School on mother’s day. It has two learning objectives. First, I wanted the kids to understand what it really means to honor their mothers. Second, I wanted to help them develop an attitude of appreciation for their mothers.

Special care should be taken for children who do not have mothers in their life. In such cases, be sure to emphasize these truth apply to any parent or guardian that God has put in the child’s life.

Related Resource Links: Here are links to other websites that feature free lessons plans and learning activities realated to Mother’s Day: Bible Verses About Mothers | Craft Projects fror Mother’s Day | Preschool Mother’s Day SongsMother’s Day on MSS Crafts| Kid’s Sunday School Place | DLTK Mother’s Day | Mother’s Day events | Sunday School Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Sunday School Lesson

Teaching Plan: Honor Your Mother
(a special children’s church lesson for mother’s day)

Introduction / Hook: Ask the children to close their eyes and try to picture the person you describe. Say, “Think of a woman in your life  that has spent more time helping you than any other person.” Allow several volunteers to answer. If needed, ask follow up questions to help them see that their mom is a very important person in their life.

Say, “Today, we are going to learn what kind of attitude God wants us to have toward our parents. This is true for moms and dads, or foster parents, or grandparents who take care of you. But we are going to talk a lot about moms today because it is mother’s day.”

Active Listening: Say, “In just a minute we are going to read a Bible verse that teaches us how God wants us to treat our parents. While we read it, I want you to listen for any action words (verbs) that you hear. Then we’ll review to see how many you could find.”

Bible Passage: Display Ephesians 6:1-3 or have the children look it up in their Bibles. Read the Bible verses to the class; be sure to emphasize the action words discussed below. Then read it a second time to give the children a “second chance” to hear the action words.

Say It: Ask the children to repeat the Bible verse after you several times.

Review Action Words: Ask volunteers to explain which action words they heard in the passage. For each response, ask the children to explain what the word means. They may need help from the class. After each word, clarify what the word means. Here are the words they should have heard, with meaning in italics.

  • Obey – Doing what a person wants you to do
  • Honor – Heart attitude about a person’s importance
  • Go well – Living a good life
  • Live (NIV says “enjoy long life”) – Staying alive a long time

{Objective #1} Is This Honoring Your Mother? Say, “Honoring means having a right attitude about someone and showing their importance in how you act.” Read the following statements, and have the children agree or disagree. If the statement is something that honors your mother, the children should stand up. If the statement is not honoring, the children should sit with arms crossed.

  • Doing what mom says right away {True}
  • Throwing a fit if you don’t get what you want {False}
  • Eating your dinner with thankfulness {True}
  • Complaining about what mom cooked for dinner {False}
  • Telling your mom that you love her {True}
  • Praying for your mom {True}
  • Telling other people your mom is not nice {False}

{Objective #2} What I like about you . . . Have the children write and decorate a letter to their mother (or caretaker) that answers this question. If you have many younger children present, they will need help writing. Encourage them to draw a picture that goes along with what they like. It may be helpful to write common words or phrases on a marker board to help the children write their letters. Some possible examples:

  • I like the way you read to me
  • I like the way you help me when I’m hurt
  • I like it when you pray for me at bedtime
  • I like it when you hug me
  • I like it when you take me shopping

Share It: Ask for several volunteers to share what they wrote to their mother.

Optional: You can add a picture of the child to the card using a Polaroid camera or digital camera.

Optional: Show the Ruth Story video clip from Jelly Telly and talk about how it relates to mothers.

Closing: Lead the children in prayer …

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  1. Leerena says

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  2. Cheryl says

    Recently my Mother went to heaven. Doing children’s church was going to be difficult, but thanks to your posting it will be easier to prepare. God Bless! You and your team are awesome.

  3. Rebecca says

    i’m forever grateful to you Tony and the entire team of Ministry to children for the perfect timely resources you send to us freely, tomorrow our Sunday school will be activity packed, we shall have a skit about ‘my mother” in the main church ( Divine Freedom church) plus some songs then we shall have our modified lesson Honoring your mother with the activities suggested and im sure the children will love it, i will give you feed back.
    May the Lord bless you

  4. Annie E. Flores says

    It will help a lot fpr my Sunday school Tommorrow.Thanks for the ideas Ive

  5. Lisa BREEDLOVE says

    I really enjoy your lessons they help me teach me a lot thank you may GOD BLESS you

  6. says

    Thank you for making things much easier for me. I cant wait to use this lesson, the steps are clear and student-friendly. Kindly say Happy Mothers Day to Your Wife and Mother for me.

  7. Ethlyn Chalmers says

    Thank you so much for making Sunday School lessons so effective and easy to teach. I am learning a lot by following your guidelines. Thanks again.

  8. Anita says

    I have learnt a lot from the lesson here myself, and am sure I will be able to impact the life of my kiddy friends! God richly increase you in wisdom and long life.


    Anita – Ghana

  9. Rose Akweley Sampson says

    God bless for your resources which has made my work at the children’s church exciting. Thank you.

  10. Evelyn says

    Ephesians 6:1-3 is a great lesson for children of all ages. I will share this with my Children’s Fellowship ages 6 – 7 during Mothers day. Lesson #1 is especially awesome Thank you for sharing, I also appreciate your gift idea of picture frame and the verse. The children will love it. Thank you and God Bless this awesome family of God.

  11. Pearl Sippy Cup says

    I can never thank you enough for sharing your ideas, coloring pages, games and wisdom to others. God gave you a kind and giving heart, we don’t have the money to purchase Sunday School Activity but you selflessly share with all of us. I and Greater Works Ministries pray that the Lord will bless you and all those with you, huge (big time), financially and with more ideas.

    Thanks Again,


  12. Risper says

    Tony, God bless you. We are using your resources all the way in Kenya.

  13. Carol Alldredge says

    I loved this lesson and wanted to thank you for sharing this for others to use. Blessings to you and your family.

  14. lucy Ezeobi says

    Thank you very much for sharing your talents ! with us you save me. May God bless you with good today and always in Jesus Amen.

  15. Heather says

    Thank you so much! I am in a pinch this morning before Children’s Church – and you’ve saved the day! Thank you for sharing your talents!!

  16. Adetutu Tolu says

    Thank you for sharing this piece.Just finished preparing my Sunday school from this Lesson. Sure the kids will enjoy this.God bless you.


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