As we approach the new school year, it’s time to equip our children not just with school supplies, but also with spiritual tools to navigate this vital phase confidently. I am thrilled to introduce a new curriculum series from the Sunday School Store, titled “Back To School: Backpacks, Blessings, and New Beginnings.” This 4-week children’s ministry curriculum is designed for children aged 6-12 years old and is available for instant PDF download.
Download the free sample lesson below or get the complete Back To School 4-Lesson Sunday School Curriculum for Kids.
A Journey of Learning and Growth
For children, going back to school can be a mixture of excitement and nervousness. They are about to embark on a new academic year with all its challenges and changes. To help them cope with these feelings, this curriculum combines biblical teachings with practical advice. The series emphasizes that as they begin the new school year, Jesus’ love will be with them through every challenge, every positive experience, and every friendship they form.
The curriculum is broken down into four weeks, each with a unique theme and scripture reference:
- Week 1: “Packed with Purpose: Gearing Up for the Journey Ahead” – This lesson equates packing a backpack with essential supplies to equipping our hearts and minds with spiritual ‘supplies’ such as kindness, honesty, and patience. (Colossians 3:12-14)
- Week 2: “Unseen Blessings: Discovering God’s Support in Our Daily Lives” – This lesson teaches children to see God’s hand in their lives by acknowledging and appreciating His blessings. (Numbers 6:24-26)
- Week 3: “Navigating New Beginnings: Embracing Change with Courage” – This lesson helps children face the changes and challenges of a new school year with courage and trust in God. (Joshua 1:9)
- Week 4: “Classroom Companions: Building Friendships and Spreading God’s Love” – This lesson emphasizes the importance of building friendships and showing God’s love by treating everyone with kindness and respect. (1 John 4:11-12)
More Than Just Lessons
In addition to the weekly lessons, the curriculum includes attention-keeping learning activities, an easy-to-teach lesson plan, discussion questions, prayer, memory verse activity, printable word search worksheets, Bible story coloring pages, and craft activities. It’s perfect for children’s ministry, kids’ church, or Sunday School.
The “Back To School: Backpacks, Blessings, and New Beginnings” curriculum is more than just a series of lessons. It’s a guide for children to deepen their relationship with Jesus, equipping them with virtues and understanding His enduring presence in their daily school life. By embodying and sharing these lessons, children receive the Good News and become active carriers of Jesus’ love and teachings among their peers and community.
As we prepare for the new academic year, let’s remember that the Gospel gives us the confidence to face any challenge. Just as Jesus overcame death, we can overcome difficulties because He is with us, providing God’s grace. And even when we make mistakes or sin, the Gospel assures us of God’s forgiveness and love.
Let’s embrace the new beginnings with backpacks filled with blessings and hearts filled with God’s love. Happy schooling!