Use this free lesson plan to teach preschoolers in church or Sunday School. God wants all the people in the world to know about his love and glory. Even younger children can begin to tell others about Jesus.
Lesson Title: May All People Praise You
Bible Reference: Psalm 67
Target Age Group: Pre-school
Learning Context: Sunday School
Target Time Frame: One Hour
Memory Verse: “May the peoples praise you, Oh God; may all the peoples praise you.” Psalm 67:5
Gospel Connection: This lesson focuses on our end goal as Christians: To extend God’s Kingdom unto the ends of the Earth. As Christians, we are responsible for praying for the harvest and evangelizing. God is responsible for doing the actual work of changing people’s hearts.
- Children will learn that God is glorified whenever we tell others about Him.
Basic Supply List:
- Aluminum foil
- Shaving Cream (Or whipped cream, foam soap, etc.)
- Library books (if you want to read to the class about other cultures)
Note: In the teaching plan below the words in italics are meant to be read aloud. The regular text is simply directions for the teacher.
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Introduction: Greet each child and welcome them to class. Open with prayer and pray specifically for people in other countries that do not know about Jesus yet. Explain to the class that we are very blessed to know about Jesus because in some places very far away people have never known about him. Ask, What do you think that we can do to help these people learn more about God? Allow the students to answer and help them understand that we should tell others about God.
Lead the children in a quick game of telephone to get them thinking about telling others about Jesus. Telephone is played whenever one child whispers a sentence (in this case use the Bible verse) to another child. Keep whispering the Bible verse until everyone has heard it. Now tell the kids to say the sentence that they just heard as loud as they can. If they haven’t heard the correct verse then tell them that it is “May the peoples praise you, Oh God; may all the peoples praise you.” Psalm 67:5. Tell them that in life, God does not want us to just whisper about God, but to tell everyone we meet about him boldly and loudly.
Begin by reading Psalm 67:1-2. Say, God wants us to tell others about Jesus, but He knows that we cannot do this on our own. We need to pray that God will bless us and our world. We need to pray that God make it so that others will learn about him. God wants the whole world to know about him and praise him.
Read Psalm 67:3-5. Say, God created the world so that people would praise him. Let’s take a minute and praise God through singing a song. Lead the kids in singing a favorite praise song. You might enjoy “My God is so Big.”
Read Psalm 67:6-7. Say, The reason that we do all of this is so that God will have more glory. Our God is wonderful, almighty and worthy of all of our praises. It should be our goal as Christians to tell as many people as possible about God so that they can praise Him too.
May Your Face Shine On Us: Verse 1 tells us that we should pray that God’s face will shine on us. Remind the class of this and use this activity to help them remember verse 1.
Cover a table with aluminum foil. Then squirt some shaving cream on the foil and let the kids play. They can use the shaving cream to make pictures or practice writing letters. It’s a great activity for them to use their hands. However, it can be messy so be prepared! Shaving cream could also stain their clothes so have painting smocks available or use whipped cream or foam soap or something like that.
Building Blocks: Tell the children that many people in the world have never heard about Jesus. Explain that the majority of the people in the world live in cities. Have the children work together to build a city out of blocks. If you don’t have blocks you could use plastic cups, or whatever you have. It doesn’t have to be just blocks. When you have finished building the city lead the children in praying for the people who live in cities and have not heard about Jesus yet.
Act Out the Lesson: Have the children role the lesson. Choose one child to be a Christian who is praying to God for people who are lost. Another child will be a missionary that is traveling to another country to share the gospel. Another child or children will be the people who are learning about Christ. Let the children play for as long as they are interested.
Learn the Bible Verse: Use the following motions to learn the Bible verse.
- May the peoples- Hold one hand out flat, palm up. Use two fingers from the other hand to walk across your hand.
- Praise You- Clap hands twice.
- O God- Point up to God.
- May all the peoples- Hold one hand out flat, palm up. Use two fingers from the other hand to walk across your hand.
- Praise You- Clap hands twice.
Learn about Another Country: Go to the library or go online and find stories about other countries or missionaries that you can share with the class.
Conclusion: Close by praying for the class. Pray that they will be bold and will tell others about Christ. Pray for those in foreign countries. Pray that God will be glorified and more people will learn about Him and his goodness.