Summer is different in children’s ministry. After all the VBS activities, regular weekly programs like Sunday School can see lower attendance. This is true in children’s church too. Many congregations pause their Wednesday evening programs when school is out for Summer vacation. This page links all our best ideas for making the most of Summertime in your Sunday School.
Summer Sunday School Lessons
For my class in the summertime, I always like to do self-contained lessons rather than a series. This means kids who are out on vacation won’t be left behind in the curriculum. Here are a few suggestions from our website.
- Download a free standing PDF Sunday School lesson each week from Sunday School Works
- Seasons Change, but God Never Changes (Ecclesiastes 3)
- Use our shorter units like “The Walk” (4 lessons)
- Try the free games based lessons from Bible Games Central
- Use Bible trivia questions instead of regular lessons
- Use Bible memory games and Bible memory verses instead of regular lesson
- You can teach these 4th of July Sunday School lessons
Summer Coloring Pages
Having some hands-on learning activities is a nice change of pace for summertime ministry. These would also be fun handouts for children to use during the adult worship service.
If you need more, you can download a free 12-page bundle that includes the daily routine.
Summer Bible Object Lessons & Sermons for Kids
We love the creative ideas opened up by vacation season. Everyone is more relaxed and ready to have a laugh during the ministry moment. Here are a few examples of creative children’s sermons we recommend for the summer break.
Summer Children’s Church Curriculum
Kids church needs a different pace too in the summertime. I love to review my VBS lessons and music in kids churches. That’s a great way to welcome kids who visited your Bible School into your regular programs. Here are some more curriculum ideas.
- Top 10 Boats in the Bible – this is a fun way to look back on popular Bible stories
- 9 Week Study on the Parables of Jesus – each lesson is independent of the others
- Children’s Ministry Deals is offering an 8-week curriculum called Happy Campers for free this Summer.
- Have you tried the GO! Children’s Ministry Curriculum – We love their video and media content. They have free samples up on the site you can use this weekend.
- The Sunday School Store has some solid choices for children’s church curriculum, all have free samples which is a great way to save money and test new lesson series.
More Ideas for Summer in Children’s Ministry
- Managing expectations in Summertime Ministry
- Summer Ideas for Children’s Ministry
- The Summer of Serving ideas
- How to stay positive when summer church attendance is low
Whatever you plan, be sure to enjoy this special season of ministry. Don’t think of less kids as less ministry. Instead, use the time to deepen relationships and make each child know how special they are to your church.
Leave us a comment if you have more ideas to share for making Summer Sunday School an awesome experience for all.
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