This is a simple lesson plan to teach a group of preschool children about worship. It is based on the theme “Worship the Lord with gladness” and would be ideal for a preschool Sunday School class. This lesson should work for any small or large group of preschool children.
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Bible Concept: Worship the Lord with Gladness.
Scripture: Psalm 100:2
Target Age Group: Age 2 – 5 (U.S. preschool ages)
Time: 20 Minutes
Learning Context: Church Preschool Class
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Items Needed: Before class, gather pictures of a Bible, praying hands, radio or music note, smiling face, someone helping others. If you wish, you can bring in actual props instead of pictures. You can print off these pictures by searching Google Images.
Learning Objective: This lesson seeks to provide children with different ways to worship and allows them to practice each of these ways to worship during class time.
Lesson Time: Gather the children and ask them to name some ways that we can worship the Lord. You can show the pictures to help the kids come up with the answers: reading the Bible, praying, helping others, singing praises.
Explain that the class is going to do some of those things in order to “Worship the Lord with gladness.”
Next, ask the children if they know what “gladness” means. You may get several different answers. Again, show them a picture (smiley face) to help guide them to the answer: happiness, cheerfulness. Say, “Great! We are going to worship the Lord with cheerful, happy hearts because that’s what it means to ‘worship the Lord with gladness!’”
Worship Time: This will be the time to practice some of the ideas we just talked about as ways to worship.
- First, we are going to pray. Invite every child to pray, knowing that you may have several who are too shy or don’t feel comfortable praying. You can give them suggestions for their prayers: thanking God for family or friends, thanking God for the class, pray for someone who is sick, etc. You may have to coach some of the kids through their prayers once they get started. This is how they learn!
- Next, we are going to read the Bible. You can read the verse from Psalms. If you have kids who can read, allow them the opportunity to read the verse as well. Repetition of the verse may get tiresome to adults, but is exactly what preschoolers need to memorize it!
- Finally, we are going to sing. You can begin with “Jesus Loves Me” and then have the preschoolers choose their favorite Bible songs to sing. Browse our video examples of preschool Bible songs. Some other suggestions are: “B-I-B-L-E,” “You Can’t Get to Heaven on Roller Skates,” “I’m in the Lord’s Army,” “Here I Am to Worship” and the list can go on and on. You may want to Google these songs beforehand if you don’t know the tune or don’t have access to a CD with them. When we were discussing ways to worship the Lord, we also mentioned that serving or helping others is another way to worship. This week you can practice at home by helping your mom or dad. You can help set the table for dinner or you can clean your room. At school or with a friend, you can help someone up if he or she falls down. These are just a few ways to help others. Remember that when we help others we are also worshiping the Lord.
Craft Time Ideas: There are several options for craft projects with this lesson. Simple crafts such as coloring sheets & stickers are always fun for the kids. You could also print a sheet with the Bible verse at the bottom and have the kids draw a picture of ways to worship or you can use stickers to represent ways to worship. You might also have the kids decorate a coupon book. Make a coupon for singing, helping others, reading the Bible, and praying on a sheet of paper. Copy and give to children. They can color and cut out the coupons. Help them staple them together for use throughout the week.
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