Remote Sunday School
Sunday School during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
For each week that the church building is closed, we will upload the resources for a Sunday School lesson that you can do at home! There will be craft ideas, videos and other things for the children to do. The most recent lessons will be at the top of the page.
Feel free to post any videos of your children doing one of the activities so we can share with each other. ☺️ You can do this via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SheffieldChurchOfTheNazarene
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Sunday 28 June 2020
✝️ Theme: Fruits of the Spirit
Today our fruit of the Spirit is PATIENCE.
During the past months we have needed a lot of this and as time goes on we may need help for more of it! We need to ask God to help us and then encourage our children to do the same. It’s not easy but with His help we can feel supported.
📖 Bible Reading
“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”1 Timothy 1 v 16
We need patience to wait for things to grow. You could make a tree to remind you to have patience?
We also need to ask for patience as we wait for God to answer our prayers. He answers in His time and that can be difficult for us. Maybe make this prayer poster to see how many prayers get answered!
Sunday 14 June 2020
✝️ Theme: Fruits of the Spirit
This week’s fruit of the spirit is JOY!
And our verse is all about praising God and making a joyful noise! So the activity is to make a musical instrument out of anything you can find at home, and then join in with the two songs and make a joyful noise of praise (sorry parents 😂) 🎶
📖 Bible Reading
“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Burst into songs and praise. Make music to the Lord with harps, with harps and the sound of singing. Blow the trumpets and the sheep’s horns. Shout for joy to the Lord the King. Let the sea and everything in it shout. Let the world and everyone on it sing. Let the rivers clap their hands. Let the mountains sing together for joy. Let them sing before the Lord because he is coming to judge the world. He will judge the world fairly. He will judge the nations with fairness.”Psalm 98 v 4-9 (International Children’s Bible)
Make an instrument out of things you can find at home, anything that will rattle, bang, click or clap, and make a joyful noise to the Lord as you listen to the songs!
Sunday 7 June 2020
✝️ Theme: Fruits of the Spirit
In the coming weeks our Sunday School will be looking at the Fruits of the Spirit. This is a list of qualities in the bible that we should try to show in our lives. The first one is LOVE and the commandment Jesus said was the most important commandment! Firstly we are to love God with our whole being then we are to love our neighbour. The story today is a parable told by Jesus, he explains to the leaders that EVERYONE is invited into the kingdom of heaven and God’s family.
📖 Bible Reading
Jesus answered, “The most important command is this: ‘Listen, people of Israel! The Lord our God, he is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God. Love him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second most important command is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ These two commands are the most important commands.”Mark 12 v 29-31 (International Children’s Bible)
The Parable of the Great Banquet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80UhWO_wjHY&feature=share
Love Your Neighbour: https://youtu.be/aLv3V6dzGaU
Love Your Neighbour (dance): https://youtu.be/xiMF7r73Jao
Can you make hearts with all the people you love written on them? You could make them into a garland or stick them around the Bible verse (see pictures).
Sunday 31 May 2020
✝️ Theme: Pentecost
Pentecost, which is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday, commemorates the Holy Spirit coming to the Apostles and other followers of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us that comes through Jesus, a piece of Him that we can carry with us in our hearts.
📖 Bible Reading
THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
“When the day of Pentecost came, they [the disciples] were all together in one place. Suddenly a noise came from heaven. It sounded like a strong wind blowing. This noise filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something that looked like flames of fire. The flames were separated and stood over each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages. The Holy Spirit was giving them the power to speak these languages. There were some religious Jews staying in Jerusalem who were from every country in the world. When they heard this noise, a crowd came together. They were all surprised, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were completely amazed at this. They said, “Look! Aren’t all these men that we hear speaking from Galilee? But each of us hears them in his own language. How is this possible? We are from different places. But we hear these men telling in our own languages about the great things God has done!” They were all amazed and confused. They asked each other, “What does this mean?””Acts 2 v 1-12 (International Children’s Bible)
PETER SPEAKS TO THE PEOPLE
Acts 2 v 38-42 (International Children’s Bible)
“Peter said to them, “Change your hearts and lives and be baptised, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you. It is also for your children and for all who are far away. It is for everyone the Lord our God calls to himself.” Peter warned them with many other words. He begged them, “Save yourselves from the evil of today’s people!” Then those people who accepted what Peter said were baptised. About 3,000 people were added to the number of believers that day. They spent their time learning the apostles’ teaching. And they continued to share, to break bread, and to pray together.”
GOD SENDS THE HOLY SPIRIT
- How could you share God’s love with others? Could you make something to send to someone? After lockdown, you could invite someone for dinner or donate to the food bank.
- See pictures below for craft and puzzle activities.
BLOWING WIND AND TONGUES OF FLAME:
HOLY SPIRIT TO THE RESCUE!
Sunday 24 May 2020
✝️ Theme: Ascension
This week we are looking at Ascension – when Jesus returned to heaven after his death.
📖 Bible Reading
Jesus is taken up into heaven
The apostles were all together. They asked Jesus, “Lord, are you at this time going to give the kingdom back to Israel?” Jesus said to them, “The Father is the only One who has the authority to decide dates and times. These things are not for you to know. But the Holy Spirit will come to you. Then you will receive power. You will be my witnesses—in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.”
After he said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up. A cloud hid him from their sight. As he was going, they were looking into the sky. Suddenly, two men wearing white clothes stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking into the sky? You saw Jesus taken away from you into heaven. He will come back in the same way you saw him go.”Acts 1 v 6-11 (International Children’s Bible)
See the images below for activity ideas …
Can you learn the dance moves for this song? https://youtu.be/Dx6RWOuF1M8
Sunday 17 May 2020
✝️ Theme: The Great Commission
The Great Commission is the instruction of the resurrected Jesus to his disciples to spread the gospel to all the nations of the world. The most famous version of the Great Commission is in Matthew 28 v 16-20, where on a mountain in Galilee Jesus calls on his followers to make disciples of and baptise all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus asks us to tell others about him.
📖 Bible Reading
The 11 followers went to Galilee. They went to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. On the mountain they saw Jesus and worshiped him. But some of them did not believe that it was really Jesus. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All power in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have told you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of the world.Matthew 28 v 16-20 (International Children’s Bible)
🎬 Video: Jesus’ Great Commission
Here are some links to some new songs we’ve not sung in Sunday School before. They fit into this week’s theme perfectly. Check them out!
See the pictures below for a crossword, word search, and some craft ideas…
Sunday 10 May 2020
✝️ Theme: Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
📖 Bible Reading
Later, Jesus showed himself to his followers by Lake Galilee. This is how it happened: Some of the followers were together. They were Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the two sons of Zebedee, and two other followers.
Simon Peter said, “I am going out to fish.” The other followers said, “We will go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat. They fished that night but caught nothing. Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore. But the followers did not know that it was Jesus. Then he said to them, “Friends, have you caught any fish?” They answered, “No.” He said, “Throw your net into the water on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they did this. They caught so many fish that they could not pull the net back into the boat.
The follower whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Peter heard him say this, he wrapped his coat around himself. (Peter had taken his clothes off.) Then he jumped into the water. The other followers went to shore in the boat, dragging the net full of fish. They were not very far from shore, only about 100 yards.
When the followers stepped out of the boat and onto the shore, they saw a fire of hot coals. There were fish on the fire, and there was bread. Then Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish that you caught.” Simon Peter went into the boat and pulled the net to the shore. It was full of big fish. There were 153. Even though there were so many, the net did not tear. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat.” None of the followers dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them. He also gave them the fish.
This was now the third time Jesus showed himself to his followers after he was raised from death.John 21 v 1-14 (International Children’s Bible)
Sunday 3 May 2020
✝️ Theme: Jesus appears to doubting Thomas
This week we’re looking at doubting Thomas. He was one of Jesus’ disciples who didn’t believe Jesus had risen from the dead until he saw him for himself. Sometimes it’s hard to believe in a God we cannot see, but that’s what having faith is all about.
📖 Bible Reading
Jesus Appears to Thomas
Thomas (called Didymus) was not with the followers when Jesus came. Thomas was 1 of the 12. The other followers told Thomas, “We saw the Lord.” But Thomas said, “I will not believe it until I see the nail marks in his hands. And I will not believe until I put my finger where the nails were and put my hand into his side.”
A week later the followers were in the house again. Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came in and stood among them. He said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here. Look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you see me. Those who believe without seeing me will be truly happy.”John 20 v 24-29 (International Children’s Bible)
See the pictures below for some colouring sheets and craft activities.
Sunday 26 April 2020
📖 Bible Reading
On the Road to Emmaus
“That same day (as he’d appeared to Mary) two of Jesus’ followers were going to a town named Emmaus. It is about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking about everything that had happened. While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself came near and began walking with them. (They were not allowed to recognize Jesus.) Then he said, “What are these things you are talking about while you walk?” The two followers stopped. Their faces were very sad. The one named Cleopas answered, “You must be the only one in Jerusalem who does not know what just happened there.” Jesus said to them, “What are you talking about?” The followers said, “It is about Jesus of Nazareth. He was a prophet from God to all the people. He said and did many powerful things. Our leaders and the leading priests gave him up to be judged and killed. They nailed him to a cross. But we were hoping that he would free the Jews. It is now the third day since this happened. And today some women among us told us some amazing things. Early this morning they went to the tomb, but they did not find his body there. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels. The angels said that Jesus was alive! So some of our group went to the tomb, too. They found it just as the women said, but they did not see Jesus.” Then Jesus said to them, “You are foolish and slow to realize what is true. You should believe everything the prophets said. They said that the Christ must suffer these things before he enters his glory.” Then Jesus began to explain everything that had been written about himself in the Scriptures. He started with Moses, and then he talked about what all the prophets had said about him. They came near the town of Emmaus, and Jesus acted as if he did not plan to stop there. But they begged him, “Stay with us. It is late; it is almost night.” So he went in to stay with them. Jesus sat down with them and took some bread. He gave thanks for the food and divided it. Then he gave it to them. And then, they were allowed to recognize Jesus. But when they saw who he was, he disappeared. They said to each other, “When Jesus talked to us on the road, it felt like a fire burning in us. It was exciting when he explained the true meaning of the Scriptures.” So the two followers got up at once and went back to Jerusalem. There they found the 11 apostles and others gathered. They were saying, “The Lord really has risen from death! He showed himself to Simon.” Then the two followers told what had happened on the road. They talked about how they recognized Jesus when he divided the bread.”Luke 24:13-35 (International Children’s Bible)
You could have a try at some of these art activities…
Sunday 19 April 2020
One of the first people Jesus appeared to after his resurrection was Mary Magdalene. She was a committed follower and friend of Jesus. She witnessed important events (Jesus’ death on the cross, discovered the empty tomb), and displayed her love for Jesus by staying near him even though many others had abandoned him, and she risked her own life by being associated with him. After Jesus returned to heaven, she used her experiences to share the gospel and serve others.
📖 Bible Verse
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
“Then the followers went back home. But Mary stood outside the tomb, crying. While she was still crying, she bent down and looked inside the tomb. She saw two angels dressed in white. They were sitting where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and one at the feet. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” She answered, “They have taken away my Lord. I don’t know where they have put him.” When Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Whom are you looking for?” Mary thought he was the gardener. So she said to him, “Did you take him away, sir? Tell me where you put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” Mary turned toward Jesus and said in the Jewish language, “Rabboni.” (This means Teacher.) Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold me. I have not yet gone up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them this: ‘I am going back to my Father and your Father. I am going back to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and said to the followers, “I saw the Lord!” And she told them what Jesus had said to her.”John 20:10-18 (International Children’s Bible)
We can serve others (particularly at this difficult time of isolation) and do things to share God’s love. You could:
- Put a sign in your window to encourage people and make them smile
- Clap on your doorstep on a Thursday evening for those who are caring for people
- Draw a picture / write a card for someone you love and post it to them, to let them know you are thinking of them
Sunday 12 April 2020: Easter Sunday
✝️✝️ Happy Easter! 🎉🎉
Today is a celebration! Jesus came back to life, he did this to show that death isn’t the end we have a hope after that!
Please find below a bible reading, short video and some activities – feel free to take part in some or all of them. Any photos or videos of the children taking part would be lovely!
📖 Bible Reading
“Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. It was still dark. Mary saw that the large stone had been moved away from the tomb. So Mary ran to Simon Peter and the other follower (the one Jesus loved). Mary said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb. We don’t know where they have put him.” So Peter and the other follower started for the tomb. They were both running, but the other follower ran faster than Peter. So the other follower reached the tomb first. He bent down and looked in. He saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, but he did not go in. Then following him came Simon Peter. He went into the tomb and saw the strips of linen lying there. He also saw the cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up and laid in a different place from the strips of linen. Then the other follower, who had reached the tomb first, also went in. He saw and believed.”John 20:1-8 (International Children’s Bible)
🎬 Video Clip
You could get crafty and make a cross picture to place in your window, or make a small garden where Jesus left the tomb.
Sunday 5 April 2020: Palm Sunday
Good Morning everyone! Today Lina has prepared a lesson about Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter, commemorating Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Here’s a link to Hosanna Rock, a great Palm Sunday song. Sing along! 🤩
✝️ Bible Reading: Jesus Enters Jerusalem
“The next day a great crowd in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was coming there. These were the people who had come to the Passover Feast. They took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus. They shouted,
“Praise God! God bless the One who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the King of Israel!” Psalm 118:25-26
Jesus found a colt and sat on it. This was as the Scripture says,
“Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem! Your king is coming. He is sitting on the colt of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9
The followers of Jesus did not understand this at first. But after Jesus was raised to glory, they remembered that this had been written about him. And they remembered that they had done these things to him.”John 12:12-16 (International Children’s Bible)
Here’s the link to the video…
Lina has added some craft/snack ideas below for the children to make and eat! We hope you enjoy! We would love some pictures/videos of you sharing the yummy snacks! 😊
Sunday 29 March 2020: Make a joyful noise!
We’re so disappointed not to be meeting in Sunday School today. Here is an outline of what we were going to be doing. Feel free to share with your children at home.
The last Psalm (and the last in our series) is Psalms 150:
📔 Psalms 150:1-6
1. Praise the Lord! Praise God in his Temple. Praise him in his mighty heaven.International Children’s Bible
2. Praise him for his strength. Praise him for his greatness.
3. Praise him with trumpet blasts. Praise him with harps and lyres.
4. Praise him with tambourines and dancing. Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes.
5. Praise him with loud cymbals. Praise him with crashing cymbals.
6. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
🎬 Here’s a video about praising God: https://youtu.be/nGLXMy5lnzM
We were going to have a musical workshop where we played instruments and sang to praise God. But instead:
Can the children be creative at home? Some ideas:
– write your own song / rap / poem 🎧
– play an instrument, either a real one or one you’ve made yourself (a shaker or drum) 🥁
– find one of your favourite church songs online and sing along 🎤
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