Prayer (Grades K-3) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Topic
Sept. 19/2010 K-3 Acts 1:12-26 Prayer

Written/Arranged by Sherry Jackson

STATION 1 – GETTING TO KNOW YOU (10 minutes)

Have 2 children stand at the front and have a conversation about what they want to be when they grow up.

Then have 2 more at the front and have a conversation about what they are going to do after church.

Then 2 more about people they don’t get to see often and miss  (ie. grandparents or friends who have moved away)

TEACHER:    We had time to talk to friends about what we want to be when we grow

up and what we are going to do after church and about family and friends we miss, today we are going to learn how to talk to God about our dreams wants and things that make us sad.

STATION 2 – THE BIBLE (5-7 minutes)

TEACHER:            We were reading in the Book of ACTS last week and we are going to continue reading there today.  The book of ACTS tells us what Jesus wants us to do.  Today we are going to learn that Jesus wants us to pray before everything we do.

READ:                        ACTS  1 : 12-26

TEACHER:            Did you notice in that verse how it said that all the friends were together and they prayed CONSTANTLY?  Constantly means “a lot!!!”

What do you think prayer is? Let kids give some ideas

TEACHER                Praying is what you did earlier; it is having a conversation but with

God instead of your friends.

You can’t see him but you can talk to him anytime you want to.  Your friends you can only talk to when you see them or call them on the phone but God is always right there waiting for us to talk to Him.


STATION 3  – ACTIVITY (10 minutes)

I will supply a big picture of a clock on the wall

TEACHER:            Ask the kids what things they can pray for  (ie. having a good day, help studying for a spelling test or being angry because a friend hurt them.)

Write these on a piece of paper and tape it to different times  on the clock to show the kids they can pray anytime of the day and God will listen.

STATION 4 – SKIT  (5 minutes)

TEACHER:            Now we are going to see a little drama about prayer

Teacher, have 3 volunteers  WHO CAN READ help you. If you are short of readers, then have the adults do the skit.

3 kids at the park 2 playing 1 sitting still at the edge praying

2 kids walk up to the 3rd kid and start asking

kid 1 –WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

kid 3 –I AM PRAYING

kid 2 –WHY

kid 3 –BECAUSE MY GRANDPA FELL AND BROKE HIS HIP. HE IS IN

THE HOSPITAL AND I WANT HIM TO GET WELL SOON

kid 1 –WHAT IS PRAYING GOING TO DO?

kid 3 –PRAYING IS GOING TO LET GOD KNOW THAT I AM ASKING

FOR HIS HELP AND I KNOW GOD LISTENS TO OUR PRAYERS

kid 2 –DON’T YOU HAVE TO BE IN CHURCH TO PRAY?

kid 3 — NO YOU CAN PRAY ANYWHERE.  WE PRAY IN THE CAR ON

THE WAY TO SCHOOL THAT GOD IS WITH US AND WE HAVE A

GOOD DAY.

2 WEEKS LATER

kid 2 –walks up to kid 3 –HEY HOW DID THOSE PRAYERS WORK FOR

YOU?

kid 3 –GREAT MY GRANDPA IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL BUT HE IS

STARTING TO WALK AROUND WITH SOME HELP AND WILL GET TO GO HOME SOON.  WHY?

kid 2 –BECAUSE I AM HAVING SOME TROUBLE IN SCHOOL AND I

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PRAY…THIS BOY IS BEING A BULLY

AND I WANT HIM TO STOP.

kid 3– I CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO PRAY ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS

TALK TO GOD

kid 2 — BUT HOW? WHAT DO I SAY? HOW DO I START? WILL HE

LISTEN?

kid 3 — JUST TALK LIKE YOU WERE TALKING TO ME.  GOD IS THE

BEST FRIEND YOU CAN HAVE HE ALWAYS LISTENS.

kid 2 — OK I WILL TRY …….DEAR GOD I NEED YOUR HELP I WANT

THIS BOY TO STOP HURTING ME THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

AMEN

kid 3 — THAT WAS PERFECT NOW LETS GO PLAY– GOD KEEP US

SAFE WHILE WE PLAY AND BE WITH US IN OUR NEW

FRIENDSHIP.  PLEASE HELP US TO HAVE FUN AND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO OUR PRAYERS.  AMEN

STATION 5 – SMALL GROUPS (10 minutes)

PART A

We are going to learn some simple prayers. Break into smaller groups and teach by saying and repeating one or both of these prayers

SMALL GORUP LEADER:            Some prayers are prayers that people have written like

this one…

A)             NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP

I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP

IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE

I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO TAKE

GOD BLESS FAMILY AND FRIENDS

AMEN

SMALL GROUP LEADER: And this prayer is a prayer that Jesus taught His friends

B)             OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN

MAY YOUR HOLY NAME BE HONOURED

MAY YOUR KINGDOM COME MAY YOUR WILL BE DONE

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

GIVE US TODAY THE FOOD WE NEED

AND FORGIVE US THE WRONGS THAT WE HAVE DONE

AS WE FORGIVE THE WRONGS THAT OTHERS HAVE DONE TO US

DO NOT BRING US TO HARD TESTING

BUT KEEP US SAFE FROM THE EVIL ONE

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM POWER AND GLORY

FOREVER AND EVER

AMEN

NOW….discuss what you could pray if

–your best friend was moving away

–someone you know is in the hospital

–you just had your birthday party and you want to thank God for all

your friends and presents

STATION 6

TEACHER : God asks us to pray before everything we do this includes eating.  We sometimes call it grace but it is praying and thanking God for the food He has provided.  So before we have a snack we need to thank God for this food.

–            then bless the food before offering the kids a bag of cheerios

CLOSE  teacher closes in prayer

FREE TIME, PLAY IN THE ROOM

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