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Simple Sunday Christmas Party

This is a plan for a very simple Christmas Party the Sunday before Christmas Eve. In our church we hold a service on Christmas Eve, and we do not have a gathering on the Sunday following Christmas Eve as we encourage people to stay home, be with family and friends and neighbors.

Arranged by Teresa Klassen


1. Start by welcoming the kids (3 minutes)

2. Christmas Quiz (see PDF — we have included the answers on this one) (10-12 minutes)



Teacher says: I wonder how well you know the Christmas Story? We are going to break off into a few teams (make sure there are no more than 10 children in a team. Less is better, so have your leaders lead smaller teams). Whoever gets the most answers right in the time I give you will get the FIRST PRIZE — but everyone will get a little prize. Some treats you can have when you are ready to leave later.

  • Have everyone break off into groups with a leader in each group and then work through the Christmas Quiz (attached). Time them for about 8 minutes. If that is too short, then give them a little extra time, but not too much more!
  • Mix the kids up so there are older and younger kids in one group. Some of the questions are really easy, and some are tough.
  • Leaders — don’t help the kids…don’t give hints…if they don’t know the answer, have them make a wild guess!!

First prize: suckers you can give the winning team at the end
Second prize: everyone gets one of the wrapped candy slices

3. Tell the Christmas Story (using flashcards provided) (10-12 minutes)

You can make your own flashcards, or you can get permission from the author of the bricktestament.com and print off some of his fun lego pictures (look under New Testament, Life of Jesus…you will have to choose ones that you feel are suitable. Not all the pictures always represent the best view of our faith, but most of it is very helpful)
4. Make the Christmas Craft (10-15 minutes)

It is a little Christmas decoration they can decorate. Make sure you use the scrap paper to set the decoration on and write their name on the scrap paper, set aside on the shelf.

I wrapped blocks I found at the Dollar Store in brown paper, and hot-glued a little red ribbon loop on top and then provided lots of messy glitter and stickers and felts for the children to use to decorate these.

5. Play a fun little game to get the wiggles out (5-10 minutes)

  • This is a relay race. Divide the kids in two or three teams
  • Smear some Vaseline on the ends of their noses (I know, they will think it is gross…that’s the fun of it!)
  • Then explain that they have to stick a cotton ball (a snowball) on the end of their nose and run to the other end, take the ball off and put it in the paper bag. The first team to use up all their cotton balls, wins! (no prize for this one though). If you want to make this more difficult (if the children are older) you can tell them they can’t use their hands to get the “snowball” off!!
  • There will be some kleenex that they can wipe their noses off later

6. Now the kids can settle down and you can play the Christmas movie (35 minutes)

Provide some pop-corn twist snacks and some juice.

We used the DVD from the Read & Share DVD series; the Christmas movie. It is very well done and very accurate.


Jesus Is Loving! (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
February 14, 2010 Preschool Mark 3:1-6 Man With the Withered Hand

By Karleigh Neufeld

Little Things To Do

1. Free Time

Enjoy a little play time with the children at the front end to get to know them

2. DVD

Use the Read & Share Bible DVD series and pick one of the stories about healing

3. Bible Story Time

Use a children’s Bible to tell the story of how Jesus healed the man with the withered hand

4. Simple Music

Head and shoulders, Jesus loves me

5. Valentine to Jesus

Help the children make a valentine for Jesus, thanking him for being so loving to all people

6. Snack

7. Bible Memory

“I am the truth”

Write these words on hearts and put them on the wall. Have the children stick heart stickers on them and talk through each one “I…am…the…truth!”

8. Simple craft

Use sheets of paper with the picture of a child on it. Use gauze, bandaids to stick on them to make them feel better (do this while talking about how Jesus loves us and Jesus can also heal us!).

9. Prayer

Pray for the children

10. Colouring sheets

Provide a colouring sheet of Jesus showing love to the world

Clean up

I Love Mommy (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)


Class Scripture Theme
May 9m 2010 Preschool Proverbs 23:25 I Love Mommy

By Karleigh Neufeld

10 Little Things


These can be done in any order. You can use all of them, or a few of them depending on the attention span of the children that morning.

1. Free Time

Use this time to play with the kids and get to know them

2. Story Time

Find some good story books in the library to highlight the relationship between mother and child.

3. Activity: Game

From http://sunday-school-fun-zone,com/freelessons/mother’sday.html

Mother’s Day Activity – Rhyme with actions “Who Tucks Me In?”

4.  Song

To the tune of “B-I-N-G-O”

Do the actions for each letter – M is two arms making the shape of an M over your head, O is two hands making a circle over your head, Y is two arms outstretched beside your head

“There is a lady in our house and Mommy is her name-o



M-O-M-M-Y and mommy is her name-o

I love her, and she loves me and mommy is her name-o



M-O-M-M-Y and mommy is her name-o

I think my mom is the best and mommy is her name-o



M-O-M-M-Y and mommy is her name-o

5. Snacks

6. Bible Memory

“Teach me, O Lord, to follow your directions” Psalm 119:33

Have the kids walk the path marked with arrows made out of construction paper marked on the floor. Each arrow will be one word of the verse. Have the kids walk through the path saying each word as they go…they will need to be prompted as they can’t read or even speak that well sometimes! Just repeating it over and over is the most important. And continue this until they have lost interest.

7. Craft

Butterfly magnet clothespin


  • Clothespins
  • white coffee filters with poem printed ont he sides where the wings are going to be
  • stickers
  • felt markers


Prewrite the names of each child on the back of the clothespins. There will already be a magnet onthe back so write it somewhere under that. Have the children colour the coffee filter with markers and decorate with stickers. Place the coffee filters in the clothespins by scrunching up the middle and sliding the coffee filter through until it reaches the middle and looks like a butterfly. The poem should show on the wings…

“Butterfly, butterfly, fly to my mother. Whisper so softly how much I love her!”

8. Prayer

Pray for the children

9. Colouring pages

Print out a little colouring sheet, or use a colouring sheet that turns into a book about mommy

10. Clean up together!

Jesus Loves The Little Children (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
October 17, 2010 Preschool Jesus loves all the little children of the world

Written/Arranged by Teresa Klassen

1. Three Things We Know!

  • One, two, three (count with your fingers) Jesus loves me (on the word “love” draw a heart over your heart)
  • Look and see (turn around) Jesus made me (point to yourself with your thumbs)
  • From the beginning (stretch your hand out far to the left) to the end (stretch your hand far to the right) Jesus is my friend (give yourself a hug)

2. Bible Story

From the First Step Bible page 364

“Come Close, Little Ones”

3. DVD

Jesus Loves Children (Read ‘N Share, Volume 1, Story 12)

4. Craft

There will be a half page with three columns

Title: Three Things I Know!

  • Column 1 — One, two, three — Jesus loves me
  • Column 2 — Look and see — Jesus made me
  • Column 3: From the beginning to the end — Jesus is my friend

Children will glue a picture on each column

5. Singing

“Jesus Loves The Little Children”

Purple CD “Favorite Bible Songs” (by Wee Worship) Disc 1, song 7

6. Game

  • Have the children sit in a circle.
  • Have one child hold a heart and pass it to the child to their right and say, “Jesus loves you”
  • Do this slowly, and then do it a little faster and faster

7. Snack

  • Heart cookies
  • Remind the children that a heart reminds us about love and Jesus loves us!

8. Jesus Knows My name

  • Have a picture of Jesus on a poster with Jesus saying, “I love you”
  • Help the children write their name
  • Then put their name in Jesus’ arms

9. Jesus loves all the little children of the world!

  • Flashcards of children from around the world
  • The teacher says, “This child is from (Africa, for example). Her name is _______. Does Jesus love ______?”
  • Children say “Yes!”
  • Teacher affirms, “Yes, Jesus loves __________”

10. Bible verse

“God is love!” 1 John 4:8

Clean up together

Enjoy playing together!


1.     Bible

2.     CD with song

3.     Heart shaped cookies

4.     Craft main page with title and sub-titles

5.     Craft pictures x 3 kinds

6.     Heart for game

7.     Poster with Jesus holding out his hands

8.     Strips of paper where children can write their names (with help)

9.     Flashcards with pictures of children from around the world. On the front = picture. On the back, name of the child and country they are from

Good New! (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Age-group Scripture Theme
Oct. 3/2010 Preschool Acts 2:14-36 Good News!

Written/Arranged by Teresa Klassen

1. Free Time

Just play with the children and enjoy getting to know them

2. Kid’s Speak

Teacher asks the children: “What are some things that make you happy?”

If the children don’t know how to answer, then ask them…

  • Does it make you happy when you have to clean up a very messy room (nooooo)
  • Does it make you happy when you get to eat ice-cream (yes)
  • Does it make you happy when you have to go to bed early (nooooo)
  • Does it make you happy when you get to play outside on a sunny day (yes)
  • Does it make you happy when you are feeling sick (nooooo)
  • Does it make you happy when it is your birthday (yes)

Teacher says: Some things don’t make us very happy: this is bad news

Some things make us very happy: this is good news!

3. Good News! – Poster Activity

  • We will have a poster of Good/Happy things.
  • We will have smiley faces that say “Good News”
  • Have the children glue a Happy Face on every poster picture
  • When the put the picture on the poster have them say, “Good News!”

4. Jesus’ Good News

We will have flashcards with the following little truths from the Bible

1.     When Jesus made the world it was perfect, and we were best friends with Jesus. That is how Jesus wanted it to be!

2.     But sometimes we do things that are naughty, right? Sometimes we don’t share. Sometimes we don’t listen to our mommy’s and daddy’s, and this is wrong. This is what people do sometimes. We do things that are wrong.

3.     When we do things that are naughty, this is called sin.  When we sin it makes our hearts are all dirty and black.

4.     When our hearts are all dirty and black with sin it makes Jesus sad. Our sin pushes Jesus away. He loves us and doesn’t want our hearts to be black with sin. He wants to be our best friend.

5.     When we say sorry to Jesus He forgives us.

6.     When we say “I am sorry” to Jesus he makes our hearts clean again

7.     When Jesus says he will make our hearts clean, this is very, very good news and it makes us very, very happy!

5. Sing

Sing  “Jesus Loves Me” along with the CD/DVD

6. Good News-paper

This activity uses the Bible. There will be a “newspaper” inside the Bible.

Teacher says: Do you know how your mommy and daddy sometimes read the newspaper (show the children a newspaper). This paper is full of news about what is going on in the city where we live.

The Bible (show them a Bible) is full of news too.  It is full of very good news!

(Pull out the “Newspaper” from the Bible) Look…this news from the Bible says, “Good News” (show the children the big front headline of the paper that says “Good News”) This says, “Good News” can you say that with me?

Let’s open up our paper and see what the Good News is…

Front of the paper says: Good News

Inside Left says: Jesus loves you!

Inside Right says: Jesus loves me!

7. Craft

Make a “Good News-paper” with the children and have them practice telling it to the class.

  • We will have a big piece of paper folded in half.
  • We will have 3 other pages that you can glue onto this – one on the front, and two in the middle

Front of the paper says: Good News

Inside Left says: Jesus loves you!

Inside Right says: Jesus loves me!

8. Snack

Pray with the children before you have your snack and thank Jesus for the Good News that he forgives our sin and makes our hearts clean again!

9. Bible Memory

“Jesus is the light of the world”

  • Jesus is: point up
  • The Light: make your finger like your candle and your other hand like a flame (explain that it is a candle/light)
  • Of the world: make your arms like a big circle, like the earth

10. Clean up, Clean up

Have the children help you tidy up the room

God Gives Me Strength! (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Sept. 26/10 Preschool Story of Samson God gives me strength!

Written/Arranged by Mikaela Klassen

10 Little Things

Teachers you can do all of these things or some of these things, in any order.

1. Free Time

Play with the kids, and encourage them to play together.

2. Read the story of Samson from the children’s Bible

Explain to the kids that God can give us physical strength like Samson but he also gives us strength to do what is right!

Ask the kids:       “Is it sometimes hard to say I am sorry?”

“Is it sometimes hard to share our toys?”

“Is it sometimes hard to obey our parents?”

Tell the kids:      “God can make us strong to do what is right!”

3. Testing Our Strength

Remind the children how Samson was VERY strong then have the kids do little activities like run from one end to the other 3 times, have them do 5 push ups, carrying a book to one end to the other, how far they can throw a stuffed animal etc. to show how strong they are.

Teacher says: Now let’s see how strong God made Samson!

4. DVD

Using the Read And Share Bible DVD, Volume3, story 2 “Samson”

5. Song Time

(Sing this, or play the song on the CD or DVD provided)

“My God is so Big”

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There’s nothing my God cannot do

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There’s nothing my God cannot do.

The Mountains are his, the valleys are his, the stars are his handiwork too

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty

There’s nothing my God cannot do

6. Bible Verse

“Jesus asks me to be fair”

Jesus-point to the sky

Asks-make a motion with your hand from your mouth

Me-point to yourself

To Be-make wings with your arms and buzz like a bee

Fair-hold to hand up, palms facing the sky and tilt back and fourth like a scale

7. Snack!

Get a couple of kids to help hand it out. Have someone pray over the snack.

8. Craft Time!

Glue the strong boy that says “God makes me strong” onto a colored piece of paper. Get the kids to color it.

9. Pray

Pray with the kids to

– Let God give them his strength

– To have the strength to listen to what God says

– To have the strength to follow what God asks them to do

10. Play/Small Group Time

Play with the kids until their parents come. Talk to the kids that want to talk, ask them about what they have learned and how God’s strength can help them.

Clean up

When it comes time to clean up, ask “Who is strong enough to put this away”…

The Welcome Mat (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons For Children)

Date Class Theme/Title
Oct. 24 Preschool Class The Welcome mat

Written/Arranged by Mikaela Klassen

10 Little Things

(Teachers you can do these in any order and do all 10 or just choose the ones that work, depending on the attention level of the preschoolers)

1. Three Things We Know!

  • One, two, three (count with your fingers) Jesus loves me (on the word “love” draw a heart over your heart)
  • Look and see (turn around) Jesus made me (point to yourself with your thumbs)
  • From the beginning (stretch your hand out far to the left) to the end (stretch your hand far to the right) Jesus is my friend (give yourself a hug)

2. Bible Story

There is no specific bible story, but you can talk to the kids about how God welcomes everyone no matter who they are and what they look like!! Talk about how God welcomed people even when everyone else didn’t. You could ask the kids if they know anyone they could welcome (or in simpler words “say hi to”)

3. Welcoming Everyone Activity

There will be flash cards with different types of people on them (someone who is sick, someone who is sad, someone who is angry, someone who is little, and someone who is old….etc.)

Show the kids a flash card, describe it to them, and ask them if God loves them and welcomes them to come to Him! Do this with all the flash cards.  Talk about how we also welcome people, and at church as well, everyone is welcome!

4. Take two steps forward Activity

Have the kids stand at one end of the room, and the teacher at the other end. Say the phrases below and ask the kids if it is welcoming or not. Get the kids to put up their hand if their answer is yes. If they say the right answer they can take two steps forward. Who ever gets to you first wins!

– “Hi, my name is….”(is this welcoming? yes)

– “Come over here”(is this welcoming? yes)

– “Go Away!”(no)

– “Come sit with me”(yes)

– “I don’t like you”(no)

– “You smell”(no)

– “What’s your name”(yes)

– “I’ll share with you”(yes)

– “You look funny”(no)

– “Come to church with me”(yes)

5. Songs

Sing “Jesus loves me” and “My God is so big.”

6. Bible Verse

“God is Love” 1 John 4:8

Do actions with the kids

God is (point to the sky)

Love (put your hand on your heart)

Try your best to get them to memorize 1 John 4:8, but the main focus is “God is Love”

Once you feel they are ready, have them say it BY THEMSELVES. Tell them who ever can say it by themselves will get to go eat snack first!

7. Snack

(Whatever was planned for snack that day)

8. Craft

Welcome Mats- There will be one piece of paper for each of the kids; the front side will be like a mat, and it will say “Welcome” and the other side will say “I Welcome” at the top. There will be pictures of people that they can stick on to the back (a person in a wheel chair, a sick person, a sad person, an angry person, and a person from a different country) Let the kids stick them on, and then they can color the back and the front.

9. Pray

Sit in a circle holding hands, and pray with the kids. Make sure that you ask if any of the kids want to pray. When you pray make sure to pray that they will always welcome everyone, because God welcomes us.

10. Clean up together

Play with the kids and clean up!


(Use this if the SunLand Intern is piecing your lesson together)

Item Amount Needed Instructions
Activity #3 Flash Cards 8 different flash cards. Have pieces of paper each with one kind of person on it:

-a sick person

-a sad person

-a person in a wheel chair

-an angry person

-a person from a different country

-an old person

-a young person

Make it look very clear what they are.

Activity #7 Snack

8 Peanut Free snack provided
Activity #8 Craft (Welcome mats)

8 mats

8 of each individual person

Each kid gets one piece of paper. On one side it looks like a welcome mat that says “Welcome”, make sure it can be colored(an example of a mat is at the link below), and on the other side it says “I Welcome” at the top. Then make 5 people that they can stick onto the back of their mat

1. a person in a wheel chair

2. a sick person

3. a person from a different country

4. a mean person

5. a sad person

Make sure that these people are separate so that the kids can stick each of them individually onto their mat, also make sure that the people are able to be colored.

Example of a welcome mat: http://www.clipartguide.com/_named_clipart_images/0511-0809-2219-3131_Welcome_Mat_Clip_Art_clipart_image.jpg