One of my favourite ways to teach Bible stories in Sunday school is with object lessons. They are a great way to capture everyone’s attention - plus they are fun! What better way to make a lesson come to life and help our kids see the big idea in God’s Word. Object lessons can be an amazing teaching tool that help a lesson stick.
I recently asked one of our Sunday school teachers some questions about her planning and the use of object lessons in Children’s ministry. Pat Webb has been teaching Sunday school for thirty-nine years and here are some things I found out.
“…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
What she enjoys about working in Children’s Ministry:
I’ve always enjoyed working with children and their honest questions and creative minds. My favourite part is when their faces light up with wonder when they start to realize how amazing God really is.
Why she likes object lessons:
Object lessons are a fun and exciting way to bring a Bible story to life or make a Bible truth understandable to children in a modern world.
Favourite object lesson so far:
I had the kids write their sins on pieces of flash paper, that looks like white tissue paper, and put them in a foil plate on double tin foil paper. When they were done, I lit the paper and it disappeared in a puff of flame. There was no ash or burn marks on the plate. It was a definitive way to show how completely God forgives our sins. The kids were amazed and thoughtful afterwards.
A funny teaching moment:
In order to demonstrate Jesus' power in a fun way, I once used a cardboard dummy that sat up when Jesus healed him. The kids named him ‘Clive’. They were startled when he ‘rose up’ but through the example they began to understand what mourners must have felt when their loved one sat up.
It was great getting to learn a little more about Pat, her experience over the years, and ultimately her heart for pointing our kids to Jesus. Overall, it’s fun to see how our entire team of teachers bring a collection of different gifts and teaching skills to our children’s ministry. We appreciate the thought and energy that they bring every week to make our Bible teachings creative and meaningful.
Tanya Chant, Director of Family & Children's Ministry
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