How to Celebrate the Reformation in Your Sunday School

As we prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, many congregations plan to host observations of this milestone. Is your congregation ready? Concordia Publishing House released a special resource to help congregations with their Reformation anniversary celebrations. Reformation Walk immerses participants in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Reformation era. Participants … Continue Reading

Five Ways to Respond to the Question, Why Do Bad Things Happen?

“Why do bad things happen?” It’s a common question. In fact, I’d say it’s probably the most common and difficult question each one of us human beings face each day. We all go about our business, living each day just like the last. Then BAM. There’s a tragedy or a disaster. Someone loses a job, … Continue Reading

I Didn’t Know Our Sunday School Had . . . Bulletin Notes and Planning Pages

So if you’re reading this, you’re probably online. Great! Because some of our greatest Sunday School features can be found online. If you can click a button, you’re all set. At the bottom of this post, I’ll share with you a link that we like to call “Sunday School Tools.” Which tools will I show … Continue Reading

The Back-Up Box . . . or Bag

Didn’t our mothers all teach us that we always need a back-up plan? “If the car breaks down, what’s your back-up plan?” “If you don’t get accepted to your dream college, what’s your back-up plan?” “If that job doesn’t pan out, what’s your back-up plan?” Once I became a real grown-up with a classroom and … Continue Reading

Summer Shake-Up

As the school year draws to a close and summer begins, it’s time to consider shaking up your usual approach to Sunday School during these busy summer months. Summer Sunday School is a challenge for most congregations. Vacations and other changes in attendance patterns, often mean fewer students and even fewer available volunteers. Sadly, the … Continue Reading

Teacher Spotlight: Katie Reinitz

Below, Katie Reinitz, a veteran leader of Sunday School, shares some of the joys she’s experienced and the challenges she’s faced over the years. How long have you been a Sunday School teacher? I have been a Sunday School teacher for almost 40 years. I lived in Missouri when I first started teaching. I taught preschool, … Continue Reading

What Is Holy Week? What Is Easter?

Did you see our earlier post containing the “What is Lent?” video? Today we share two more powerful videos to teach the traditions and significance of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. These videos are great resources for your classroom, church, and home. Use them as discussion starters in a Bible study or … Continue Reading

What Are We Going to Do about Summer Sunday School THIS year?

Sunday School IS very important. But come summer, at churches large and small, faithful superintendents and directors face two major problems: Student attendance drops dramatically. It starts as soon as school gets out, and by mid-summer, attendance may only be 10 percent of the normal level. Consistent teachers are hard to find! Students need consistency … Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why “The Sunday School Answer” Is Still the Best

What is the “Sunday School Answer”? There’s an old joke that the correct answer to any question asked by a Sunday School teacher is Jesus. Who loves you? Jesus! Why does this story matter? Jesus! Who drove you to church this morning? Well, maybe not that one. Among many of us, it’s an old trope. … Continue Reading

Journey with Jesus: Lenten Puzzle

Hey, Sunday School teachers! Use this fun puzzle, found in the link below, with your elementary and middle school students to help reinforce the journey Jesus took from the Garden of Gethsemane to the cross during Lent. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate the puzzle into your Sunday School lesson. Make it a … Continue Reading