Teens and pre-teens are often plagued with stress and face peer pressure every day. Sunday school can instill these kids with morals, values and gospel principles that can help them cope with life's problems. Sunday school is an ideal place for scripture study and wholesome activities. Make your Sunday-school lessons interesting and engaging to the kids you teach, and use class time and activities to learn scriptures and serve others.
Ask your minister, local charity groups, friends and neighbors if they know of people in your area in need of help. Teach your class about serving others, using Bible scriptures such as Matthew 25:40; "....Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Complete a service project such as raking leaves for an elderly couple, cooking a meal for a new mom or gathering food and used clothing for the homeless.
Choose several simple scripture passages. Include new scriptures and ones the class has already memorized. List the scriptures on the chalkboard or give each student a printed list. Have each student open his Bible to each scripture, read it aloud and mark it in his own scriptures with red pencil. Give the students time to memorize the scriptures and scripture references. When the students feel comfortable, have a race. Choose one scripture and say it aloud to the class. The students will race to see who can find it in the Bible first. The student who finds it gets a point; reciting the scripture from memory earns an extra point. Reward the winners with prizes. Repeat this activity as often as you like, using more scriptures each time you play.
Create a list of questions from your weekly Bible study, and bring two different-colored magnets to be used as pawns. Divide the students into two teams and draw a simple baseball diamond on the chalkboard. Choose a team to go first. Each person on the team will "step up to bat" and answer one question. Other team members may not help answer. If he answers the question correctly, the team's pawn will move to first base. If not, the team gets an out. After three outs, it is the other team's turn. Score a point each time the pawn gets back to the home plate and allow as many innings as you wish.
Life's Obstacles Game
Create an obstacle course in the classroom with chairs, tables, a hula hoop, a jump rope and other items; include stations for physical exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups or jumping jacks. Explain what each person must do and ask the students to navigate the obstacle course. When they are finished, ask the kids to team up in pairs. One member of each team must carry the other through the obstacle course and complete the same activities. When they are finished, ask the students how it felt to carry their partners through the course, why they think God gives us obstacles and why it's easier to do things without obstacles. Explain that, even though it was difficult, if you were to complete the course every day while carrying someone on your back you would become stronger and the course would become easier. Teach the class that trials in their lives make them stronger people.
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