5 Children’s Church Lessons for Parents to Use at Home During Lent

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During this season while church gatherings are postponed, children’s ministry leaders and parents wonder what to do with the kids on Sunday morning. What about their children’s Bible lessons? How will they keep learning?

We don’t know how long this season will last, but we do know that our children’s Christian education matters—whether we gather or not.

So what’s a parent to do? We’ve collected easy children’s lessons and Bible worksheets for you to do at home with your kids. These topics and Scriptures are perfectly lined up with the lectionary that many churches use. If your church doesn’t use the lectionary, that’s okay. These children’s sermons are good for every church or parent to use leading up to and after Easter.

5 Children’s Church Lessons for Parents to Use at Home

These children’s Bible lessons are easy. Kids will love them! And your kids’ Christian education does not have to be put on hold. Simply lead your kids in the children’s sermon each week. Then print out the worksheets and coloring pages for them to enjoy.

March 22: Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

  • Theme: Jesus weeps with His children.
  • Scripture: John 11:1-45
  • Memory Verse: “Jesus wept.” John 11:35

Your children will see a little bottle that represents how God cares when we cry and when we’re sad. They will learn that God keeps all our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). Kids will learn that Jesus cried when He saw all the people who were sad about Lazarus dying. And then Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead!

March 29: Palm Sunday: The King Is Coming

  • Theme: Palm Sunday
  • Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11
  • Memory Verse: “The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ ” Matthew 21:9 (NIV)

Your kids will imagine what it would be like if the president came to town. How would they cheer? They will think about things they do today at a parade to celebrate important people. Then they will experience what people did when Jesus came to town on Palm Sunday.

April 5: An Easter Surprise

  • Theme: The Resurrection of Christ
  • Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10
  • Memory Verse: “But He is not here. He has risen from death as He said He would. Come and see the place where His body was.” Matthew 28:6 (ICB)

Your kids will find a little surprise inside of a cookie. And they’ll learn that when Mary Magdalene and Mary went to the tomb on Easter morning, they were very surprised. Jesus was no longer there! He had risen from the dead! (You can even have fun with your kids making these cookies—recipe included.)

April 12: Doubting Thomas Believes

  • Theme: Jesus has risen from the dead.
  • Scripture: John 20:19-31
  • Memory Verse: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 (NIV)

Kids will hear some wild stories about almost unbelievable things that have happened. Like a weenie over 3,000 feet long!? They will also hear about how Thomas would not believe that Jesus was alive until he saw it for himself. They’ll learn that seeing isn’t always believing in a fun way.

April 19: The Road to Emmaus

  • Theme: Jesus reveals himself to His followers.
  • Scripture: Luke 24:13-35
  • Memory Verse: “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.” Luke 24:30-31 (NIV)

You will blindfold your kids and have them guess who is talking. Your kids will see that it’s not always easy to know. Your kids will learn that two disciples did not recognize Jesus when they met Him on the road to Emmaus. And your kids will learn that Jesus wants us to know Him.

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Christine Yount Jones
Christine Yount Jones is Content Director for Outreach Media Group. She has published several books and hundreds of articles about ministry in the last three decades. Before his death in 2003, Michael Yount and Christine had three children. Now, she and her husband, Ray Jones, together have five grown kids.