If you grew up in the US, especially if you were raised in the southeast, you attended Sunday School. Depending on the church you attended, you may also have heard special children's sermons. All this is generally referred to as “Children’s Church” and it is usually overseen by a children’s minister at most churches. The trend in modern Christianity is for churches to have programs and staff specifically for the young people in the congregation. They are usually divided into the nursery for the ones under 4 years old, children’s church for those aged 5 to 5th grade, and youth programs for those in the 6th to 12th grades. One of the primary responsibilities of the children’s minister is to prepare children’s sermons for the service each week.

Benefits of Services for Children

History of Worship

In the Christian church over the last 50 years, it become more and more common for children to have a separate worship service on Sunday mornings from the adults. For most of Christian history, families went to church together and sat in the same service together. However, in the late 1700’s, English churches started offering Sunday School to educate illiterate children who worked during the week and could not attend school. These programs grew into what we now call Children’s Church.

How Has Worship Changed?

Until recently, these have been seen as positive programs for both parents and children. In the beginning, Sunday School gave children a much-needed education. Most of the poor children who attended Sunday School would not have learned to read were it not for their church. Over time, as the scope and purpose of these classes changed, the concept of Children’s Church was introduced. Now, modern churches typically offer morning worship services, Sunday School classes, and worship services with children's sermons specifically for children and youth.

Is Separate Worship Beneficial?

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There is a lot of debate over whether this division of worship is the best thing for families. Those who are in favor of children's sermons argue that each age group needs to focus on discipleship and worship at an age-appropriate level. Proponents for this type of Sunday morning schedule believe each group is better served separately, and that there are other opportunities available for families to worship together, such as special holidays.

There are good arguments on both sides of the issue. However, there are some definite benefits to Sunday morning programs for children. Some of those benefits include:

  • Higher self-esteem
  • Lower anxiety
  • Less likely to lie, cheat, or steal
  • Lowered risk of suicide
  • Less risk of promiscuity and drug use
  • Children have a greater sense of purpose

Tips For Delivering Children’s Sermons

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Once you’ve decided to have a children’s program at your church, you’ll need to come up with a format and content that draws in and keeps children interested. Delivering a children's sermon is different than delivering one to adults. Here are some tips for delivering children’s sermons:
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Lead With Fun

Before you present spiritual material, do something that gets the attention of the children. This can be a fun activity or game. Pick something that relates to the lesson and gets them moving. Then, proceed with your children's sermon.
2

Keep It Simple

Young children are not ready to fully grasp concepts like redemption, salvation, justice, or predestination. This is why young children shouldn’t be pressed to be “saved.” Keep the messages simple, yet meaningful.
3

Tell A Story

Children thrive on narrative. They learn a lot by watching characters in a story make decisions for good or bad and face consequences. Children will apply things they see a fictional character go through to themselves. This is the basis for all educational programming on television. So tell a story and don’t interpret it for them. Let the children draw their own conclusions.
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Rotate The Responsibility

Most churches now have a dedicated children’s pastor. This can be great because he or she can focus on creating material just for kids. However, it’s important for the children to hear from the other staff members. Create opportunities for the senior pastor or the youth pastor to give the children's sermons. Or, allow the children a chance to teach each other.
5

Get On Their Level

When you are teaching children, do your best to get on their level. Sit in front of or with them. Ask them to join you at the front as a volunteer. Be with them rather than over them.
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Don’t Talk Down

Children are not stupid. They know the difference between conversation and someone talking down to them. No matter what level you think the children are functioning on, talk to them like you would anyone else. Make word choices and story choices in your children's sermons that are age appropriate, but watch your tone.

15 Engaging Children's Sermons Ideas

If you’re having trouble planning your children’s sermons, here are some ideas that will engage and educate:

The Tower Of Babel

Honor Your Mother And Father

The 90 And 9

Fishers Of Men

The Light Of The World

Love One Another

Children Of The World

Faith

Plank And Speck

Jesus Paid It All

The Great Commission

Adam And Eve

Noah And The Ark

Eternity

The Love Of God

Conclusion

If you are responsible for the children's sermons at your church or another place of worship, it’s a hard job. Children can be demanding and frustrating, but as a leader, you want to do the best for them. This list of children’s sermons will help you find engaging material to keep them listening. Whether you believe in separating children for a service or teaching them in the main service with everyone, these children's sermons will keep your little ones engaged as well as touch their hearts. 

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