We know that children will never remember a story unless it catches their attention. That’s why you probably see Sunday school teachers retell Biblical tales in a way they will be enchanted. You can never go too deep or dark, because these only fly over their heads despite your best intentions. However, you also need to share short stories for Sunday schools that are God-centered, understandable and impactful.
The stories about God’s creation, Adam and Eve and Noah are staples in Sunday schools. However, you got 52 unique tales to tell week after week in a year. The Bible has no shortage of these, yet let us help you by giving some stories we think that will click to the kids come Sunday.
The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-10)
As we know, the Tower of Babel is built because of our ancestor’s attempt to reach heaven and be equal to God. They continued building this thinking they will not need Him anymore once they accomplished this. This story is God’s reason as to why humanity got so diverse and languages were created. You will be able to teach how excessive pride is sinful, and how we always put God first in our deeds. One great thing about this Biblical tale is you can explain this to the children without trimming much, granted that it only consists of 10 verses.
The Story of Job (The Book of Job)
You might need to summarize this book but Job is the best example you can use for Sunday schools if your topic leans on serving God despite the hardships. Children will definitely remember Job’s story granted how extreme things happened with his life. However, this is a bit too melancholic for Sunday schools but is a powerful tool for kids to remain inspired with their faith.
The Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11)
We are always told how great our Lord is but children also need to know that He was also tempted to sin during His stay on Earth. This story is easy to tell, albeit a bit heavy for the kids – yet you can always state it in a lighter way without removing the core lesson. Moreover, they must know that the devil may also use God’s words for you to sin against Him. Therefore, you can tell them to stick with the Bible by heart and stand firm with their faith.
Ruth and Boaz (The Book of Ruth)
Assuming you need another love story aside from Mary and Joseph, check this heartwarming one instead. Ruth was a widow who tragically lost her husband and Boaz was a landowner who would always provide her extra grains. Their relationship was not that easily accepted but Boaz stood for them. This Biblical story tells us that God rewards those who suffered tragedy in their lives.
Another sweet bonus? Apparently, Ruth gave birth to Obed, the grandfather of David, who was also the ancestor of Jesus Christ. Does it sound like a cool prequel for the New Testament?
The Temple Cleansing (John 2:13-16)
The story shows another side of Jesus Christ as he can also get righteously angry if someone defiles His Father’s House. It started when He saw people selling animals in the Church as if it became a marketplace. This will be a great reminder that children need to clean the church when they leave. You can remind them that is a place for worship, and not for unnecessary things.
That said, you will never run out of short stories for Sunday schools to tell to your students. You hold a very important role to introduce the importance of the Bible to children. Future generations will still know how great our Lord is and His plan for us. Keep on sharing the wonders of the Bible!