Swedenborgian Church Children’s Ministries (SCCM) Lesson Plans

Introduction to the Notes

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Background information on using lesson notes.

The New Age

For younger children

Animal or Man?

For older children

Creation – The Fifth and Sixth Days

In this lesson all the animals and people are created. Children make a creation book. Genesis 1:20-31

Dress the Bride

For younger children

Jesus’ Sorrow for Jerusalem

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary God loves us no matter how much we reject what comes from God. The Lord will try to reach us in any way possible. Luke 13:31–35, Psalm 27

New Life in the Spirit

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary To be a part of God’s kingdom, we must be reborn in God’s image. John 3:1–17, Genesis 12:1–4

A Branch of David

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary The Lord comes just when things are darkest. Jeremiah 33:14-16 Luke 21:25-36

Joy in the Lord’s Redemption

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary The happiness we gain from following the Lord is well worth the pain and struggle we must go through to give up what blocks the Lord’s way. Isaiah 35, Matthew 11:2–11

The Birth of Samuel

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Birth as a correspondence for spiritual rebirth. Difficult times often come just before a new spiritual breakthrough. 1 Samuel 1:1-20 Mark 13:1-8

All Things Made New

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Today’s reading, together with the Isaiah passage, speaks of endings and new beginnings; of terrible struggles leading to the renewal of life. Luke 21:5–19, Isaiah 65:17–25

Feed My Lambs

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary If we “fish” for understanding and love according to the Lord’s guidance, we will have a great catch! John 21:1–19, Revelation 5:11–14

The Two Greatest Commandments

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary We should love God and we should love other people. Mark 12:28-34 Ruth 1:1-18

The Mountain of the Lord

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Today we will ask the children to think of one of their bad habits and decide to give it up as a way of making room in their lives for the Lord to be born. Isaiah 2:1–5, Matthew 24:26–44

Jeremiah Laments over Judah

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary The Lord knows what it is like to feel pain, and is with us when we are hurt and sad. Jeremiah 8:18–9:1, Psalm 79:1–9

Lambs and Doves

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Today, as we look again at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, we will focus on the images of the lamb and the dove. John 1:29–42, Isaiah 49:1–7

Jesus Tempted by the Devil

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary We become stronger people when we overcome in temptation and stick to what is good and right. Luke 4:1–13, Psalm 91

Who is the Greatest?

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary From a spiritual perspective, being great means greatness in loving and serving other people. Mark 9:33-37 Psalm 1

Lamentation and Comfort

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Our focus today is on helping the children to understand where struggle and sorrow come from, and the path toward true comfort and joy. Lamentations 1:1–6, Psalm 137:1–6, Lamentations 3:19–26

Who is Jesus?

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Our beliefs about Jesus determine whether or not we are Christian. People of other religions can be saved by living according to their particular faith in God. Mark 8:27-38 Psalm 19

Passion/Palm Sunday

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Our lesson today focuses on the passion and crucifixion rather than the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Luke 22:14–23:56, Psalm 31:9–16

Lasting Relationships

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary This lesson focuses on family relationships: relationships between married partners and between adults and children. Mark 10:2-16 Psalm 26

The Parable of the Potter

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Jeremiah’s parable of the Potter and the Clay gives us a vivid image of our relationship with God, and the purpose of our life on earth. Jeremiah 18:1–11, Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18

Jeremiah Buys a Field

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Our themes today are selfishness leading to spiritual captivity vs. our conscience and being restored to a good and happy life by the Lord. Jeremiah 32:1–15, Psalm 91

Blessings and Woes

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary We may think material possessions will make us happy, but it is spiritual “possessions” that make us truly and deeply happy. Luke 6:17–26, Jeremiah 17:5–10

The Mountain of the Lord

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Today we will ask the children to think of one of their bad habits and decide to give it up as a way of making room in their lives for the Lord to be born. Isaiah 2:1–5, Matthew 24:26–44

Jeremiah Laments over Judah

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary The Lord knows what it is like to feel pain, and is with us when we are hurt and sad. Jeremiah 8:18–9:1, Psalm 79:1–9

The Widow’s Mite

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary If we devote everything we have to God—even if it isn’t much—God will richly bless us spiritually. Mark 12:38-44 Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17

The Day of the Lord’s Coming

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary even though the Lord is always ready to come and save us, this can only happen if we do the work of preparing ourselves for the Lord’s coming. Malachi 3:1–4, Luke 3:1–6

Jesus Rejected in His Hometown

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary We can experience the full power of Jesus only if we accept him as divine—as God among us. Luke 4:21–30, Jeremiah 1:4–10

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary The Lord calls every one of us to be disciples. Luke 5:1–11, Isaiah 6:1–8

A Branch from Jesse

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary It is good to hope and dream for things in our world to be better than they are now. Isaiah 11:1–10, Matthew 3:1–12

Jesus Raises Lazarus from Death

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Today we have an opportunity to talk to about our church’s beautiful teachings on the afterlife and about how we are resurrected spiritually right here on earth. John 11:1–45, Ezekiel 37:1–14

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary Used to discuss with the children issues of respecting and obeying our parents, and how that relates to respecting and obeying the Lord. Luke 2:40–52, 1 Samuel 2:18–20, 26

The Request of James and John

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary From a spiritual perspective, being great means greatness in loving and serving other people. Mark 10:35-45 Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35

Devastation and Reconstruction

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary The theme is the emptiness in our lives when God is absent and how we can rebuild a full and happy life when we invite God into our lives. Jeremiah 4:11, 12, 22–28, Psalm 14

Blessed Are You—Christmas Sunday

Sunday School Notes for the Revised Common Lectionary On this Christmas Sunday, our lesson is about the blessing and the power of God coming to us in the human form of our Lord Jesus. Luke 1:39–56, Micah 5:2–5a

The Sacrifice of Isaac

The Sower, Lesson 16, Genesis 22:1–19 Abraham’s trial was in relation to his son Isaac. The trial of the Lord that is described in the deeper sense was in relation to the rational power, which Isaac represents.

The Five Books of Moses

The Sower, Lesson 1, The Pentateuch In these stories we shall learn more about Moses, whom the Lord made a great leader of the children of Israel, to lead them from Egypt to the Holy Land, and to teach them commandments and laws.

The Garden of Eden

The Sower, Lesson 3, Genesis 2 When we see the beautiful world and remember how the Lord made it for us and gave it to us to be our home, it seems as if it ought always to be a very happy place.

The Creation

The Sower, Lesson 2, Genesis 1 We all can learn that God made us and the world in which we live; he makes the world beautiful, and wishes to make us beautiful, too.