The Sunday School at Portsmouth United Methodist Church is a “One Room Schoolhouse” for children age preschool through grade 6.
The school year will start on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 at 10:00 am.
We invite you to join us and become part of our church family. We look forward to meeting you on Sunday morning!
***Due to the cancellation of Sunday School as a result of the Coronavirus we will be posting Online Sunday School:
Sunday. March 22/ Jesus Blesses the Children
Welcome and prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about you and to worship you. Amen.
Bible Story: Matthew 19: 13-15; Mark 10: 13-16; Luke 18: 15-17
Turn and Talk Discussion with parents:
- Talk with your children about how you felt when you found out you were having or adopting them. Talk about how grateful to God you were and are for the gift of them in your life.
- Talk about ways you showed that love to them as a baby.
- Share how they showed you they loved you before they had words to speak.
- Talk about how Jesus loves them.
- Talk about how they can show their love for Jesus.
- Facetime with grandparents and other family members so they can share their love and early love memories with your child.
- Write letters of love or make Valentines to send to family members or church members who don’t have electronic access to the world right now.
- Encourage grandparents to write letters to your child so they get hard letters in the mailbox. This physical letter gives them something to hold on to.
Activity with parents:
- Collect supplies: Paper, scissors, something to write with, something to close loops with – stapler, glue, tape
- Cut 1-inch wide strips of paper (colored paper is much prettier)
- Once your pile of strips is made, sit down with your child and talk about love. How you love them, how Jesus loves them, how grandparents and other family members love them, etc.
- Write one way others show love for your child on each strip and join them together in a chain. Hang that chain to show your child how much they are loved.
- Another day, switch the project up a bit. Make a second chain of ways your child can show their love for Jesus and for others.
- Now talk about which one is longer. How can you make the showing love chain longer? Brainstorm ideas with your child and write them on a third set of strips. Don’t add them to the chain until your child has completed the gift of love for someone else.
- Keep adding to the chains. Make it a topic of sharing at dinner each night: what have we each done to show love today? How has someone shown love to me today? Add those to your chains every day. Make chains of love to wrap around the room. In this time of social distancing, we need to keep showing our children that they are surrounded by people who love them even if we aren’t together.
- Make a chain to send to grandparents. Ask them to send a love chain back to your child.
- Pray for the people in your love chains every day.
- Thank Jesus everyday for loving us.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, Thank you for loving me. Thank you for telling everyone that children were important to God. Thank you for telling stories to help us learn about you. Thank you for the people in my family that love me. Help me to share your love every day. Amen
Materials needed for project: Crayons or Markers / construction paper / scissors / stapler, tape or glue