Sunday School

The Sunday School at Portsmouth United Methodist Church is a “One Room Schoolhouse” for children age preschool through grade 6.

***Due to the cancellation of in person Sunday School as a result of the Coronavirus we will be holding Sunday School via ZOOM on Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 9:20am beginning Sunday, October 18, 2020. We invite you to join us via ZOOM each Sunday at 9:00am and become part of our church family.  Contact the church office at 683-4005 for ZOOM information.  We have also been posting some activities and messages for children below. 

  We look forward to meeting you on Sunday morning!  


Children’s Message for Sunday, November 8, 2020:
“When You Need a Helping Hand”

Children’s Message for Sunday, October 18, 2020:

“The Perfect Ten”

Children’s Message for Sunday, September 20, 2020

“What is Inside – M&M’s”

Children’s Message for Sunday, September 13, 2020

5 Finger Prayer/ Teaching Kids How To Pray

Children’s Message for Sunday, September 6, 2020

“God’s Story: Prayer”

Children’s Message for Sunday, August 30, 2020

“Don’t Worry”

Children’s Message for Sunday, August 23, 2020

“The Wise Man and the Foolish Man”

Children’s Message for Sunday, August 9, 2020

“God Loves You!”

Children’s Message for Sunday, August 2, 2020

“A Balloon and the Holy Spirit”

Children’s Message for Sunday, July 5, 2020

We Can Trust God”

Children’s Message for Sunday, June 14, 2020

“Maddi’s Fridge”

Children’s Message for Sunday, June 7, 2020

Children’s Message for Sunday, May 31, 2020

Pentecost – The Day that God Made Church

The Day that God Made Church

Children’s Message for Sunday, May 24, 2020


Children’s Message for Sunday, May 17, 2020

“Jesus Tells Us How To be Safe”

or on YouTube link

or on Facebook

Children’s Message for Sunday, May 10, 2020

Fishers of Men

Sunday, April 20, 2020 – God Gave Us Easter

Here is the link to the Children’s Message from Calvary UMC in Middletown:

It is a message for the kid in all of us ! It comes from the book “God Gave Us Easter”, written by Lisa Tawn Bergren with art work by Laura J. Bryan. 

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:

  1. Collect supplies: Paper, scissors, something to write with, something to close loops with – stapler, glue, tape
  2. Cut 1-inch wide strips of paper (colored paper is much prettier)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Make a chain to send to grandparents. Ask them to send a love chain back to your child.
  9. Pray for the people in your love chains every day.
  10. 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