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sunday school prayers

overhead photo of classroom craft activity

This page features three prayers for Sunday School lessons. The first is a short opening prayer for children to say before the class. The prayer has a rhyming nature - you may wish to consider teaching the first verse of this prayer to your children for them to memorize and say each week at the beginning of your sessions. The next prayer is for Sunday School teachers, and reflects on the different types of children that they may encounter as they minister to their groups. Finally, there is a sample closing prayer suitable for children to say after their craft activities or games at children's church:-

Opening prayer for Sunday school

Everything we do, the play, the work and fun
You see it all and love everyone!
So we meet today in this Sunday School,
To learn about Jesus, 'cos you are cool!

We love the stories we hear about you,
Help us to listen and try to do.
Teach us to grow and learn and love,
Today we celebrate our Heavenly Father above.

(a short prayer suitable for primary school aged children)

teaching children to pray

A fun way of learning the meaning of prayer with your sunday school children!

"Lord, these children are all such treasured members of our church family"

Prayer for Sunday school teachers meeting

Loving Father,

We place into your hands all the work we do with our wonderful children. Please lead us by your Spirit to guide and care for each one of them.

Help us to release the chatty energetic ones to engage with you adventures.
Help us to encourage the quiet sensitive ones to dwell on your goodness.
Help us to protect those with trouble or difficulty in their lives. May they find you.
And show us the way with those who are angry or frustrated. May we help them manage their feelings.

Lord, these children are all such treasured members of our church family,
We know you have good plans and purposes for their lives.
And we thank you for blessing us with these little ones.


read prayers for classroom teachers
with an inspiring prayer to pray before class starts, and a short prayer for a staff meeting.

As we go
(closing prayer for Sunday school lesson)

As we go from Sunday School
Back to our family's care,
Help us to remember all we've learnt,
Each day to love and share.
The stories and the games we've played,
And drawings we take home,
Remind us Jesus is our friend,
We're never on our own.

bible verses about educating children

"Some people brought their children to Jesus so that he could bless them by placing his hands on them. But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him.

When Jesus saw this, he became angry and said, “Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these little children belong to the kingdom of God. I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does.” Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them by placing his hands on them."

(Mark 10:13-16, CEV)

"Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life."

(Proverbs 22:6, GNT)

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

(Deuteronomy 6:5-7, NIV)