Need a Labor Day Sunday school lesson? Want some material that’s ideal for older kids in your children’s ministry program? Then use this free 15-minute Bible study lesson for preteens. It will help kids discover the importance of work and rest.
Labor Day Sunday School Lesson for Preteens
1. What’s My Career?
As each child enters the room, place a tag on his or her back with a career written on it. Have one of the tags read “pastor.” Have kids ask each other “yes” or “no” questions to learn their identities. When a child guesses correctly, move the tag to the front.
2. Resting in God’s Love
Form two groups. Have one group do jumping jacks, and have the second group jog in place. As children perform their “duties,” talk about their careers from the opener. Share what they think would be the hardest part of their job.
When kids seem to be tired, ask: Are you ready to rest?
Have everyone sit on the floor. Then have the “pastor” read aloud Matthew 11:28.
Say: Labor Day is a holiday to honor workers by giving them a day of rest. Jesus tells us we can come to him any time we’re tired. Then he will give us rest.
Ask: How can Christ help us rest?
3. Quiet-Time Journal
Give each child a notebook. Let kids decorate these with fabric or wallpaper scraps and stickers. Have them title their notebooks “My Time With God.”
Next, talk about how to use a journal. Kids can write their prayer concerns, what they read in the Bible, or a note to God. Encourage preteens to take time daily to rest in and reflect on God’s love.