Back to School Children’s Sermon

back to school children's sermon

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Back to School Children’s Sermon

Lesson Objective:  Often times children are apprehensive at the start of a new school year.  This Back to School children’s sermon teaches each child to rely on God’s love and the cross for a great start to the school year.

Materials: You will need a cut-out cross and a marker for each child in the group.

Story Outline:

Tell the children since they are getting ready to go back to school, we want to talk about how they might be feeling about that. Ask children to raise their hands to share how they might be feeling. (Some answers may include: sad, scared, happy, and excited. Be sure to validate each feeling.)

Begin by reading the following verse:

Scripture: Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Explain to children that it’s okay to feel the way they feel about going back to school. No matter how they are feeling, God will be there with them on their first day. There were times that very great people in the Bible were scared or nervous. God was there for those people, and he’ll be there for you too!

Now give each child the cut our cross.  Have the children write down the Bible reference on one side of the cross (Joshua 1:9).  On the other side of the cross, have them write the word “courage”, which is in the Bible Verse. Tell them that they can keep this in their pocket or backpack to remind them that God is always with them.


God, please be with these children as they begin their new school year. Help them to remember that you are with them always, even when they are afraid. Help them to show your love to the other children at school. Thank you for all you do for us. Amen.

Back to School Children’s Sermon