Resources for Christian Education

Children’s Sermons

Messages for children based on lectionary scripture readings

Welcome! On this page are links to children’s sermons for the next four Sundays and the past three years. Each message is centered on the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for that Sunday. Click the date to view the easy-to-share message, needed supplies, and associated scripture.

How I develop the messages

  • I mostly think about children’s messages in three parts, based loosely on the freeway system.
  • First, I want to help the children get up to speed and merge with the story. Think of this as The On-ramp section of the message. It usually consists of some opening questions and/or an activity.  In fancy educational terms, this approach helps engage a specific schema (or frame of mind). In other words, we are priming their brains for some high-speed learning.  
  • Second, now that all minds have merged on to The Freeway (the story), I now want those minds to travel the distance. This usually consists of re-telling the parts of the story that connect the opening questions/activity with the third part, the destination of the message.
  • Third, I want everyone to arrive at The Destination: The Good News. Every children’s time should have a Good News destination. Typically, for me, the Good news is how a concept in the story is applicable to our lives in the here-and-now. This perspective of mine is inspired by Jesus teaching that the Kingdom of God is at hand (Mark 1:14-15).

When creating a children’s time message, then, the answer to the question, “What is the Good News of this scripture” is my starting point and I work backwards from that answer.

Beliefs about children’s sermons

  • I believe children’s sermons should always end in prayer.  And because we learn by mimicking and by repetition, I think its best if the prayer is done in a repeat-after-me style.  Invite the congregation to join in, too.
  • I believe a children’s sermon should be between 4 to 7 minutes long. This is one reason why I am not a big fan of letting the kids talk into the microphone.  Sometimes they go on for too long.  Other times they say embarrassing things about themselves or their family that is best left un-amplified.  Instead, repeat their answers into the microphone, sometimes with a helpful edit.
  • I believe practicing a children’s sermon is essential.  Once I’m satisfied with the actual message, I run through it at least 5 or 6 times.  I focus more on memorizing the transition points than I do on memorizing the whole message. In the past, I’ve used notecards and recommend you do, too, if you are really nervous.  But the message sounds a lot better when I speak to the kids without notes.
  • I believe an effective children’s sermon is valuable to an entire congregation and its worship experience. Do not underestimate the importance of bringing God’s message to the people and their children. I thank you for choosing to share God’s words of love, light and life.
Season Date Scripture
Lect B: Pentecost: 25th Sunday After11.14.2021Mark 13:1-8
Lect B: Pentecost: 24th Sunday After11.07.2021Mark 12:38-44
Lect B: Pentecost: 23rd Sunday After10.31.2021Mark 12:28-34
Lect B: Pentecost: 22nd Sunday After10.24.2021Mark 10:46-52
Lect B: Pentecost: 21st Sunday After10.17.2021Mark 10:35-45
Lect B: Pentecost: 20th Sunday After10.10.2021Mark 10:17-31
Lect B: Pentecost: 19th Sunday After10.03.2021Mark 10:2-16
Lect B: Pentecost: 18th Sunday After09.26.2021Mark 9:38-50
Lect B: Pentecost: 17th Sunday After09.19.2021Mark 9:30-37
Lect B: Pentecost: 16th Sunday After09.12.2021Mark 8:27-38
Lect B: Pentecost: 15th Sunday After09.05.2021Mark 7:24-37
Lect B: Pentecost: 14th Sunday After08.29.2021Mark 7:1-8 (9-23)
Lect B: Pentecost: 13th Sunday After08.22.2021John 6:56-59
Lect B: Pentecost: 12th Sunday After08.15.2021John 6:51-58
Lect B: Pentecost: 11th Sunday After08.08.2021John 6:35, 41-51
Lect B: Pentecost: 10th Sunday After08.01.2021John 6:24-35
Lect B: Pentecost: 9th Sunday After07.25.2021John 6:1-21
Lect B: Pentecost: 8th Sunday After07.18.2021Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Lect B: Pentecost: 7th Sunday After07.11.2021Mark 6:14-29
Lect B: Pentecost: 6th Sunday After07.04.2021Mark 6:1-13
Lect B: Pentecost: 5th Sunday After06.27.2021Mark 5:21-43
Lect B: Pentecost: 4th Sunday After06.20.2021Mark 4:35-41
Lect B: Pentecost: 3rd Sunday After06.13.2021Mark 4:26-34
Lect B: Pentecost: 2nd Sunday After06.06.2021Mark 3:20-35
Lect B: Pentecost: 1st Sunday After05.30.2021John 3:1-17
Lect B: Pentecost Sunday05.23.2021Acts 2:1-21
Lect B: Easter - 7th Sunday05.16.2021John 17:6-19
Lect B: Easter - 6th Sunday05.09.2021John 15:9-17
Lect B: Easter - 5th Sunday05.02.2021John 15:1-8
Lect B: Easter - 4th Sunday04.25.2021Acts 4:5-12
Lect B: Easter - 3rd Sunday04.18.2021Luke 24:36-48
Lect B: Easter - 2nd Sunday04.11.2021John 20:19-31
Lect B: Easter Sunday04.04.2021John 20:1-18
Lect B: Lent - Palm Sunday03.28.2018John 12:20-33
Lect B: Lent - Palm Sunday03.28.2018Mark 11:1-11
Lect B: Lent - 5th Sunday03.21.2021John 12:20-33
Lect B: Lent - 4th Sunday03.14.2021John 3:14-21
Lect B: Lent - 3rd Sunday03.07.2021John 2:13-22
Lect B: Lent - 2nd Sunday02.28.2021Mark 8:31-38
Lect B: Lent - 1st Sunday02.21.2021Mark 1:9-15
Lect B: Transfiguration Sunday02.14.2021Mark 9:2-9
Lect B: Epiphany: 5th Sunday After02.07.2021Mark 1:29-39
Lect B: Epiphany: 4th Sunday After01.31.2021Mark 1:21-28
Lect B: Epiphany: 3rd Sunday After01.24.2021Mark 1:14-20
Lect B: Epiphany: 2nd Sunday After01.17.2021John 1:43-51
Lect B: Epiphany: 1st Sunday After01.10.2021Mark 1:4-11
Lect B: Christmas: 2nd Sunday After01.03.2021John 1:1-18
Lect B: Christmas: 1st Sunday After12.27.2020Luke 2:22-40
Lect B: Advent: 4th Sunday After12.20.2020Luke 1:26-38
Lect B: Advent: 3rd Sunday After12.13.2020Luke 1:46-55
Lect B: Advent: 2nd Sunday After12.06.2020Mark 1:1-8
Lect B: Advent: 1st Sunday After11.29.2020Mark 13:24-37
Lect A: Pentecost: 25th Sunday After11.22.2020Matthew 25:31-46
Lect A: Pentecost: 24th Sunday After11.15.2020Matthew 25:14-30
Lect A: Pentecost: 23rd Sunday After11.08.2020Matthew 25:1-13
Lect A: Pentecost: 22nd Sunday After11.01.2020Matthew 23:1-12
Lect A: Pentecost: 21st Sunday After10.25.2020Matthew 22:34-46
Lect A: Pentecost: 20th Sunday After10.18.2020Matthew 22:15-22
Lect A: Pentecost: 19th Sunday After10.11.2020Matthew 22:1-14
Lect A: Pentecost: 18th Sunday After10.04.2020Matthew 21:33-46
Lect A: Pentecost: 17th Sunday After09.27.2020Matthew 21:23-32
Lect A: Pentecost: 16th Sunday After09.20.2020Matthew 20:1-16
Lect A: Pentecost: 15th Sunday After09.13.2020Matthew 18:21-35
Lect A: Pentecost: 14th Sunday After09.06.2020Matthew 18:15-20
Lect A: Pentecost: 13th Sunday After08.30.2020Matthew 16:21-28
Lect A: Pentecost: 12th Sunday After08.23.2020Matthew 16:13-20
Lect A: Pentecost: 11th Sunday After08.16.2020Matthew 15:21-28
Lect A: Pentecost: 10th Sunday After08.09.2020Matthew 14:22-33
Lect A: Pentecost: 9th Sunday After08.02.2020Matthew 14:13-21
Lect A: Pentecost: 8th Sunday After07.26.2020Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Lect A: Pentecost: 7th Sunday After07.19.2020Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Lect A: Pentecost: 6th Sunday After07.12.2020Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Lect A: Pentecost: 5th Sunday After07.05.2020Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Lect A: Pentecost: 4th Sunday After06.28.2020Matthew 10:40-42
Lect A: Pentecost: 3rd Sunday After06.21.2020Matthew 10:24-39
Lect A: Pentecost: 2nd Sunday After06.14.2020Matthew 9:35-10:8
Lect A: Pentecost: 1st Sunday After06.07.2020Matthew 28:16-20
Lect A: Pentecost Sunday05.31.2020Acts 2:1-21, 41
Lect A: Easter - 7th Sunday05.24.2020Acts 1:6-14
Lect A: Easter - 6th Sunday05.17.2020Acts 17:22-31
Lect A: Easter - 5th Sunday05.10.2020John 14:1-14
Lect A: Easter - 4th Sunday05.03.2020John 10:1-10
Lect A: Easter - 3rd Sunday04.26.2020Luke 24:13-35
Lect A: Easter - 2nd Sunday04.19.2020John 20:19-31
Lect A: Easter Sunday04.12.2020John 20:1-18
Lect A: Easter Sunday04.12.2020Matthew 28:1-10
Lect A - Lent: Palm Sunday4.05.2020Matthew 21:1-11
Lect A - Lent: 5th Sunday3.29.2020John 11:1-45
Lect A - Lent: 4th Sunday3.22.2020John 9:1-41
Lect A - Lent: 3rd Sunday3.15.2020John 4:5-42
Lect A - Lent: 2nd Sunday3.08.2020John 3:1-17
Lect A - Lent: 1st Sunday3.01.2020Matthew 4:1-11
Lect A: Transfiguration Sunday2.23.2020Matthew 17:1-9
Lect A: 6th Sunday after Epiphany2.16.2020Matthew 5:21-37
Lect A: 5th Sunday after Epiphany2.09.2020Matthew 5:13-20
Lect A: 4th Sunday after Epiphany2.02.2020Matthew 5:1-12
Lect A: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany1.26.2020Matthew 4:12-23
Lect A: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany1.19.2020John 1:29-42
Lect A: 1st Sunday after Epiphany1.12.2020Matthew 3:13-17
Lect A: 2nd Sunday after Christmas1.05.2020John 1:1-18
Lect A: 1st Sunday after Christmas12.29.2019Matthew 2:13-23
Lect A: Christmas Day12.25.2019Luke 2:1-20
Lect A: Advent: 4th Sunday12.22.2019Matthew 1:18-25
Lect A: Advent: 3rd Sunday12.15.2019Matthew 11:2-11
Lect A: Advent: 2nd Sunday12.08.2019Matthew 3:1-12
Lect A: Advent: 1st Sunday12.01.2019Matthew 24:36-44
Lect C: Pentecost: 24th Sunday After11.24.2019Luke 23:33-43
Lect C: Pentecost: 23rd Sunday After11.17.2019Luke 21:5-19
Lect C: Pentecost: 22nd Sunday After11.10.2019Luke 20:27-38
Lect C: Pentecost: 21st Sunday After11.3.2019Luke 19:1-10
Lect C: Pentecost: 20th Sunday After10.27.2019Luke 18:9-14
Lect C: Pentecost: 19th Sunday After10.20.2019Luke 18:1-8
Lect C: Pentecost: 18th Sunday After10.13.2019Luke 17:11-19
Lect C: Pentecost: 17th Sunday After10.06.2019Luke 17:5-10
Lect C: Pentecost: 16th Sunday After09.29.2019Luke 16:19-31
Lect C: Pentecost: 15th Sunday After09.22.2019Luke 16:1-13
Lect C: Pentecost: 14th Sunday After09.15.2019Luke 15:1-10
Lect C: Pentecost: 13th Sunday After09.08.2019Luke 14:25-33
Lect C: Pentecost: 12th Sunday After09.01.2019Luke 14:1, 7-14
Lect C: Pentecost: 11th Sunday After08.25.2019Luke 13:10-17
Lect C: Pentecost: 10th Sunday After08.18.2019Luke 12:49-56
Lect C: Pentecost: 9th Sunday After08.11.2019Luke 12:32-40
Lect C: Pentecost: 8th Sunday After08.04.2019Luke 12:13-21
Lect C: Pentecost: 7th Sunday After07.28.2019Luke 11:1-13
Lect C: Pentecost: 6th Sunday After07.21.2019Luke 10:38-42
Lect C: Pentecost: 5th Sunday After07.14.2019Luke 10:25-37
Lect C: Pentecost: 4th Sunday After07.07.2019Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Lect C: Pentecost: 3rd Sunday After06.30.2019Luke 9:51-62
Lect C: Pentecost: 2nd Sunday After06.23.2019Luke 8:26-39
Lect C: Pentecost: 1st Sunday After06.16.2019John 16:12-15
Lect C: Pentecost Sunday06.09.2019Acts 2:1-21
Lect C: Easter - 7th Sunday06.02.2019John 17:20-26
Lect C: Easter - 6th Sunday05.26.2019John 14:23-29
Lect C: Easter - 5th Sunday05.19.2019John 13:31-35
Lect C: Easter - 4th Sunday05.12.2019John 10:22-30
Lect C: Easter - 3rd Sunday05.05.2019John 21:1-19
Lect C: Easter - 2nd Sunday04.28.2019John 20:19-31
Lect C: Easter Sunday04.21.2019Luke 24:1-12
Lect C: Lent - Palm Sunday04.14.2019Luke 19:28-40
Lect C: Lent - 5th Sunday04.07.2019John 12:1-8
Lect C: Lent - 4th Sunday03.31.2019Luke 15:11-32
Lect C: Lent - 3rd Sunday03.24.2019Luke 13:1-9
Lect C: Lent - 2nd Sunday03.17.2019Luke 13:31-35
Lect C: Lent - 1st Sunday03.10.2019Luke 4:1-13
Lect C: Transfiguration Sunday03.03.2019Luke 9:28-43
Lect C: Epiphany: 7th Sunday After02.24.2019Luke 6:27-38
Lect C: Epiphany: 6th Sunday After02.17.2019Luke 6:17-26
Lect C: Epiphany: 5th Sunday After02.10.2019Luke 5:1-11
Lect C: Epiphany: 4th Sunday After02.03.2019Luke 4:21-30
Lect C: Epiphany: 3rd Sunday After01.27.2019Luke 4:14-21
Lect C: Epiphany: 2nd Sunday After01.20.2019John 2:1-11
Lect C: Epiphany: 1st Sunday After01.13.2019Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Lect C: Epiphany Sunday01.06.2019John 1:1-18
Lect C: Christmas: 1st Sunday After12.30.2018Luke 2:41-52
Lect C: Advent: 4th Sunday12.23.2018Luke 1:39-55
Lect C: Advent: 3rd Sunday12.16.2018Luke 3:7-18
Lect C: Advent: 2nd Sunday12.09.2018Luke 3:1-6
Lect C: Advent: 1st Sunday12.02.2018Luke 21:25-36
Lect B: Pentecost: 27th Sunday After11.25.2018John 18:33-37
Lect B: Pentecost: 26th Sunday After11.18.2018Mark 13:1-8
Lect B: Pentecost: 25th Sunday After11.11.2018Mark 12:38-44
Lect B: Pentecost: 24th Sunday After11.04.2018Mark 12:28-34
Lect B: Pentecost: 23rd Sunday After10.28.2018Mark 10:46-52
Lect B: Pentecost: 22nd Sunday After10.21.2018Mark 10:35-45
Lect B: Pentecost: 21st Sunday After10.14.2018Mark 10:17-31
Lect B: Pentecost: 20th Sunday After10.07.2018Mark 10:2-16
Lect B: Pentecost: 19th Sunday After09.30.2018Mark 9:38-50
Lect B: Pentecost: 18th Sunday After09.23.2018Mark 9:30-37

Next Sundays


Children’s Sermon Title


Mark 10:46-52

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Mark 12:28-34

The Greatest Commandment


Mark 12:38-44

Jesus Keeps It Real


Mark 13:1-8

When Things Fall Apart

Children’s Sermons From Last Three Years

View my explanation of how I write the children’s sermons and my teaching beliefs about children’s sermons.

Messages from the last three years are archived in the sortable table below. Click the title of each column to sort that column in ascending order.

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