Father's Day Sunday School LessonThis is a complete Father's Day Sunday School Lesson that you can use at your church this Father's Day.  If you're looking for coloring pages and additional activities then be sure to check out all of our FREE Father's Day Children's Ministry resources.  Father's Day is a great opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of dads and why fatherhood is so special.  Remember, some kids don't have fathers, but it is still important to teach kids about fatherhood because chances are if they are a girl they will be married someday and if they are a boy, they will be a father someday.  So, take advantage of this holiday to teach kids about dads and to appreciate their own fathers.

Father's Day Sunday School Lesson For Kids:

BOTTOM LINE: 

God wants us to love our Dads. 

OBJECTIVE: 

Kids will choose something they will do to show love to their Dad today.  

KEY PASSAGE: 

Luke 15:11-24, The Parable of The Lost Son

MEMORY VERSE: 

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1 (NIV)

“Children, obey your parents as believers in the Lord. Obey them because it’s the right thing to do.” Ephesians 6:1 (NIRV)

SUMMARY: 

Dads are many things. They are providers, teachers, mentors, spiritual leaders, coaches, and even playmates. But a Dad’s most important job is modeling the love of God to his kids. We should love our Dads, knowing that they can show us how much God loves us. 

OBJECT LESSON:

Dollar Bill

Guys, I was going through my wallet this morning looking for money and I came across this old dollar bill. Its pretty old and worn out. Its really faded too. Looks like its crinkled and worn around the edges. Its certainly seen better days. I was thinking about just throwing it out, but before I do, I wonderwould any of you like this dollar? 

Of course you would! Wed all love to have a dollar because dollars have value! A worn out, torn up, crumpled dollar like this is just as valuable as a crisp, fresh from the mint, brand new dollar bill. They never lose their value, and they are always a welcome sight. 

Thats the way it is with God. God never sees us as old or worn out or too far gone. God made us and he loves every one of us. 

A good godly father sees his children the same way. You will always be able to come home because a godly father loves his children unconditionally. 

Be sure to let your father know how much you love him. And tell your Heavenly Father as well, thanking him for the example we have in fathers who love Jesus.

LARGE GROUP LESSON

INTRO:

A month ago, we took a Sunday to celebrate Moms. Today, we do the same thing for our Dads. Moms and Dads are different in many ways. Aside from the obvious differences - male and female - there are things that one parent typically does and things that the other parent typically does. For example: Moms and Dads will both tell you not to do a dangerous stunt again, like jumping off the house and using your bed sheets as a parachute. But only Dad will tell you that the stunt you did was awesome when Mom isnt around. 

Dads are more kid-like in many ways than Moms. Dads love to wrestle around with their kids from the time theyre big enough to crawl. Dads are more likely to spend more money than they should on things like fireworks. Dads are more likely to be into things like wrestling, monster trucks, and comic books. And Dads are much, much more likely to get in trouble with Mom for acting crazy than Moms are with Dads. 

All craziness and kidding aside, being a Dad is just as important and demanding as being a Mom. Dads share the responsibility of providing a nice home for the kids. They make meals. They clean house. They maintain the yard. They help with homework. They read bedtime stories - or they make up new ones. They put everyone in their place when they get in trouble. And most important of all, they teach their children about Jesus. 

I know not everyone has a Mom and Dad in the home, and more often than not, when a split happens, its the Dad who is missing more than the Mom. That doesnt take away any of the responsibility Dad has for raising kids to love Jesus. In fact, Dad bears an extra burden because hes the one the Bible uses to teach us how God loves us. The Bible calls God our Heavenly Father, and in todays scripture, we read just what kind of a Father our God really is. 

READ LUKE 15:11-24

MAIN POINT:

God is a loving father. He is compassionate and forgiving. God could never forget his children or deny them anything. Even if a child of God rebelled against him, God would not quit on them. He wont chase them down, but the minute he sees them coming back home, he will run to them and welcome them back. 

Thats the kind of love God wants fathers to have. A godly father is more than just your big playmate. Hes a picture of our Heavenly Father. Dads are to be loving and compassionate. They are always welcoming and always willing to forgive. Thats a huge burden to bear, and its all the more reason for us to show our fathers we love them on Fathers Day. 

DRIVE IT HOME:

How many of you have seen your Dad read the Bible? How many of you have seen or heard him pray? A godly father is responsible for setting a good example in faith. Studies have shown that a dad who reads will have kids who read. A dad who reads the Bible will have kids who read the Bible, and a dad who prays will have kids who pray. If you have a Dad like that, thank God for that man, and tell your Dad you love him. 

A godly father is also a forgiving father. That doesnt mean you can get away with anything, but it means that when we say we are sorry, Dad will forgive us. Dad might lecture you about smashing his car headlight with a baseball bat. He might make you help him replace the light or pay part of it out of your allowance. But he will still love you, and he will still forgive you. If you have a father like that, thank God for that man, and tell him you love him. 

Some of you here may not have a dad at home. Maybe you only see him now and then. Maybe your Dad is never there. If you have a father like that, I have good news for you: you also have a great Father. Your Father in Heaven loves you, just like the father in this parable. He will always be there for you, and he will always forgive you when you mess up. He sent his Son to be your Savior, and if you believe in Him, you can truly call God your Father. 

Whatever kind of Dad you have, I hope that you will tell him you love him today. Tell your godly father that you are thankful for him and all the things he has done. 

If you have a Dad that isnt always there, tell him you love him too. Tell him you love him because you have a Father in Heaven who loves you and him. Believe it or not, God can use you to teach him that he, too, is loved by his Heavenly Father. 

I hope all of you have a good time with Dad today. I hope you get to have fun, and I hope it gets a little crazy. But at the end of the day, be sure to say thank you for the father you have. Thank God for sending him, and thank your Dad for being there. Tell your Dad you love him today. 

CLOSE WITH A SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God, 

Thank you for our Dads.  

In Jesus name, 

Amen

MEMORY VERSE: 

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1 (NIV)

“Children, obey your parents as believers in the Lord. Obey them because it’s the right thing to do.” Ephesians 6:1 (NIRV)

LARGE GROUP MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY: 

Divide the room in half.  Pick one side to start and have them all shout the first word, and then the other side shouts the second word, and so on until they finish the verse.

SMALL GROUP MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY: 

Read the memory verse aloud for each kid. Each time you do, leave out one word. See if the kids can tell you what word you left out. 

CRAFT IDEA:

Have the kids make a card for Dad out of construction paper. 

LARGE GROUP GAME:

SHAVING CREAM CHICKEN

ITEMS NEEDED: 

Two large smocks or art shirts

Two cans of foaming shaving cream

INSTRUCTIONS: 

Pick two kids for this game. Put the smocks on the kids and hand each one a can of shaving cream, giving it a good shake. The kids will hold out one hand and squirt shaving cream on the other, trying to keep it all in their hand. When one players shaving cream topples over, the other guy wins and the game is over. 

VARIATION: 

This can also be a contest seeing who can make the biggest mound of shaving cream on a plate in 45 seconds.

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (K-2ND)

ICEBREAKER:

What is one crazy thing you have seen your father do? 

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

Ephesians 6:1

Read the memory verse aloud for each kid. Each time you do, leave out one word. See if the kids can tell you what word you left out. 

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Play a game of charades, and have each kid act out one of their Dads favorite things or activities. (A movie, a favorite sport, etc.) 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Luke 15:11-24

What did the son ask his father to give him? 

What happened to all the boys money? 

When did the boy decide to go home to see his Dad? 

What did the father do when he saw his son coming home? 

What is something you can do today to thank your Dad for his love? 

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God, 

Help us to show our Dads how much we love them. 

In Jesusname, 

Amen

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (3RD-5TH) 

ICEBREAKER:

What is one crazy thing you have seen your father do? 

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

Ephesians 6:1

Read the memory verse aloud for each kid. Each time you do, leave out one word. See if the kids can tell you what word you left out. 

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Play a game of charades, and have each kid act out one of their Dads favorite things or activities. (A movie, a favorite sport, etc.) 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Luke 15:11-24

Why did the boy decide to go home to see his Dad? 

What did the father do when he saw his son coming home? 

Has your Dad ever shown you that same kind of love and forgiveness? 

How do we know that our Heavenly Father loves us like the dad in this story? 

What is something you can do today to thank your Dad for his love? 

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God, 

Help us to show our Dads how much we love them.

In Jesusname, 

Amen

For your convenience, you can also download the entire PDF version of this Father's Day Children's Church Lesson (just click the link). This is a simple Father's Day Video you can use at church from the Skit Guys.

You can also find additional Father's Day Sunday School Lesson Ideas from these websites:

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