We are a volunteer-led and independent online community of Sunday School teachers, pastors, and parents sharing our passion, ideas and lessons for all types of Sunday Schools and children's programming. We're also passionate about the Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday School (which explains why our lesson forums are organized by "workshops"). Regardless of your Sunday School's model or theology, you are welcome to browse and adapt what you like for non-commercial teaching purposes. Please also be a contributor!
Founded in 1997, our membership, editorial point of view, and volunteer Directors tend to reflect the mainline Protestant and Reformed origins of our site and the Rotation Model itself. Our membership is ecumenical and international and we invite people to adapt content to their creative and theological needs.
Learn more about becoming a Supporting Member and about our Board of Directors
Some of the things that make Rotation.org unique:
- Our focus is on being here for the committed & creative teachers and church staff who want more than "freebie quickie craft ideas."
- We are "crowd-sourcing" great lessons and content for Sunday School. Unlike traditional publishers focused on what's for sale this year, we collect, create, and store great content so that it's available when you need it.
- We believe in tapping the talents of our community to write creative lessons together and provide training to those who aspire to inspire, ...thus, our Writing Team ministry.
- We do not accept advertising. Unlike some other "free" Sunday School lesson websites, we don't write fake recommendations for products or advertisers. We also do not fill our pages with junk content in order to attract search engine clicks and provide space for advertisers.
- We offer personal online lesson help to Sunday School teachers.
- We believe in creativity and in serving the learning needs of older children. Too many advertiser-funded websites offer simplistic Bible lessons written for 1st graders with a cute graphic, a coloring activity, and a cotton ball craft.
- We believe in sharing many ideas per story, and not just one -- because we know that creative teachers appreciate having creative choices.
Because of our Rotation roots, we tend to focus on major Bible stories, and have less content on the more obscure stories. That said, you are certainly welcome to post ideas or ask for help about ANY Bible story you wish.
If you need to contact us, create a message in our Contact Forum.
Scroll down to learn more about our organization and history.
About the Lessons and Ideas at Our Site
We believe creativity is non-denominational, and that most ideas and lessons can be easily adapted by any church.
Most of our complete lessons are written for the Workshop Rotation Model's "workshop" classroom concept -- but they can easily be adapted by traditional Sunday Schools.
Most of our lesson topics are organized by teaching medium, such as, "Art," "Video," and "Drama." Because Rotation modelers teach each story several weeks in a row, we can take our time, teach with many approaches, and don't have to pile it all into one week's lesson.
Lesson plans at this site tend to be broadly graded for grades 2-5 and easily adapted to K-1. Some lessons come with younger and older adaptations. Because Rotation teachers are expected to know how to adapt their lesson each week when a different grade comes through their workshop.
Sources and Quality Control:
Lessons and ideas come from a wide variety of teachers and churches, and many contain creative ideas you'll want to flesh-out or adapt. Volunteers and staff review and sometimes improve contributed content. We tend and prune content from time to time to keep the best and retire the rest. Volunteer and professional lesson editors also work here to make Rotation.org a constantly improving resource.
Great ideas are non-denominational. Our theological set point is "mainline" (PCUSA, ELCA, UMC, UCC, and the like) but many of our members are evangelical, Catholic, and non-denominational. We expect you to adjust what you find to your teaching and church's needs.
About the "Writing Team" Lessons at Our Site
In addition to thousands of free lesson resources available to all, our site is home to "The Writing Team" --a professionally led, volunteer team of writers. You'll see their work linked alongside the publicly available lessons in our forums.
Everyone can see a MENU of WRITING TEAM lesson sets, plus the Lesson Summaries for each set.
How We Pay the Bills
Rotation.org is a 501(c)3 non-profit run by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Ecumenical, independent, and non-profit, -Rotation.org is entirely funded by Supporting Memberships and special donations from members and churches.
In addition to the hosting costs of our amazing site software, our expenses include a part-time Webmaster, a Writing Team Lead Writer, and occasional content and forum improvement projects.
Our site content, decisions, and finances are overseen by our volunteer Board of Directors. Each is an experienced teacher and several are professional Christian educators.
Rotation.org's website is powered by Social Strata's Hoop.la web platform. When you become a Supporting Member, you will use Social Strata's secure "FeePod" credit-card transaction process. At no time does Rotation.org see your cc data and your email address is kept private.
Make an Online "Over and Above" Donation!
Many churches and individuals make an annual or one-time donation over and above their Supporting Member contribution in support of Rotation.org. In fact, to make our budget we need many to do just that.
To make an "over and above" donation, go to our Online Donation option at the non-profit "Networkforgood.org" website "donation cart".
Your networkforgood.org donation option is not the same as becoming an annual Supporting Member at our site. Rather, NetworkforGood.org is a way to make an additional donation. Networkforgood works with thousands of organizations and churches to provide them with a simple online donation option. It's safe and secure.
If you prefer to send your "over and above" contribution by check, send it payable to Rotation.org Inc to:
c/o Cathy Walz, Rotation.org Treasurer
1518 Elgin Ave.
Forest Park, IL 60130
(please include your name and email with the check)