Lessons, Ideas, Activities, and Resources for the Sermon on the Mount

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Matthew 5 -7. Seek First, Don't Worry, Ask, Seek, Knock, Salt, Light, Turn the other cheek, Love your enemies, Kingdom of Heaven, etc.

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Stations

 

Lisa,

The Sermon on the Mount is so big that it seems like there is too much to cover in one rotation, so you might want to pick just a few highlights and design them into 'stations' or consolidate them.

 

For example: in the Art Workshop, have the kids combine "Wise/Foolish Builders" and "Look at the Birds of the Air" into one diorama project that includes a quick build of a good and bad building, and the addition/decoration of birds. 

 

For example; In the Drama Workshop, play Charades.  Create a list of 20 sayings from the Sermon, write them on the board, and on slips of paper. Have students step forward and draw from the hat an act it out. Work in teams for fun.

 

 

 

moved here to consolidate topic...Use REPLY to add your ideas about the Sermon on the Mount.

Lisa M. Posted: 

Here's an idea:

Using green foam (flower arranging) have children carve a mountain.

Decorate it with moss, dried flowers, etc. to their liking.

Attach quotes from the Sermon on the Mount with toothpicks.

Send home with instructions to use it as a centerpiece and pick out a quote each day to live out.
Lisa


Dsmith Posted:

I had my 2-year-old help me with this one last night: Take some construction paper (she liked the color blue) and read Matthew 6:28,29 and write it on the top of the construction paper. Then take some flowers or dried flowers (I picked flowers last summer and put them in an old phonebook to save and used those) and I just had her glue (using a paint brush and she dipped it in a cup of glue) and press on the flowers! She had a lot of fun with this one!!

Hi! My Sunday School class did a crafty object lesson on Matthew 6:24 "can't serve two masters" and "Wise/Foolish Builders."

 

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 

I gave each of the children a chocolate to hold in one hand and told them that they couldn't eat it until I said so.

 

I also told them that if they put it down at all it would be taken from them.

 

I then gave them the task of making a church out of matchsticks. After a while of frustrated building we stopped and talked about how difficult it is to serve God with everything we've got while we're using one hand to serve ourselves.

 

The kids loved the lesson and still talk about it. And yes, they got the message that we need to serve God with two hands and a whole heart etc. 

Our Sermon on the Mount Summer Program

We concentrated on the Sermon On The Mount Lesson for the entire summer. We made a continuous bulletin board showing what we learned. In the center of the board was a mountain with Jesus on top and the title "Sermon on the Mount". I am not posting a complete lesson set, but I will share what we did for each topic:

Beatitudes: showed the sermon on the mount scene from "Jesus of Nazareth" staring Jeremy Sisto and discussed. Afterwards, we recalled what we learned by writing the 'blessed' of each beatitude on the left wing of a bee cutout and the answer to each on the right wing. We hung these around a paper skep.

Salt of the Earth: We mapped our tongues (per "It Only Takes a Spark" isbn# 0-570-05329-3 lesson #18) we used sugar, salt, water melon, lemon, bacon, cinnamon candy. We hung a completed tongue map on the wall. Note: each child mapped their own tongue.

Law: we talked about the three basic categories of law. 1) ceremonial, 2) civil, and 3) moral. We talked about how that might apply to us today. We emphasized how Jesus came to uphold the moral law and we made a Ten Commandment tree to put on our wall.

Anger & revenge: we talked about things that make us angry and what we might to do curb our anger. We wrote our ideas on paper ice cubes and posted them around an angry face on our bulletin board. There was a lot of open discussion on this one...seems we have anger issues here :-)

Vows or Oaths: we studied the Pledge of Allegience and what it means to us...talked a little bit about US founding history. Hung a flag for our board. We looked at vows we take in church when we are baptized or become a member.

Prayer: We learned the Lord's Prayer in Hand sign language. We hung a graphical representation of it on our board.

Money: I placed a lot of fake money on a table before the kids entered. when they asked about it, I told them they could have as much or little as they wanted... they were eager to share as new kids arrived. We talked about storing treasures on Earth vs. Heaven.

Building on solid ground: we divided up into teams and each team was instructed to build one tower. Each team had a different type of building block (ie: legos, wooden, cardboard). When a team had completed its tower, the teacher shook the table to test the foundation of the tower. The were some shocked kids until we explained the purpose of the lesson!

Testing their knowledge: We gave them an open book (Bible) test during the last class to see what they learned. (ref: "Zondervan's Great Bible Trivia Workout" by Brad Densmore pages 62-62 - update 2017 available now as an e-book or paperback on Amazon). We put a blank copy of the quiz on our board.

We made "Flavored Salt" when we studied salt and light.

 

We put coarse salt in a blender with some fresh rosemary (because I had a bunch of it). (You can find 'recipes' on the web, but seriously, salt and fresh herbs is all you need.)

 

The kids 'pulsed' it for a while (until the rosemary was in tiny pieces) then poured it into condiment containers (we got them at the dollar store) with lids.

 

We added labels with the verse "[We] are the salt of the earth..." and a label of what it was.

 

The kids took one home and had one to give away. Most of them were given out to others at church, but even then, the older folks (who were also studying the sermon on the mount) asked about them and the children were able to encourage them and share their faith.

 

Plus, every time we use the salt (really great on chicken and veggies!), we remember that we are to be salt to the world.

 

Staci

Free Sermon on the Mount Video

Brief overview (4.5 minutes) of the Sermon and also the following miracles of Jesus that show him living out the love he preached about. This is a very brief overview of the Bible story, but it would be good as an introduction or discussion starter as part of a workshop that dove deeper into one aspect of the story. 

"One of Jesus’ sermons is called the Sermon on the Mount. He talked all about God’s love; then he went right out and showed us what God’s love looks like. You can read about it in Matthew 5-7."

God's Story: Sermon on the Mount from Crossroads Kids' Club on Vimeo.

Other things I've done to go along with the Sermon on the Mount:

  • We talked about how Jesus' teachings turned the teachings of the day "upsidedown" ("You have heard that it was said... but I say...). We discussed the way our society says things should be done. I said "upside down" A LOT! We have a gymnast among our kids, so every time I said it, she did a back walkover. She loved being a part of it, and the kids were saying "upside down" so she'd do another one. 
  • We talked about how Jesus' teaching was surprising. Blessed are the meek?! Be kind to mean people?! We did several easy, quick and SURPRISING experiments (I have preschool through 3rd grade all together in one class): made pepper run away, made a needle float, etc. Then I let the kids come up and put a drop of food coloring in a glass of water and tell about a time they might have been tempted to do wrong - get revenge, hit my brother, etc. The water looked dark greenish blue. Then we talked about what the Sermon said to do instead. For each good idea, I poured in bleach. We talked about how it makes us feel to do the right thing, how hard it is, and what things help us (God's word, his promises, friends, etc.). As we talked, the water faded back to clear. (It took a while. Which was part of the point. Sometimes in the moment we don't feel so great about it.)

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