440. Psalm 150 - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great program with 14 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

Lots of fun and useful games, prayer ideas and activities that you can use within your Sunday school class on Psalm 150

You can download the complete PDF file below.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

438. Psalm 150 - Thank you paper chain


Dear God, I am really thankful for...

In Psalm 150 the writer calls us to praise God. When we praise God we are also thanking him for who he is and what he does. What are we thankful for? Do we tell God that we are thankful? Let’s make a paper chain of all sorts of things that we are thankful for.

Make sure you have lots of strips of coloured paper. Ask the children to write up as many things as possible that they are thankful for, one thing per piece of paper. Make a paper chain of the strips of paper.

Paper Chain to thank God with

You can make a game of it, to see how many things the children can think of in a certain time. You can help them by asking them questions, like:

- What are you grateful for at school, at home, or on the street?
- What are you good at? Can you thank God for these things?

Close with a short prayer to thank God for everything that we are grateful for. 

What do you need: 

- Coloured strips of paper
- Crayons or pens
- Stapler or cellotape

 

 

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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437. Psalm 150 - Hallelujah tag


Hallelujah - I cannot stop singing to the Lord

Play a game of tag, and ask everyone to sing a song together while they are playing. Sing a Chistian song that everyone knows. One of the children is the tagger. If you’ve been tagged, then you have to stop singing and stand still. If one of the other 'free' children tags you free, you shout 'Hallelujah' and you start singing again.

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Depending on the group you can explain the meaning of 'Hallelujah' before or after the game. Hallelujah means: I have to sing to the Lord. It's like I cannot stop!

Read Psalm 150 together with the children. Do you think that the author of Psalm 150 was able to stop with singing to the Lord?

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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436. Psalm 150 - A present for Him


Do you think God likes presents?

Psalm 150 is like a present that the writer gives to God. Divide the group into groups of three children. One of the children in each group is going to be the present. The other two are going to wrap him or her up as a present. Which group has wrapped up their present first? The present is finished when you can’t see any part of the child, and there’s a lovely ribbon around it. Which group is quickest?

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What do you need:

- Wrapping paper
- Cellotape
- Scissors
- Ribbon to tie round the present

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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435. Psalm 150 - Why do we sing for him?


It pleases God when we sing for him

The psalmist writes that it pleases God when we sing for him. It’s good to think about who God is and what he means to us, and then to tell him this in a song.

But it’s not only pleasing to God when we sing for him. It is also important to us. God is invisible. You can’t see God, and if you can’t see something, it’s hard to forget that it is there. It’s the same with God. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that God is there, because we can’t see him. By singing about him and to him, he becomes more visible to us.

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Take a large sheet of paper. Ask the children for words to describe God. For example, great, loving, patient, faithful. Write these words with a candle on the paper. You should hardly be able to see them, if at all.

What happens when we sing about God and for him? Take a thick brush and paint over the words with watercolour paint. The letters become visible.  Our words about God have become visible. This is also how it works when we sing about God. For a little while we make him visible to us. It helps us to remember who he is for us. 

What do you need:

- A3 paper
- candles
- watercolour paint
- brushes
- pots of water

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

434. Psalm 150 - A song of praise


With what you say you can praise someone to heaven or bring someone down with what you say.

Read psalm 150 together from a children’s Bible. What do you think of this song? 

Ask a child (someone who dares!) to stand on the chair. Now they are above the group. Imagine that the song was being sung for you...

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Read the psalm but put the name of the child in the place of the words ‘Lord’ or ‘him’. What does that feel like? What happens to them? Do they feel bigger or smaller? They’re probably shining with pleasure. Talk further about how you can bring someone down with what you say. What sort of things do you say then?

Read Psalm 150 again. What sort of song is this? Who is being made larger here? This sort of song is called a song of praise. We sing songs of praise to show that we are happy with who God is and what he does. We put him as it were on a chair and say ‘We think you are important’. 

What do you need:

- A chair

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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433. Psalm 150 - Let's write a new psalm

Time for Psalm 151

The writer of psalm 150 sings this song for God and encourages others to sing for God. He gives the psalm to God as a gift as it were. The song, the singing, and the music is not just any old song. It is a present for Him.

Divide the children into small groups and ask them to write a song or a rap for God. A psalm 151! The groups can take turns to read, sing or rap their song.  

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What do you need:

- Pen and paper

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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432. Psalm 150 - Crow, bark, bleat, moo for the Lord?


Can animals worship God as well?

Read psalm 150 together. Look together at the sentence ‘Everything that is alive praise the Lord’. How do animals sing for the Lord?  Would they be allowed to crow, bark, bleat and moo for the Lord?

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A few things you could do with this are:

Animal noise game:

You need: a room that you can make dark.

Make sure the room is dark. Ask the children to hide in it.  Each child chooses their own animal noise. Get them to make their noise while they are hidden. One child has to ‘listen’ the others out of hiding. If they guess which animal it is and who is making the sound, then that child will have to come out of hiding.

Guess the animal:

You need: a cd with animal noises, or an app with animal sounds on a phone. Use the sounds of the mammals.

Ask the children to guess which animal they are going to listen to. Give them 10 sounds and ask them to list what they have heard. 

 

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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431. Psalm 150 - Everything that has breath...


Do you know if something is alive or lifeless?

In psalm 150 the psalmist sings ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’, ‘Let everything that is alive praise the Lord’. Who/what is alive?
 
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Bring some things with you and ask the children to guess if they are alive or not. You can also bring pictures/photos. Don’t make it too easy for them. Which things are dead, alive, or have ever lived? How could they sing for God?
 
- a fossil
- a seed from a plant
- some moss
- a piece of coral
- air in a bag
- water in a glass
- blue cheese
Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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430. Psalm 150 - My heart is shaking


Music gets you moving - an object lesson

Cut the bottom off a balloon and stretch it over a strong plastic cup so that you get a taught membrane. Put a few grains of rice on the membrane. Ask the children to put the plastic cup on a loudspeaker and turn on the music. The grains of rice will start to shake.

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Talk together about how music gets you moving. Sometimes literally – shaking your body, maybe wriggling your bottom! Sometimes something happens inside; you get touched – maybe you feel happy, or even sad. The music is getting you moving.

Read psalm 150 together. This is also really a song. We don’t know how the music went or what the tune was, but this is the text. Who is the song being sung for? Why would you sing this song? Which feelings go with this song?

What do you need:

- Balloons
- Rice
- Loudspeaker
- Strong plastic cups

 

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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429. Psalm 150 - Making an instrument


Let's make some music together

Read psalm 150 together. The writer encourages us to sing for God and to make music for God. We’re going to do exactly that – we’re going to make an instrument.

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You can make many different instruments. You can have the children make the same instruments or all sorts of different ones. You can also give older children a harder challenge. You could also make small groups of children that can form a ‘band’. Then they can also think together about which instruments they need to make for the band.

Options to make:

- Drums
- Guitar
- Bottles filled with water
- Pan flute
- Samba balls
- Tambourine

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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428. Psalm 150 - The music machine drama/action game


Let's become a music machine 

Together you are going to become a music machine. Get everyone to sit in a circle.

Read psalm 150 aloud. In the text you’ll see that the writer encourages us to use everything to make music; clapping, singing, using instruments. We’re going to have a time of celebration for the Lord.

Start simply, by clapping a rhythm with your hands and get the rest of the group to join in.

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Then encourage them to add another rhythm or sound in turn; the leader starts with a simple rhythm, then the child next to them adds something to it; another rhythm or a simple tune, or a whistle. Try to make it as nice sounding as possible. You could make it a little more complicated for the older children, by asking them to add a movement to their sound, in which they tap their neighbour so that he or she knows when they have to start making their sound. 

At the end ask the children to look around them in the room to see what else they could use to make music for God. 

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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427. Psalm 150 - A visiting musician


A musical mystery guest

Ask a musician in the church to come and tell the children about playing music and singing for God. Encourage the children to ask them questions.

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If you have a keyboard player visiting you, it might be fun to ask them to let the children hear that there are all sorts of other instruments in the keyboard. You can then refer them to the text in the psalm and find out what a flute or trumpet sounds like on the keyboard.

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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426. Psalm 150 - New instruments


Let's create some noise

This is an activity that has to suit you as club leaders. It needs someone who is practical and who can help the children to use the tools safely. If that’s not you, you can always ask someone to come and help you of course. It’s good to have made some examples beforehand to give the children an idea of the sort of things they can make.  Don’t make it too difficult. Just by hitting an empty can with a wooden stick you get a good musical instrument.
 
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Together with the children, and using the things you have brought with you, make some new instruments that they can use to make music. Challenge them to be creative with what you have brought with you.
 

What do you need:

- All sorts of old material/rubbish, such as bits of piping/tubing, garden hose, tops of beer bottles, nails, cans, empty milk cartons etc.
- Tools such as duct tape, a saw, a drill, scissors etc.
 
Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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425. Psalm 150 - Happy, angry, sad


Lots of different feeling in the Psalms

Show the children the Bible and ask for their help in finding Psalm 150.

Psalm 150 is the last song in the book of Psalms. So there are lots of songs in the book of Psalms – 150 in total!

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These songs are all about God, but they are all different. One song might be about someone who is really sad, and another about someone who is really happy, or angry.

Read Psalm 150 together: read it once on your own with a neutral voice. Tell the children that we’re going to do some drama today. Make sure that you have (part of) Psalm 150 written up on the flipover so that everyone can read it.

The children can now take turns to choose one of the cards that you have prepared, with different emotions written on them. Then ask them to read the text with the emotion that’s written on their card. Ask the other children to guess which emotion it it. At the end, once everyone has had a turn, ask the children which emotion fits with Psalm 150. Why do they think this? Why do they think it’s the last psalm?

What do you need:

- A flipover with (part of) Psalm 150 written up on it
- Cards with various emotions on them (happy, sad, nervous, scared, in love etc)
- The Bible

Time:

15 – 20 minutes

Scripture reference: Psalm 150
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250. Picture Cards - helping children to worship God in a new way


Worshipping God with children and teenagers

What is worship?  Very often when we take a hard look at our children's ministry we have to come to the conclusion that  the only way that we teach children to worship God is through singing. 'Worship equals singing' and 'singing equals worship'.

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But what do you do when you have some children in your Sunday school, kids ministry, kids club, etc who don't like singing? Who even refuse to sing? Who will boycot any attempt to singing by making jokes, funny movements or funny sounds?

Yes, this has all happened to me in the past! Can I help these children or teenagers to worship even though they won't sing?

I think we can...

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, small churches,

Scripture reference:

Isaiah 25:1, Exodus 23:25, Psalm 150:6, Acts 16:25, John 4:24, Psalm 103:1,1 Chronicles, 16:34, Psalm 63:1, Psalm 71:8, Habakkuk 3:17-18, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Psalm 68:4-5, 2 Samuel 7:22, Romans 11:36, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Romans 14:11, Psalm 42:11, Psalm 105:1, Psalm 143:6, 1 Samuel 2:2, Psalm 66:17, Psalm 16:2, James 3:10, Daniel 4:37, Psalm 95:6, Ephesians 3:20-21, Revelation 5:13, Psalm 116:1-2, Psalm 19:1, Psalm 108:3, Psalm 28:7, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Psalm 31:3, Psalm 145, Matthew 5:15-16, Psalm 13:5-6, Psalm 119:7, Psalm 63:3-4, Psalm 24:10, Philippians 4:20, Psalm 71:23, Acts 2:21, Psalm 42:8, Isaiah 12:4, Psalm 73:25, Psalm 115:1, 2 Peter 3:18, Psalm 34:1, Daniel 2:23, Romans 15:7, Matthew 21:9, Luke 2:20, Romans 10:13, Psalm 108:5, Psalm 68:19, Psalm 145:1, Job 1:20-21, Colossians 3:16, Acts 13:2, 1 Timothy 2:9-10, Psalm 9:1, Psalm 79:9, 2 Timothy 4:18, Luke 2:14,

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249. The Junk Drawer - helping children to worship God in a new way


Worshipping God is more than singing songs

What a strange combination in this title! Is it really possible to combine the word 'junk' with worshipping God? In this specific case I think you can!

What is worship?  Very often when we take a hard look at our children's ministry we have to come to the conclusion that  the only way that we teach children to worship God is through singing. 'Worship equals singing' and 'singing equals worship'

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But what do you do when you have some boys (or even girls) in your Sunday school, kids ministry, kids club, etc who don't like singing? Who even refuse to sing? Who will boycot any attempt to singing by making jokes, funny movements or funny sounds?

Yes, this has all happened to me in the past! Can we help these children or teenagers to worship even though they won't sing?

I think we can...

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, youth group. teenagers, small churches

Scripture reference:

Isaiah 25:1, Exodus 23:25, Psalm 150:6, Acts 16:25, John 4:24, Psalm 103:1,1 Chronicles, 16:34, Psalm 63:1, Psalm 71:8, Habakkuk 3:17-18, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Psalm 68:4-5, 2 Samuel 7:22, Romans 11:36, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Romans 14:11, Psalm 42:11, Psalm 105:1, Psalm 143:6, 1 Samuel 2:2, Psalm 66:17, Psalm 16:2, James 3:10, Daniel 4:37, Psalm 95:6, Ephesians 3:20-21, Revelation 5:13, Psalm 116:1-2, Psalm 19:1, Psalm 108:3, Psalm 28:7, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Psalm 31:3, Psalm 145, Matthew 5:15-16, Psalm 13:5-6, Psalm 119:7, Psalm 63:3-4, Psalm 24:10, Philippians 4:20, Psalm 71:23, Acts 2:21, Psalm 42:8, Isaiah 12:4, Psalm 73:25, Psalm 115:1, 2 Peter 3:18, Psalm 34:1, Daniel 2:23, Romans 15:7, Matthew 21:9, Luke 2:20, Romans 10:13, Psalm 108:5, Psalm 68:19, Psalm 145:1, Job 1:20-21, Colossians 3:16, Acts 13:2, 1 Timothy 2:9-10, Psalm 9:1, Psalm 79:9, 2 Timothy 4:18, Luke 2:14,

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146. Using grass seed to teach kids the meaning of ‘AMEN’

Introduction:
Picture this; today the group of children are extra rowdy. Maybe it's the weather. I don’t know...

It is time to start the children’s programme. Of course we will open and close with a prayer. But as usual it takes ages for the children to quieten down. Although they quieten down a little during the prayer, as soon as I say amen, they all explode into sound and movement.

To them, 'amen' means that the long prayer of thirty seconds is finally finished. We can act normally again!

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This behaviour intrigues me. No, lets be honest; it annoys me a bit. Amen doesn’t mean ‘The End', as in a film.  It doesn't mean that we can make lots of noise again. Amen means ‘So be it' or 'I agree’. It is a promise and a hope that God agrees with our prayer.

But how can we create a change so that the children no longer think amen means we can act normally again? How can we help them realise that it means that God agrees with our prayer and that He will answer it?

So we came up with a plan...

A plan that involved grass seed and a plastic container filled with a layer of soil.
A plan that changed their perspective of amen for a while.

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138. The call of Abram (12) - Let’s build an altar together (2)

Introduction:
After arriving in the promised land the first thing Abram did, was to build an altar of stones. It was an altar of thanksgiving and of worship. Today we are going to build our own altar of thanksgiving and worship to God.

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137. The call of Abram (11) - Let’s build an altar together (1)

Introduction:
After arriving in the promised land the first thing Abram did was to build an altar of stones. It was an altar of thanksgiving and of worship. Today we are going to build our own altar of thanksgiving and worship to God.

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