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Our Sunday School offers weekly lessons, crafts, fun and games to all our children.  Annually, we participate in St. Luke's Vocational Bible School and the Lisle Santa Claus Parade.   


But Jesus said,  "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of heaven."

Matthew 19: 14

Children's Prayers & Hymns

    Now I lay me down to sleep
    God Be In My Eyes
    Jesus Loves Me
    Away in a Manger

Bible Stories
    Jesus' Birth
    Daniel & the Lion's Den
    David and Goliath
    Jesus is Risen - Alleluhia!
    Jesus Teaches the Children
    Noah's Ark
    The Good Shepherd
    Jonah & The Whale
    Holy Communion

A Child's Prayer

    Now I lay me down to sleep
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
    If I should die before I wake,
    I pray the Lord my soul to take.  Amen

    God Be In My Eyes
    and in my seeing;
    God be in my ears
    and in my hearing;
    God be in my mouth
    and in my speaking;
    God be in my heart
    and in my loving;
    God be in my hands
    and in my doing.   Amen

Children's Hymns

Jesus Loves Me

    Jesus loves me, this I know;
    for the Bible tells me so;
    little ones for him belong,
    They are weak, but he is strong.

    Yes, JESUS loves me--
    Yes, JESUS loves me--
    Yes, JESUS loves me--
    The Bible tells me so.

    Jesus loves me, he who died
    Heaven's gate to open wide;
    He will wash away my sin,
    Let his little child come in.

    Yes, JESUS loves me--
    Yes, JESUS loves me--
    Yes, JESUS loves me--
    The Bible tells me so.

    Gentle JESUS, with me stay
    Close beside me all the way;
    When at last I come to die
    Take me home with thee on high.

    Yes, JESUS loves me--
    Yes, JESUS loves me--
    Yes, JESUS loves me--
    The Bible tells me so.

Anna B. Warner, 1859

Away in a Manger

    Away in a Manger, no crib for a bed,
    the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
    The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
    the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

    The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
    but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
    I love you, Lord Jesus--look down from on high
    and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

    Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay
    close by me for ever and love me, I pray.
    Bless all the dear children in your tender care,
    and fit us for heaven to live with you there.

Text: American (119th cent.)

Bible Stories

Jesus' Birth
Matthew 1: 18 - 2:21

A young woman named Mary was to marry Joseph, a member of King David's family.  Before they were married, Mary learned she was going to have a baby by God's Holy Spirit. After hearing the news, Joseph decided quietly to call off the wedding.  He did not want to embarrass Mary.

While Joseph thought about his decision, an angel from the Lord appeared in a dream. The angel said that the baby Mary was carrying was from the Holy Spirit and he should go ahead and marry Mary. The angel said Mary would have a son and he should call him Jesus.

After Joseph's dream, he and Mary were soon married, but they did not sleep together until after her baby was born.  Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem before the birth of their son.

Wise Men came to Jerusalem looking for the king of the Jews.  When King Herod heard about this he was worried, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem.  The King asked the Wise Men to go and search for the star and to let him know where the baby was so he too could worship him. The Wise Men listened to the King and then left. The star they had seen in the east continued on ahead and stopped over the place where Jesus lay.  When they saw him they knelt down and worshiped him; they did not go back to tell the King because they were warned in a dream not to.  They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and gave them to him.

Later after the Wise Men had left, an angel appeared to Joseph and told him to take his new son and his Mother to Egypt. Do not return until I tell you to, as Herod is looking for this child and wants to kill him. That night, Joseph took his family to Egypt until after Herod's death.  So as the prophet had said, the Lord's promise came true, to get his Son out of Egypt.

When Herod realized that the Wise Men had tricked him, he got angry and gave orders to his men to kill all young boys age two and under.  Following Herod's death, an angel appeared to Joseph and told him to take his son and his Mother back to Israel.  The people who wanted to kill him are now dead.  When Joseph learned that Herod's son was now ruler, he became afraid and took them to Nazareth instead.  Again, as the Lord promised and the prophet had said, "He will be called a Nazarene."


Daniel & the Lion's Den
Daniel 6:14-24

Daniel was a good young man who loved God. In those days, the King decided to pass a law that said you could only pray to the King.  The King would not allow anyone to pray to God.  If you were caught praying to God, the King would throw you to the lions.

Some citizens found Daniel praying to God and they told the King that Daniel disobeyed his law.  The King did not want to throw Daniel to the lions, but his law as clear.  The King decided that Daniel had broken the law and he punished Daniel by throwing him to hungry lions.

The King's men threw Daniel into the lions' den and rolled a huge rock in the entrance to prevent his escape.

The Bible says the King could not sleep that night.  In the morning, the King rushed to the lions' den and called out to Daniel to see if he was still alive.  Daniel answered: "O King, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, so that they would not hurt me.  God found me to be without blame before him and also before you."

The King commanded his men to roll the rock away.  Everyone saw that Daniel was alive and well.  No harm had come to Daniel, because he loved and trusted the Lord.


David and Goliath
1 Samuel 17: 17-51

David's father sent him to take some food to his brothers and the commander of the Israelite army who were fighting against the Philistines.  David reached the camp and greeted his brothers.  As he talked to them, he heard Goliath, the champion of the Philistine army, challenge a man to fight him.

David wanted to fight Goliath so he asked Saul for permission.  At first Saul said no, because David was only a young boy and Goliath had been a warrior since his youth.  Then David reminded Saul that the Lord had saved him from the paws of lions and bears when he had gone after them to rescue his sheep.  Saul agreed and said:  "Go, and may the Lord be with you!"

So David went into battle to fight goliath.  He wore no armour.  All David took with him was his sling and five smooth stones from the brook.

When Goliath saw David, he was insulted because the Israelites had sent a boy to fight him.  "Am I am dog, that you come to me with sticks?" he asked.

But David remained calm and answered Goliath:  "I come to you in the name of the Lord and the Lord will deliver you into my hand." Then young David took out his sling and stone and aimed it at Goliath.  The stone hit Goliath in the forehead and fell dead to the ground.

When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, the fled.  And the Israelites rejoiced in their victory.


Jesus is Risen - Alleluhia!

Jesus Teaches the Children
Mark 10: 13-16

Jesus was teaching his disciples and when children were brought to him, the disciples spoke to them sharply.  When Jesus saw this, he was angry and said to them Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; all people like these children belong to God's kingdom. 

Jesus said, Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child, will never enter it.  He then took them in his arms, and gave them a blessing, putting his hands on them.





Noah's Ark
Genesis 7:1-9; 17

Noah was a good man and obedient to God.  Noah pleased God, so God chose Noah to build an Ark.  God told Noah to make it strong and big enough for his family and many different kinds of animals that lived on the earth.  God told Noah there was going to be a great flood that would last 40 days and 40 nights.

Noah obeyed God and built the Ark of the finest wood.  The Ark was big enough for Noah, his family and all the animals.  The domestic and wild animals, birds and everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the Ark with Noah.  God shut the door of the Ark to keep them safe.

Then God caused the rain to fall.  The water level rose and soon the Ark was afloat and mountain tops were covered with water.  Inside the Ark, Noah and his family were safe.  They trusted God.

After 40 days and 40 nights, Noah opened the window of the Ark and sent out a raven and then a dove to see if they would return with something from land.  When the dove returned with nothing in its mouth, Noah knew that the water levels were still high.  In seven days, Noah sent out the dove again.  This time, the dove brought back a fresh green olive branch.  Noah waited another seven days.  For the third time, Noah sent out the dove.  This time, the dove did not return, so Noah knew there was dry land close by.

Finally, God told Noah to leave the Ark.  Noah opened the door of the Ark and two by two, the animals ran freely to live and multiply on the earth.

Noah praised God.  God promised Noah that he would never destroy every living creature again, even it some people do evil things in the world.

The Good Shepherd

Jonah & The Whale
Jonah 1 and 2

Joan disobeyed God and tried to run away.  He hid himself in a ship but God hurled a great wind upon the sea and a mighty storm tossed the ship about.  Jonah knew that God had sent the storm because he was displeased with him.

Joan told the sailors to throw him into the sea, because Jonah knew that the sea would calm down when he was no longer aboard.  The sailors did not want to throw Jonah into the high waves because they feared he would dies.  Finally, to save themselves and their ship, they threw Jonah overboard as he had asked them to do.

Immediately, the sea grew calm.  But what happened to Jonah?  God sent a whale to swallow Jonah, but not to eat him.  Jonah was inside the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.  While Jonah was inside the whale's dark stomach, Jonah prayed to God and offered his praise and thanks to him.

God hear Jonah's prayer and made the whale spew Jonah out upon the dry land.  After God spoke to Jonah a second time, Jonah obeyed God and he went to Ninevah to tell the people the message God had told him.

Holy Communion