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These multi-age Bible study lesson plans can assist you in reaching and teaching multiple age groups all together. Whether you are a small church or a family studying together, each includes options for all ages including preschoolers, elementary age children, teens and adults.
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These Bible study lesson plans follow a pattern of 3 X 3 to lead a group through a Book of the Bible.
First choose a Book and then a smaller section to study each time. You may want to use a chapter each time or a smaller section by following the headings within each chapter. For instance, if we began with the Book of 1 John, the first chapter is divided into three smaller topical sections: Introduction (verses 1-4), Walk in the Light (verses 5-7) and Confession of Sin (verses 9-10).
This process will look different for each age, but any age can be included. Give each person, no matter how small, a copy of the text you will be studying. It is important for each to be included no matter their actual age capabilities. For this reason, these Bible study lesson plans are helpful to use with mentally handicapped participants too.
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete."
Even these little ones can hold a copy of the text you've printed and color or mark on the sheet. This helps them actively feel like they are a part of the group.
It doesn't matter if the can read yet; they will be hearing the Word of God and seeing the words.
Before hand, you may want to even circle the main words you will be emphasizing and then they can color in the circles with various colors. For older preschoolers they can draw a picture to go with the text.
When you read certain phrases have preschoolers repeat the word or words back to you. You will be surprised at what they will remember when you do this!
Listening is an important skill for these little ones to practice. Give them a primary word to listen for as you read. Have them clap, stand, or do another action whenever they hear the word or phrase as you read the text aloud.
These 3X3 Bible study lesson plans can be used any time, any where, for any group. They are flexible and allow for participation of any age. For this reason these are great for multiple age groups at church or for families at home.
The following passages are great places to start with this Bible study lesson plans format:
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