Preschool Sunday School Review {John the Baptist foretold}

The Birth of John the Baptist is foretold to Zechariah  

Target Age: 4-5 years old

Scripture: Luke 1:1-25, 57-67 with special emphasis on verses 13 and 14

Focus: John would have the important job of preparing a way for Jesus among God's people. God had a plan for John's life before he was conceived, and the same is true for you and me.

Lesson: Open your Bible to Luke 1. I paraphrased the story with special emphasis using the summary from Mission Arlington. You can fin their entire lesson plans (which include plans for older children) at their site



Our story starts off with two people. Their names were Zechariah and Elizabeth. They

had been married a long time, but did not have any children. Both of them loved God very

much and did things just like God wanted them to.

One day Zechariah had a job to do inside of the church. While he was in there, he received

a special visitor. Who do you think it was? An angel! Zechariah had never seen an angel

before, so he was afraid.

The angel said, “Do not be afraid! God has heard your prayers. You and your wife are

going to have a son. You are to name him John. God will use John to do an important job. He

will tell the people that God’s Son, Jesus, is coming.”

Ohh, wow, this was great news for Zechariah. What do you think Zechariah said? He

asked the angel, “How do I know that this will really happen? Both my wife and I are very

old.” Hmm, sounds like Zechariah does not believe the angel.

The angel said to him, “My name is Gabriel. I spend every day with God. He sent me

to tell you this good news. Since you did not believe me, you will not be able to talk until the

baby is born.”

That means he won’t be able to talk for nine whole months! That is the same amount of

time you go to school!

Finally nine months had passed and the baby was born. All of their neighbors and relatives

were very excited for them. They told Elizabeth that they should name him after his father.

What name did the angel say to give the baby? Yes, John. Elizabeth immediately spoke

up, “No! He will be named John.” They looked at her like she was crazy. They said, “No one

in either of your families has that name.”

So they decided to see what Zechariah wanted to do. They made signs with their hands

to ask him. Zechariah grabbed something to write on and wrote, “His name is John.” At that

moment, Zechariah was able to speak again. What do you think was the first thing he did? He

praised God!

John was born before Jesus was. God wanted John to tell all the people to be ready because

Jesus was going to make a way for them to get to Heaven. God had made a promise

that He would send His Son. The people had been waiting for many years. So John helped the

people to know that the time was coming.

Did you know God has a plan and a job for you? God cared about John and He cares

about you too. How do you find out what that plan and job is? Let's read 1 Peter 3:15 to find out.


Memory Verse: 1 Peter 3:15 ESV

But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in you.

God's plan for us is to honor Jesus as Lord in our hearts!

Pray: Thank God for each of the children by name. Thank him for knowing them and having a plan for their lives.


Game: Charades

Supplies: notecards, pen, willing participants

Write each of the following on separate notecards for the kids to choose from.


Zechariah was afraid of the angel

Gabriel said Zechariah couldn't speak

Elizabeth was going to have a baby

Zechariah praised God

Have one student stand in front of the group and choose a card. Whisper in their ear what the card says and give a few hints for acting in out. Sit down with the rest of the class and aid in their guessing. The first person to guys what was on the card gets to do the next charades.

My group really loved this game, although their shyness made it hard to guess a few of them. But they were all willing to try, which I was happy about. You can tell they are all very comfortable with each other!


Craft: "God knows my name" plates

Supplies: Cardboard cut into 12x5 pieces, marker, Elmer's glue, glitter, thin craft sticks

Write each child's name on a piece of cardboard, large and in all caps. Write the verse 1 Peter 3:15 on the back of each nameplate. Explain to the kids that God knew their name even before their mommies and daddies did - even before their mommies or daddies knew anything about them at all! And God has a plan for their lives, just like he did John's life.

Have the child trace their name in glue and add glitter. Then they will trace around the border of their nameplate in glue and cover with craft sticks to make it look like a frame.

We told ourselves as we were doing this craft that messy crafts are the greatest!


Review game: Musical Circles

Supplies: yarn strands, cd player, cd

Use the yarn to create three or four large circles on the floor. Turn on the music. The kids dance around outside the circles while the music is playing. When the music stops, they jump into the nearest circle. The last person into a circle answers a review question about the story.

As the kids were leaving the room I asked them, "who knew your name before your mommy? {God!} Who has a plan for your life? {God!}


Thanks for visiting tonight! I hope this lesson blesses you and your little ones!