1 John Sunday School Lesson


We learn that we love because God first loved us.

Ice Breaker

Get a bowl and towel. Take your shoes and socks of and ask if anyone want to wash my sweaty feet.

Bring out some muddy shoes, a shoe brush and polish and see if anyone wants to clean the shoes.

Ask them why not?

Jesus, who was at God’s right hand, came to earth and lived among us and served.
At the last supper, he insisted on washing all of the disciples feet.
He said that he came to serve and not to be served.
He loved his disciples to the end.
He has shown his great love for us by dying for our sins that we might be made right with God.

Bible Card

  • Author: John
  • Type: Letter
  • Written: Between 60 and 95 AD
  • No. Chapters: 5
  • N.T. Book No.:23

What is the most famous verse in the bible? John 3v16.
But have you read 1 John 3v16. Have one of the children read it out.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

Also get someone else to read 1 John 4v19. “We love because He first loved us.”

We learned from Zephaniah’s lesson that We are loved from God.
From 1 John, we learn that we love others as a result of being loved by God.

How do we show our love to others?
Get suggestions from the children.

Also look at 1 John 1v7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” Explore what does this verse means.


Make a ‘Hands on Heart’ Collage.
Draw a giant heart on a large piece of card.
Put out different colours of poster paint and brushes.

Let the children paint the hands and let them all put their own hand print on the heart.
Write phrases such as ‘Be Kind’ on the poster.

On the poster, paint in coloured letters and paste on: “1 John 4 v 19: We love because God loved us first”. This version is from the children’s bible that I use.


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