This parable can seem a bit strange at face value, especially as we communicate it with kids. Why are these women waiting for their groom? Why would a light need oil? And what’s a virgin, anyway? The goal of communication here is to remind students how important it is to be aware of the closeness of Christ. We prepare for His eventual return at the Second Coming, and recognize we don’t know when that will take place. Meanwhile, we recognize that He is present with us at all times, and we want to act accordingly, demonstrating love for one another and for Him.
Use these free Bible lesson to teach kids in your Sunday School class about being ready for Christ’s return. We’ve included complete teaching plans, game suggestions, craft ideas, and bonus coloring page. Simply download the PDF files below.
Matthew 25:1-12 Sunday School Lessons
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More Teaching Help on the Return of Christ
- You can watch a teaching demonstration of this children’s sermon on our YouTube
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- Compare the Matthew 25:1-12 children’s sermon from rfour.org
- Read background information on the Parable of the Ten Virgins
Bible Object Lesson Example
Use this free children’s Sermon and object lesson when teaching from Matthew 25:1-12, the Parable of the Ten Virgins. Download our message notes below, gather your teaching props, and watch the demonstration video below as you prepare for your Sunday School or Kids Church.
Sunday School Craft on Matthew 25:1-12
These craft ideas will supplement your Bible teaching on the passage in Matthew 25:1-12 where Jesus tells the Parable of the Ten Waiting Ladies. Use it in your children’s church or Sunday School when teaching about being ready for Jesus to come back.
Bible Verses/story to Reference: Matthew 25:1-12
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. -Matthew 25:1-12