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Updated on November 27, 2017 by Greg Gudorf Greg Gudorf

5 Great Movies and TV Series for Sunday School Lessons

If you teach Sunday School to little ones, you might notice that this time of year brings a lot of excitement and energy. While there are so many great Bible stories to learn about, it can be hard for a classroom of children to focus on traditional Sunday School lessons. Instead of wearing yourself out, try using scripture-based entertainment. Movies can tell Bible stories in a way that captures your students’ attention and sticks with them year-round. Here are some of the best for your next class.

“Bugtime Adventures: A Lot to Swallow”

Bugtime Adventures Intro Screen Shot | Pure Flix

The “Bugtime Adventures” series on PureFlix.com offers 13 stories from the Bible. Episode 1, "A Lot to Swallow", is a fun twist on the well-known Bible story of Jonah and The Whale. When three bugs find themselves trapped in Jonah’s sack, they must come together to find freedom. Along the journey, they learn lessons about helping others—including your enemies—asking for mercy, and following God’s plan. After the episode is over, reinforce what your students learned with the “Jonah and The Whale” activity book, available free from PureFlix.com.

Watch “Bugtime Adventures Episode 1: A Lot to Swallow” →

“Jesus: He Lived Among Us”

Jesus He Lived Among Us Screen Shot | Pure Flix

During the holidays, you may have students who don’t attend church any other time of the year. Make the most of your brief time with them by showing them this movie about the life and ministry of Jesus, told from the Apostle John’s point of view. Cartoon animation and high-quality narration draws children into the story of the Savior’s life, death, and resurrection.

Watch “Jesus: He Lived Among Us” →

“VeggieTales: Penniless Princess”

VeggieTales Screen Shot | Pure Flix

For young audiences who need a light-hearted tale with a positive message, this VeggieTales film tells the story of Sarah Krewe, who goes from having everything a veggie could want to being penniless and alone. Our favorite cast of characters help Sarah find her true identity in God and learn everyone deserves kindness, no matter who they are or how many things they have. It’s perfect for the holiday season, when parents are teaching children to value character above material possessions.

Watch “VeggieTales: Penniless Princess” →

“Animated Stories from the Old Testament – Creation to Moses”

Animated Stories from the Old Testament Screen Shot | Pure Flix

When you only have a short time for your lesson, use this 26-minute film to take your students back in time to the early days of scripture. When the main character, Jon, reluctantly starts researching his Bible study assignment, he is whisked into his computer where he is taken on an adventure through the Bible. The stories of creation, Noah, Abraham, and Moses and more come alive in this animated tale while highlighting the lesson of God’s faithful love for all of His people.

Watch “Animated Stories from the Old Testament – Creation to Moses” →

“VeggieTales: Esther”

Veggie Tales Esther Screen Shot | Pure Flix

VeggieTales tells the story of the girl who became queen and teaches children they can trust God to protect them when they follow His word. When the king picks Esther as his favorite, she must stand up for her people to keep them from being banished to the island of perpetual tickling. Teachers can underscore thankfulness both for family and for God’s support during difficult times.

Watch “VeggieTales: Esther” →

Pure Flix offers a wide variety of children’s entertainment. Whether you’re planning Sunday School lessons, searching for positive entertainment at home, or looking for fresh ways to engage children, visit PureFlix.com to access free resources that help you strengthen their faith and learn more about God’s Word.

Jonah and the Whale Call-to-Action | Pure Flix

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