Memory Lane: Sunday School songs

Lately I’ve had nostalgic memories of the Sunday School songs I sang as a child. For years as I was participating in Children’s Ministry regularly I sang lots of them regularly, but the last while I have not heard them. I have great memories of Richard K leading us kids in Kids Church or Wednesday nights – I hope my kids have similar experience, and hope their childhood songs aren’t just confined to “child like” versions of Hillsongs – not that these new fangled songs are bad, I just like the classics!

In no particular order, here’s a list of some favorites I remember – anyone else want to add your favorite?
1. Twelve Men Went To Spy On Canaan
2. Roll the gospel chariot along
3. Please don’t smoke (this song had huge ramifications for the gospel)
4. I’ve got the Victory
5. Deep & Wide
6. Away far over Jordan
7. I May Never March in the infantry
8. If you’re happy and you know it
9. My God Is So Big
10. Zaccheus was a wee little man

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54 Responses to Memory Lane: Sunday School songs

  1. John says:

    Ha Ha, folk songs.

    Those songs were the best.

    Thanks for the trip.

    John

  2. Pamela says:

    The Colour Song was one of my favorites although the title is not so original!

  3. Tim says:

    That’s a good one Pam – not a creative title and if I remember right the actions were hurtin’ too…

  4. Aim says:

    We do alot of these songs in our church today although I don’t recognize songs 2,4 and 6.

  5. I’m looking for the name and lyrics to an old Sunday School song with these lyrics in it. Can anyone help?
    How deep is the ocean, how wide is the sky?

  6. Paul says:

    WIDE, WIDE AS THE OCEAN
    High as the heavens above
    Deep, deep as the deepest sea
    Is my Savour’s love;
    I, though so unworthy,
    Still I’m a child of his care;
    For his word teaches me
    That his love reaches me
    Ev-’ry’where.

    I have trouble at a Fundamentalist Chistian Sunday Schools when I hear about the infinite love of Jesus they describe in this song, and then hear later in the sermon for adults that this love somehow doesn’t reach down to Fundamentalist Muslims.

  7. Justin says:

    Paul,

    I’m from a Christian church, and am the leader of our children’s sunday school song time of which we sing this song. However, I think your a bit mistaken. As Christians we believe that God’s love DOES reach everyone, everywhere. Be it muslims, christians, catholics, murders, good people, mean people, etc etc etc. It’s not a matter of God’s love not reaching them – Jesus died for ALL, and loves ALL. You might be thinking about salvation where yes, although we don’t know about anyone else, we can say from our perspective they will not go to Heaven as their way of believing you get there is wrong. It’ not about God not loving them, we believe that with all our hearts which is why we preach how important it is to share with them that God does love them, and the correct way God said you get to Heaven. Just wanted to clear that up for you…

    Have a nice day! God bless..

  8. Mark-Anthony Rector says:

    Hey you wouldn’t happen to know the lyrics to Stop and Go?
    Stop and let me tell you what the Lord has done for me..

    The the other part

    Go and tell the story of the one who died for me….

    We used to have Sign when we sang stop, you held up the red sign, and sang the verse, when time came for the Go, nd tell, you flipped the sign around, and sang

    Go and tell the story of the Christ of Calvary…

    • DONNA JOHNSON says:

      STOP AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE FOR ME
      STOP AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE FOR ME
      HE FORGAVE MY SIN AND HE SAVE MY SOUL
      HE CLEANSED MY HEART AND HE MADE ME WHOLE
      STOP AND LET ME TELL YOU, WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE FOR ME

      GO AND TELL THE STORY OF THE CHRIST OF CALVARY
      GO AND TELL THE STORY OF THE CHRIST OF CALVARY
      HE WILL FORGIVE THEIR SINS, HE WILL SAVE THEIR SOULS
      HE WILL CLEANSE THEIR HEARTS, HE WILL MAKE THEM WHOLE
      GO AND TELL THE STORY OF THE CHRIST OF CALVARY

      WE SING THIS SONG IN CHILD EVANGELISM FELLOWSHIP
      GOOD NEWS CLUBS IN THE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS IN THE
      PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. I AM A
      GOOD NEWS CLUB BIBLE TEACHER. I ALSO WRITE MELODIES
      FOR BIBLE VERSES AND PRODUCE A CD FOR THE CHILDREN
      TO MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO LEARN THEIR MEMORY VERSES.
      YOU CAN LISTEN TO A FEW OF THE VERSES ON OUR WEBSITE,
      WHICH IS: CEFofSFV and click on MEDIA. YOU WILL FIND
      ME THERE SINGING SOME OF THE VERSES. I ALSO HAVE RECORDED
      SOME CEF SONGS ALSO. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A CD, LET ME KNOW,
      AND I WILL SEND ONE TO YOU.

      • Alynn says:

        I’m in Costa Mesa and trying to find a source for those song “board books”. Any ideas.

        I remember a bible song, a rocket song and others, would Love to see what’s available.

        Thanks.

      • Lori says:

        Thank you, I have been searching everywhere for the workd I learned ofer 40 years ago. Do you remember the signs we use to have in Good News Clubs?

      • Alan Arneson says:

        My wife is leading the opening time at VBS next week in our church and is switching up some of the theme songs (that are not real good musically) with some old favorites that fit in.

        You helped us here with the stop Sign Song. We could get the words right to Watch and Go. But what the words to “One Way” and “Yield”? I will check back. Thanks!

  9. Tim says:

    Sorry Mark-Anthony – I don’t actually know that one.

  10. Laura says:

    A friend is looking for the second verse of ABCDEFG Jesus died for you and me.

    She (and I) remember there was a second verse and you did the alphabet backwards. Anyone remember that?

  11. Cheryl says:

    ZYX and WV
    God is watching over me
    UTSRQPO
    Jesus loves me this I know, that’s so
    NMLKJ and I
    I will meet Him in the sky
    HGFE
    God has promised my
    DCBA
    I’ll be with Him someday

  12. Laura says:

    Thanks for the alphabet song,

    Her is GO
    Go and tell the story of the Christ of Calvary
    Go and tell the story of the Christ of Calvary
    He will forgive your sins He will save your soul
    He will cleanse your hearts He will make you whole
    Go and tell the story of the Christ of Calvary

    And another verse WATHC
    Watch and be ready for the Lord may come today
    Watch and be ready for the Lord may come today
    He will come some day in the clouds for me
    To take me home to eternity
    Watch and be ready for the Lord may come today

  13. Laura says:

    Sorry for the spelling errors in the post.
    Here is GO (is the first line)
    And another verse WATCH (is the beginning of the second part)

  14. Kathy says:

    I have been looking for a song I sang as a child which was over 50 years ago. The lyrics are:
    Love one another,
    Love one another,
    This is the happy way,
    Love one another.

    another verse is:

    Serve one another,
    Serve one another,
    This is the happy way,
    Serve one another.

    Any ideas as to where I can find this song?

  15. Sara says:

    Anyone know the lyrics to “Two Little Fishes and FIve Loaves of Bread? I’m teaching the story tomorrow and I know the kids would love to hear the song too. I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the internet

    • Melissa says:

      Thank you, Sara. I thought I was going CRAZY! No one else seems to remember that song. I know I used to sing it, but cannot remember the lyrics! I am a Sunday School teacher myself now and would love to find the lyrics to teach my little ones.

      • Violet says:

        Two little fishes and five loaves of bread. With this little bit of food the multitudes were fed. Who else but the son of God could do as people said? With two little fishes and five loaves of bread.

      • Doug Kuriger says:

        To add to Violet’s reply:
        Ten thousand people on the shores of Galilee, listened as The Savior spoke and taught them patiently. Who else but the Son of God could do this, people said, with two little fishes and five loaves of bread?

  16. Terra Ayres says:

    Anybody know the lyrics to the song about the spies,
    something like “Twelve went down to spy on Canaan,
    Ten were bad and two were good.
    What did they see when they got to Canaan?”
    …and I forget the rest…
    maybe… “Some saw giants 10 feet tall,
    some saw ……….
    some saw the Lord who ruled it all
    And some were bad and two were good.”

    • Jim P. says:

      Twelve men went to spy on Canaan, Ten were bad and two were good.
      What do you think they saw in Canaan? Ten were bad and two were good.
      Some saw Giants big and strong, some saw grapes with clusters long.
      Some saw God was in it all, Ten were bad and two were good.

  17. Tim says:

    I posted the lyrics as I remember then Terra.

  18. Jess says:

    I like the Countdown song:
    Somewhere in outer space
    God has prepared a place
    For those who trust him and obey.
    Jesus will come again
    And, though we don’t know when,
    The countdown’s getting lower every day.
    10 and 9, 8 and 7
    6 and 5 and 4.
    Call upon the Savior while you may.
    3 and 2, coming through
    The clouds in bright array.
    The countdown’s getting lower every day.

  19. Carolyn says:

    There’s a song that I think is called “In God’s Green Pastures” doesanyone know it. The only line I remember is that at one point somone sings “Waters cool” and then there’s a response to it. I know the tune but not the lyrics.

    • Donna Rae Johnson says:

      I have the words and music to “In God’s Green Pastures Feeding”
      I can send you the music if you want it. This song is sung in a “Round” during the chorus.
      In God’s green pastures feeding, by His cool waters lie;
      Soft, in the evening walk my Lord and I.
      All the sheep of His pastures fare so wondrously fine…. His sheep am I
      chorus:
      Waters cool, pastures green,
      In the eve……….ning walk my Lord and I
      Dark the night, Rough the way, Step by step… my Lord and I

      If you want the music, I will be glad to mail it to you. Brudonjo@dslextreme.com

      • Carolyn says:

        That would be awesome if you could send me the music. My email is miss_carolyn1@yahoo.com.

        I have been trying for years to remember that song from when I was a little girl in AWANA and we used to sing it.

  20. Janet Martin says:

    NICE site I need the word to ” Down in the depth of the deepest Sea” I can’t remember the middle line.
    It ends “buried for time and eternity Down in the deepest sea. Can someone help me out?

  21. Natalie says:

    Wonderful site! Thanks for the memories!!!

  22. Natalie says:

    Actually, I was just thinking…there is a second verse to Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread. Here goes as I remember it:

    Five thousand people on the shores of Galilee, listened while the Saviour spoke and waited patiently. Suppertime had come and gone and there was none to eat. So “call the people” Jesus said, and “let’s all have a seat.” And He took two little fishes and five loaves of bread. With this little bit of food the multitude was fed. Who else but the Son of God could do as people said, with two little fishes and five loaves of bread!

    • Joyce says:

      Is there a first verse ordoes one just sing and introduction of

      two little fishes and five loaves of bread, with this little bit of food the multitude was fed
      Joyce

  23. Linda says:

    Thanks for the wonderful memories!
    Does anyone have the words/verses to “Just Because He Loved Me So” ??
    Thanks & Joyonya!

  24. Scott Dean says:

    Does anyone have the sheet music to two little fishes. We sang that as a kid, and I would love my church to sing it now.

  25. lynas says:

    Does anyone know the notes (piano) for the chorus ‘God delivered Daniel from the lion’s den’

    Thanks

    Lynas

  26. tyne says:

    Looking for the lyrics to “Good News” Any help would be appreciated.

    • Donna Johnson says:

      My heart was dark with sin
      Before the Saviour came in
      His precious blood I know
      Has washed me white as snow
      And in God’s Word I’m told
      I’ll walk the streets of Gold
      To grow in Christ each day
      I read my Bible and pray

      I will be glad to send you a free CD with this song and others if you like
      Donna Johnson
      Brudonjo@dslextreme.com

    • Donna Johnson says:

      Good News! Good News!
      Christ died for me
      Good News! Good News!
      If I believe
      Good News! Good News!
      I’m saved eternally.
      That wonderful Extra Good News!

      Good News! Good News!
      Christ lives for me.
      Good News! Good News!
      He prays for me.
      His Word tells that He’ll
      come again for me.
      That’s wonderful, extra Good News!

      Let me know if you want a free CD with this song and others
      Donna Johnson
      Brudonjo@dslextreme.com

      • Monica says:

        I would love some of these songs for my Sunday school kids. We sing so many ‘new songs.’ I miss the traditional songs!

    • Scott says:

      Good News Good News, Christ died for me
      Good news Good News, If I believe
      Good News Good News, I’m Saved Eternally
      That’s wonderful, EXTRA, Good News
      GOOD NEWS

  27. Kalenga says:

    Thanks Jess for the countdown song I have
    been trying to remember it for years..,now
    I can teach it to my sunday school class.
    Anyone with the Lyrics to ‘My heart was dark
    with sin until the savior came in…’

  28. Tatjana says:

    I have the words to Just because he loved me so:
    Chorus
    Just because He loved me so
    Just because he loved me so

    I’m happy on the way
    With Jesus every day
    Just because He loved me so (then chorus)

    He died on Calvery,
    From sin to set me free,
    Just because He loved me so. (chorus)

    He’s done so much for me
    I cannot silent be
    Just because he loved me so (chorus)

    Christ arose and now he lives,
    Peace and joy to me he gives
    Just because he loved me so.

  29. Tatjana says:

    Thanks Laura for the words to “Watch”

  30. Tatjana says:

    GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS!
    Christ died for me
    GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS!
    If I believe
    GOOD NEWS ! GOOD NEWS !
    I’m safe eternally
    That’s wonderful
    extra GOOD NEWS !

  31. The ABC song goes
    ABCDEFG Jesus died for you and me
    HIJKLMN Jesus died for sinful men, AMEN
    OPQRSTU I believe God’s word is true
    V & W God has promised you
    XYZ a home eternally

  32. I think Just Because He Loved Me So goes…..
    Just because He loved me so
    Just because He loved me so
    I’m happy all the way, with Jesus everyday
    Just because He loved me so

    Just because He loved me so
    Just because He loved me so
    He’s done so much for me, I cannot silent be
    Just because He loved me so

    Just because He loved me so
    Just because He loved me so
    He died on calvary, my sins to se me free
    Just because He loved me so

    • Rob says:

      Hello does anyone have the music for “Just because He loved me so…”?

      Thanks for posting the song, not sure how I would read a reply as this is my first time here searching the title.

      Thanks again – Rob.

  33. F R N says:

    twelve went out to spy on canaan, ten were bad and two were good
    what did they see when they got to canaan, ten were bad and two were good
    some saw giants big and tall, some saw grapes in clusters fall
    some saw God was over all, ten were bad and two were good

  34. Rosemary says:

    Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread…
    with this little bit of food the multitude was fed.
    “Who else but the Son of God could do this?” people said…
    with two little fishes and five loaves of bread.

    • Rosemary says:

      Two little fishes: add a clap after “and” in the last line. It had it’s own music from a licensed bible school program circa 1980′s.

  35. Jack Herbert says:

    Looking for the MUSIC for “Let the Beauty of Jesus Be Seen in Me” (I remember most of the words). The song will be used (with an adapted lyric) as a tribute to a wonderful person who has virtually fufilled that challenge all her life. Its more solemn thoughts don’t lend to the usual up-beat children’s song, but I remember it being sung when the Sunday School lesson took on a more reflective direction.
    “Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
    All……passion and purity
    Oh, Thou, Spirit divine
    ……………
    Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”
    Thanks for any help.
    Jack

  36. Kim Fleshman says:

    How about this one…
    I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart (where?)
    down in my heart (where?)
    down in my heart
    I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart (where?)
    down in my heart to stay

    I’ve got the peace that passes understanding down in my heart (where?)
    down in my heart (where?)
    down in my heart
    I’ve got the peace that passes understanding down in my heart (where?)
    down in my heart to stay

    And if the Devil doesn’t like it he can sit on a tack (ouch!)
    sit on a tack (ouch!)
    sit on a tack
    and if the Devil doesn’t like it he can sit on a tack (ouch!)
    sit on a tack and stay

    When I was a kid we loved splitting the song up as two sides and the (where?) would say it as loud as they could. Also, we loved singing the peace that passes understanding verse as fast as we could and still say it clearly.

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