On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-five Theses to a church door. His actions lead to what we now know as The Reformation.
We do not celebrate Halloween. Instead, we celebrate (or simply study as part of history lessons) the beginning of the Reformation for the Christian Faith. Those who believe this was a positive event in Church history and embrace the doctrine of the Five Solas are often called Reformed or Protestants or Lutherans.
We are Bible-believers. We can summarize our beliefs by the Five Solas.
by faith alone
by Scripture alone
through Christ alone
by grace alone
Soli Deo Gloria
glory to God alone
Get your free Five Solas printable pack to study & learn the Five solas!
What was the Reformation all about? Rather than provide a summary of this important event in church history, I have pulled together a list of resources that you can use to study the Reformation as a family.
You will find something for all ages: printables for elementary grades/families, books for middle/high school, etc. Choose just one or two items, or several to create a unit study that can be done over a couple of weeks.
The Reformation: Resources For The Whole Family
Reformation Study & Lapbook –middle school grades.
Reformation Day Printable Worksheets –elementary grades.
The 5 Solas Study –family. Grab the printable pack and learn the Five Solas together!
Reformation ABCs: The People, Places, and Things of the Reformation – from A to Z –Preschool/elementary grades.
Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World by Paul L. Maier –elementary grades.
When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther by Danika Cooley – this is a personal favorite and there is a FREE study guide, too! Get it HERE. –middle/high school/adult.
Courage and Conviction: Chronicles of the Reformation Church (History Lives series) by Brandon & Mindy Withrow – another book we own (and love!). –elementary/middle/high school/adult.
Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History by Richard M. Hannula – this is a favorite at our house! –middle/high school/adult.
Using the classic game of “pin the tail on the donkey” as inspiration, you can act out that first major event in history that lead to The Reformation by creating a “nail the Ninety-five Theses to the church door” game. Draw a large church door on craft paper (this works great – just use two strips side by side to make a wider door) and designate an area on it where the Ninety-five These should be pinned. Then let the blindfolded kids (or adults) take turns pinning their paper to the door. Whoever is the closest to the designated place is the winner!
Party favor- PLAYMOBIL Martin Luther Figure
Fall Party Ideas (as an alternative to Halloween)
Biblical Word Study:
Reformation – Biblical Word Study –adults.