Jesus Walks on the Water

Jesus Walking on the Water Matthew 14:26-29

Scripture: Matthew 14: 22-33, Mark 6:45-51, John 6: 15 – 21 or page 404 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

For the teacher:  I love this article by Eva Marie Everson.    She compares Peter’s walk on the water to a baby’s first steps, and I think she captures the essence of the story.  Jesus sent the disciples out there knowing that there was going to be a storm to test and grow their faith. But, they were always under his watchful eye. (She references the movie The Gospel of Matthew.   (Start at 1:54:25)

About half way through this video in the series “That the World May Know” by Focus on the Family and Ray Vander Laan expounds on this story. Volume 6, #2 “When the Rabbi Says Go”  This is an excellent series.  I would strongly suggest watching it before teaching this lesson.

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 14 or page 404 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • After Jesus fed the 5,000 with a little boy’s lunch, the people were so excited that they wanted to make Jesus their king.  The disciples wanted that, too.  But, Jesus didn’t come to be an earthly king, so…
  • What did Jesus have his disciples do?  Get into the boat and go to the other side of the lake while he sent the people home.
  • When the people went home, where did Jesus go?  Up on a mountain to pray.
  • While he was up on the mountain, what was happening to the disciples?  They were in the boat battling a storm.
  • Remember that we had another similar story about the disciples being caught in a storm out in their boat?  What is different about the two stories?  In the first story Jesus was in the boat with the disciples.  This time the disciples are out there alone and Jesus was on shore.
  • Mark 6:48 says that Jesus saw them straining at the oars.  How could Jesus see them way out there on the lake in a storm?  Jesus can see everything.
  • Do you think that Jesus can see you right now?  Does he see you  when you have fallen and hurt yourself?  Does he see you when you have lost track of your Mom in a big crowded place?  Yes.  Jesus always has his eye on you, doesn’t he. 
  • How did Jesus come out to the disciples?  He walked on the water.
  • Why do you think that he could do that?  He is God.  He can do anything.
  • What did the disciples think when they saw him?  They thought they were seeing a ghost.  They were afraid.  They screamed in fear.
  • What did Jesus say to them?  Be brave. Don’t be afraid.  It’s me.
  • Do you think that Jesus wants you to be afraid?  No.
  • What was Peter’s reaction to that?  “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.”
  • Sometimes people want to believe in Jesus, but they are still not really sure that He is God, so they will pray a prayer sort of like Peter’s.  “Jesus, if you really are God – show me.” 
  • And what did Jesus say? “Come.”
  • Jesus is always happy to have us come to him and test him, isn’t he.  
  • So, Peter climbed out of the boat and started walking on the water.  But, then what happened?  Peter looked around at the wind and the waves and he started to get scared.  And when he got scared he started to sink.
  • What happens if we focus on all the bad things going on around us instead of walking straight ahead toward Jesus?  We start to panic and lose our faith.
  • What did Peter do then?  He called “Lord, save me!”
  • Did Jesus save him?  Yes.  He reached out his hand and caught him.
  • What did Jesus say to Peter then? “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
  • What did the other disciples say?  “Truly you are the Son of God.”
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for always keeping his eye on us and taking care of us.  And let’s ask him to help us to always keep our eyes on him, too…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Hebrews 13:5b “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1  by Bible Printables

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Share a video of this story:

Video #1  Start at 1:54:25

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Video #3

Video #4

Video #5  (for younger kids)

Video #6     song “Walk on the Water” by Britt Nicole  (Live version.)

Video #7   song “Walking on the Water”  by Michael Card

Video #8  Use this video of a baby learning to walk as a discussion starter before beginning the lesson.  Discuss how the baby has to practice and fall down lots of times to learn how to walk.  Also point out that the parent says, “Come on!” and encourages the baby to try to take steps.  Compare that to Peter’s walk on the water and our walk with God.

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Share this object lesson from Sermons4kids.  Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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This is a good craft from DLTK .

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Lambsongs has a cute craft here.

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This is a fantastic idea from Flame Creative Kids.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page from Calvary Curriculum

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Bible Fun For Kids has several great ideas.

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Have the children make the booklet “Peter Walks on Water” from Lambsongs.  (Scroll down)

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Younger children will enjoy this story and worksheets from the Church of God .

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Have the children act out the story as these did.

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Older Kids will enjoy acting out the story as suggested by Teaching Them.

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Sing “Two Steps Forward” or “Time to Pray” by Mary Rice Hopkins.  You can get it at itunes. Or sing  “You Come in a Hurry” by Crossroads Kids Club.  Or sing “Who Am I” by Casting Crowns.

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Make Jesus walks on water jello by DTLK for snack time.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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Jesus Walks on the Water Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about how Jesus and Peter walked on water from Matthew 14: 22-33, Mark 6:45-51, John 6: 15 – 21.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Hebrews 13:5b “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

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Read this delightful version of this story by Paul Dallgas-Frey. http://www.essex1.com/people/paul/bible59-walking-water.html

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Use this devotional from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa to reinforce the lesson through the week. http://children.cccm.com/NTDevotionsPDF/DEVNT238.pdf

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Sing the song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=356qWnhbdXg   “Walk on the Water” by Britt Nicole

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/jesus-walks-on-the-water/

The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan Luke 10:30-34

Scripture: Luke 10: 25 – 37 or pages 412 – 413 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Luke 10 or page 412 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Who asked Jesus a question?  an expert in the law (or a Bible scholar)
  • Did he really want to know the answer?  No.  He was testing Jesus.  Maybe he wanted to trip him up – or maybe he wanted to see if Jesus knew the right answer.
  • What was the question? “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
  • How did Jesus answer him?  With a question.  “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
  • What was the man’s answer?  “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
  • Jesus told him that he had answered correctly.  He said “Do this and you will live.”  But, what do we know about our ability to obey those commandments?  We are sinners and we aren’t able to follow God’s laws perfectly.  So, we can’t gain eternal life that way.
  • Do you think that the man realized that he hadn’t obeyed this law?  Yes.  He tried to justify himself by asking, “And who is my neighbor?”
  • Jesus answered him with a story. What happened to the man in the story?  He was beaten up by robbers and left for dead at the side of the road.
  • Who found him first?  A priest.
  • Remember that the priest held the honorable position of serving at the temple. He would have been kind of like the pastor. It seems that if anybody would stop to help the man, it would have been him, right?
  • Did he stop to help the man?  No.  He passed by on the other side.
  • Who came next?  A Levite.
  • A Levite also served at the temple, but in the outer court area. 
  • Did he stop to help the man?  No.  He also passed by.
  • Then who came by?  A Samaritan.
  • The Jews looked down on the Samaritans and there were laws that said that they weren’t to live in the same area or even to talk to each other.
  • Did the Samaritan stop to help?  Yes.  He took pity on him, bandaged his wounds, put him on his donkey, and took him to an inn where he took care of him.
  • What did he tell the innkeeper? He gave him some money and told him to take care of him.  When he came back he would pay him for any extra expenses.
  • Then Jesus asked the man, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”  And what did he answer?  “The one who had mercy on him.”
  • What did Jesus tell him to do then?  “Go and do likewise.”
  • Jesus just turned this man’s life upside down, didn’t he.  Because, who do you think that he most related to in the story?  The priest and the Levite.  He would have looked down at the Samaritan.  But, now Jesus was telling him that the Samaritan was the one who was more closely obeying the law than he was.
  • Have you ever thought that you were better than somebody else?  Maybe there are kids in your class at school who don’t have as nice clothes as you have, so you didn’t invite them to your Birthday party.  Maybe you have a classmate that you don’t think is very smart, so you don’t talk to him or her.  Or maybe some kids aren’t as good in sports as you are, so you don’t let him or her play on your team. Maybe you think that since you’re a Christian those kids who aren’t Christians aren’t as good as you are.  
  • What does Jesus want you to do?  Treat all others with kindness.
  • We need to remember that we are all sinners and that the only way that we get to heaven is by God’s grace.  So, we shouldn’t think of ourselves as better than others.  And maybe by our kindness, others will come to know Jesus, too.
  • Let’s pray and ask Jesus to help us to serve him by being kind to everyone…  

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Luke 10:27  “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1  from ministry to children.

Color page #2   from funny coloring.

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Share a video or two of this story:

Video #1  McGee and Me

Video #2  Lego version

Video #3  Max 7

Video #4   Johnny Rogers

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Video #6   from Children’s Ministry Deals

Video #7   Dan Huffman drawing

Video #8  musical version

Video #9   Zebtoonz

Video #10   Grace Link

Video #11   from the Jesus film

Video #12  This one was created by a church for their VBS

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Have the children make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page from Calvary Curriculum.  Or have them do one of these worksheets from DLTK.

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Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4Kids  Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Play the Good Samaritan Game from Children’s Ministry.

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Tell the story to younger children in this creative way from flame creative kids.

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The Gospel Hall has a mini-booklet about this story.   Search Good Samaritan.

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Make the story book “The Kind Man from Samaria” from lambsongs. (scroll down)

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This blog by Debbie Jackson has lots of great ideas.

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Sing “Love On Another” by Yancy   or this version of the same song.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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The Good Samaritan Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about the Good Samaritan from Luke 10: 25 – 37.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Luke 10:27  “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

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Print up this helping hands challenge sheet from flame creative kids and use it to encourage your child to do good things for others.  http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2013/01/good-samaritan-helping-hands-challenge.html

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http://www.theideadoor.com/Coloring%20pages/100.jpg  Have your child color and cut out these characters. Use them to act out the story together.

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Sing “Love On Another” by Yancy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryjm2oj2dpo  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Use these excellent devotionals from Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa after supper or at bedtime to emphasize the key points of this story this week. http://children.cccm.com/NTDevotionsPDF/DEVNT248.pdf

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/the-good-samaritan/

Jesus Heals the Paralytic

Healing of the Paralytic Man Mark 2:1-5

Scripture: Mark 2: 1-12, Luke 5: 17-26 or page 370 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Luke 5 or page 370 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Where was Jesus teaching in this story?  In a house in Caperaum.
  • How many people were there?  So many that they filled the house and all around the house.
  • Who were some men bringing to Jesus?  A paralyzed man.
  • What does it mean to be paralyzed?  Your legs (and maybe your arms) don’t work and you can’t walk.  Maybe he had an accident and broke his back.  Maybe he was that way from birth.  We don’t know.  But, if he had been that way for very long his muscles and joints would have become very stiff and twisted up.  All he could do is lie on his mat and someone else had to take care of him.
  • When the men couldn’t get through the door because of the crowd, what did they do?  They climbed up on the roof and made a hole.  Then they lowered the paralyzed man on his mat down through the roof to Jesus.
  • Do you think that you would have gone to that great of trouble to bring your friend to Jesus to be healed?
  • What did Jesus say to the man? “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
  • Did you expect Jesus to say “Your sins are forgiven” or “You are healed”?  You are healed.
  • Why do you think that Jesus said this instead?  To make the people think about who he was.
  • Who was offended when he said, “Your sins are forgiven”?  The Pharisees and the teachers of the law.
  • Why were they upset? Jesus said that the man’s sins were forgiven, but only God can forgive sins.
  • Jesus knew what they were thinking before they said anything. So, what did he say to them? Which is easier, to say “Your sins are forgiven.”, or “Get up and walk?”
  • What do you think would be easier to say?
  • Anybody could say, “Your sins are forgiven.”, but only God could make a paralyzed man walk. 
  • Jesus tells them that he wants them to know that he has the power to forgive sins. So he turns to the paralyzed man and says what?  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
  • Did the man get up?  Yes. He got up and took his mat home, praising God as he went.
  • How did the crowd react?  They were amazed and filled with awe.  They praised God and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.” or “We have never seen anything like this!”
  • What does this story tell you about Jesus?  He is God.
  • Do you have a friend who needs to be brought to Jesus?
  • You might or might not have a friend who is sick, but do you have a friend who needs his or her sins to be forgiven?
  • How do you think that you can bring that friend to Jesus?  Tell them about Jesus.  Ask them to come with you to Sunday School.  Give them a Bible or read the Bible with them.
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for forgiving our sins.  And let’s ask him to help us to find ways to bring our friends to him…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Psalm 103: 2-3 “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1  from sermons4kids

Color page #2  from Bible Wonderland

Color page #3  from Bible Printables

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show the children a video of this story:

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Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids. Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page from Calvary Curriculum

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Younger children will enjoy this story and worksheets from the Church of God.

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This lesson from growing kids in grace has a mat craft.  And here is another similar one from crafting the word of God.

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Jesus Without Language has another craft.  Click on the icon at the bottom of the page for the pattern.

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Lambsongs has a booklet and activities for this story.  The booklet doesn’t follow scripture closely, but the crafts are cute.  (Scroll down to “Down Through the Roof” 

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Here is a craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons .

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Gospel Hall has a minibooklet and story prop.  Search “paralytic”.

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DLTK has a story board activity.

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Have the children act out the story as suggested by childrens ministry ideas unlimited.

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Free Children’s Bible Lessons has some good ideas.

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Sing “Walking & Singing” or “Jesus Can” by Mary Rice Hopkins.  These songs are available on itunes.

Or since the story is about a paralyzed man who was able to walk again, sing “Every Move I Make” by Uncle Charlie .

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Make these Teddy Grahm crackers for snacks.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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Jesus Heals the Paralytic Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about how Jesus healed the paralytic from Mark 2: 1-12 and Luke 5: 17-26.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Psalm 103: 2-3 “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Teach your child the songs “Walking & Singing” and “Jesus Can” by Mary Rice Hopkins  http://maryricehopkins.com/  These songs are available on itunes. Or since the story is about a paralyzed man who was able to walk again, sing “Every Move I Make” by Uncle Charlie  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqeFiwr0exo

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Do some online activities together with your child at the Garden of Praise http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl48s.htm

Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/jesus-heals-the-paralytic/

Nicodemus Visits Jesus

William_Brassey_Hole_Nicodemus

Scripture: John 3: 1-20

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to John 3

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Who was Nicodemus?  a Pharisee, a member of the Jewish ruling council. That means he was like a pastor or a Bible teacher. He knew a lot about the scriptures.
  • When did he come to see Jesus? at night
  • Why do you think that he came to see him at night?  He didn’t want the other members of the council to know that he was visiting Jesus.
  • By what name does he call Jesus? Rabbi
  • What does Rabbi mean?  Teacher
  • What does he say to Jesus?  We know that you are a teacher who has come from God.
  • Why did he think that Jesus had come from God?  Because he did miracles and nobody could do those things without God’s help.
  • So Nicodemus knew that Jesus was from God, but did that mean that he was saved?  No.
  • What did Jesus say to Nicodemus?  “No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
  • What did Nicodemus think of that?  He asked how someone could be born again.
  • What kind of birth was Nicodemus thinking of?  the birth of our earthly bodies.
  • What kind of birth was Jesus talking about?  Spiritual birth.  He said, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”
  • What does Jesus compare the Spirit to?  The wind.  You can hear it, but you can’t see it coming and going. (If the wind is blowing outside point out to the children how the trees or the grass move in the wind. Ask them if they have ever listened to the wind in a storm, or if they have seen trees taken down by the wind.  We can see the effects of the wind, but it is invisible.  The Spirit is like that.)
  • Jesus told Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  What did he say about God?  He loved the people of the world so much that he gave his only son for them. And what did he say about believers?  They will have eternal life.
  • What about the people that don’t believe? They are condemned.
  • Do you think that Nicodemus became a believer?
  • Let’s look at the two other times that Nicodemus was mentioned in the Bible.
  • John 7:50 tells us that Nicodemus defended Jesus to the Pharisees who wanted to kill Jesus. He said, “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”  
  • John 19: 38-42 says that Nicodemus was with Joseph of Arimathea, who was a believer, and helped him to bury Jesus after he died on the cross.   “Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus.  Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.  With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.  He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.  Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.  Taking Jesus body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.  This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.  At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” So, Nicodemus was with Joseph of Arimathea, who was a believer, and helped him to bury Jesus after he died on the cross.
  • I think that Nicodemus had become a believer. Don’t you?
  • Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
  • Let’s pray and let Jesus know that we believe in him and that we want to be his followers and be born again in the Spirit …

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” 

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  Color page #1 from sermons4kids.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video of this story:

Video #1

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Share “The Butterfly” object lesson from Sermons4kids.  Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page from Calvary Curriculum.

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Jesus Without Language has a very cute craft.  I did this one with first through third graders.  The scene portion of the craft is difficult to put together, so I did that part for them.  All they had to do was glue the people and objects on.  And they loved it!

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Have the children make the book “Nicodemus”  or the book “How to Get to Heaven” from Lambsongs (Scroll down.)

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Here is another good craft from My Little House. (Scroll down to April: Jesus and Nicodemus and click on the link for the template.)

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Show a power point presentation about Nicodemus or a color book from Gospel Hall.  (Search for Nicodemus)

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This lesson from Free Children’s Bible Lessons has a great object lesson and a game. And this lesson from Church of God also has worksheets.

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Sing “God So Loved the World” by Aaron Shust. Get it at itunes.  Or sing “John’s Song” by Mary Rice Hopkins. (Scroll down to the Workmanship album.)

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Nicodemus Visits Jesus Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Nicodemus’ visit with Jesus from John 3.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” 

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Do some on line activities with your child at the Garden of Praise. http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl40s.htm

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Read the story “Do I Have To?” from Keys for Kids. http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=1509

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Sing “God So Loved the World” by Aaron Shust. Get it at itunes.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/nicodemus-visits-jesus/