The Prodigal Son

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Scripture: Luke 15: 11 – 32 or pages 416 – 417 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 15: 11 – 32 or pages 416 – 417 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:

  • Jesus told this story just after he told the story of the lost sheep and the lost coin.  Do you remember those stories?  What point was Jesus trying to make with those stories?  That every one of us is valuable to him.  And he rejoices when any one of us is saved.
  • This story is a bout a father and his two sons.
  • What did the younger son ask for?  His inheritance.
  • Why is that a strange request?  Usually you don’t get the money until your parents die.  It was pretty rude of the son to ask for the money when his father was still alive, wasn’t it.
  • What did the son do when he got the money?  He went off to a foreign country and spent all the money on wild living.
  • The Bible says that he “squandered his wealth”.  What does that mean?  He didn’t buy things that he really needed.  He spent it on silly things that he didn’t need – like parties and entertainment. (In fact that’s what it means to be prodigal.  That’s someone who recklessly wastes money.)
  • What happened after he spent all of the money?  There was a famine in the country and he soon had nothing to eat.
  • He needed a job to buy food, didn’t he.  So, what job did he find?  Feeding a farmers’ pigs.
  • He was so hungry that he wanted to eat the pigs’ food.  Have you ever been so hungry that you thought you would want to eat pigs’ food?  Yuck!
  • Why didn’t he just go home?  Because he knew that he had done wrong when he asked for his inheritance early.  Even worse, he had wasted it all.  He didn’t think that his father would want him back.
  • Finally, what did he think of?  His fathers’ hired servants weren’t starving. They had more food than they needed.  Maybe he should ask his father if he could work as his servant.
  • He thought that his dad was going to chew him out.  But, what did his father do when he saw him coming down the road?  He ran and threw his arms around him and kissed him.
  • The son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  Did the father say, yes you were really pretty bad, we’ll have to put you to work with the servants?  No.
  • What did the father do?  He called the servants to bring him a robe and a ring and sandals for his feet.  Then they were to kill a fattened calf to make a feast for a celebration.
  • Why did the father do that?  He thought that he had lost his son forever – but now he was home again, and he was so glad to know that he was alive!  He said, ‘this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’
  • What did the older brother think when he got home from the field and saw the party that was going on for his brother? He was angry and wouldn’t even go into the house.
  • Would you have been mad, too?  It would have seemed like his brother was being rewarded for being bad, wouldn’t it.
  • When his dad came out to talk to him, what did he say? ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property…comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
  • What did his father say to that?  You’ve been here with me the whole time, and everything that I have is yours.  But, we thought that your brother was dead.  He was lost, but now he’s been found.
  • This story is a parable.  Do you know what a parable is?  It’s an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.
  • Who do you think the father really is?  God!
  • Who are the sons?  We are. We’re God’s children.
  • Some of us are more obedient than others, aren’t we.
  • If we sin, can we still come back to God and ask to be his son again?  Yes!  God is always glad to have us back because he loves us so much!
  • Should we ever be angry that someone who we think is really, really bad is welcomed back by the Lord?  No.  We should be glad even when the worst person is repentant and comes back to God.
  • The Pharisees thought that God should love them the most because they tried so hard to follow God’s laws.  And they got angry that Jesus spent time with people that they considered “sinners”.  But, Jesus loves all of us and he wants all of us to be saved, doesn’t he.
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for taking us back and loving us – even when we’ve been really bad, and let’s ask him to help us to rejoice over everyone the way that he does…

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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 15:24 “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”

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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

There are a couple of color pages here at the e Bible Teacher.

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   from Crossroads Kids Club

Video #2   from Worship House Media

Video #3   from Worship House Kids

Video #4   Nemo version

Video #5   Kids act out the story by Hannah and Henry Holtgeerts.  This is darling.

Video #6   by Alex Mienert

Video #7   Lego version by Milan Harrison

Video #9   Song “Prodigal”

For the teacher:

Video #8  Prodigal by Casting Crowns

Video #12  “Prodigal Son’s Prayer” by  Dierks Bentley

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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 do a sequencing craft from Ministry to Children.

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

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Have the children make the booklet “The Lost Son Comes Home” by Lambsongs.   (Scroll Down)

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There are several ideas here at Danielle’s Place.  And there are more here at Bible Fun For Kids .

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Play the Prodigal Son file folder game from The Catholic Tool Box. There are several other ideas here.

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This lesson from Kids Bible Lessons has a great intro idea as well as a color page. 

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Mission Bible Class also has a great introduction idea.

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Use these flannel graph figures by David Miles to tell the story.

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Have the children make this Prodigal Son door nob hanger from Sunday School Crafts.

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Help the children visualize the story with this maze  or this story board by Bible Wise.

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This lesson from the Church of God has some worksheets also.

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This lesson from Mission Arlington also has some worksheets.

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Younger children would enjoy this craft from the Church House Collection. There is also a snack idea here.

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Here is a creative way to tell the story from Children’s Ministry.

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Share this object lesson from Children’s Ministry.

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Sing 

“Jesus Loves Me” by the Go Fish Guys

“Jesus Loves Me” from Crossroads Kids’ Club

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Serve Corn Husks and Mud 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 a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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The Prodigal Son 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 Prodigal Son from Luke 15: 11 – 32.   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 15:24 “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”

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Watch this video together. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G_s-TIewcM

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Use these devotional readings this week to reinforce the story to your child.  http://children.cccm.com/NTDevotionsPDF/DEVNT250.pdf

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/the-prodigal-son/

Jairus’ Daughter

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Scripture: Mark 5: 21 – 56 or pages 398 – 399 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 Mark 5 or page 398 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 came to Jesus with a problem?  Jairus, a synagogue leader
  • Are you surprised that a synagogue leader would come to Jesus with a problem?  Yes.  Most of the religious leaders didn’t want the people to follow Jesus.
  • What was the problem?  His 12 year old daughter was sick and dying (Luke 8:42 says that it was his only daughter.)
  • What did he want Jesus to do?  Come and heal her.
  • Did Jesus go with him?  Yes.
  • While they were going to his house, Jesus stopped and said what?  “Who touched my clothes?”
  • Why was this a strange question?  There were so many people in the crowd who were pressing up against him.
  • Why did Jesus take note of this particular touch?  He felt power go out of him.
  • Who had touched him?  A woman who had been sick for 12 years.
  • Why was she healed?  Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
  • How do you think Jairus felt while Jesus was talking with her?  Impatient. Anxious for Jesus to keep walking to his house.
  • Have you ever felt impatient with God to do something?  It’s best to trust his timing, isn’t it.
  • While he was speaking to her someone came with what message? Jairus’ daughter had died, so they should stop bothering Jesus.
  • Do you think that Jesus was bothered with Jairus?  No.
  • Do you think that Jesus thinks your prayers are a bother? No. He always has time for everyone.
  • Jairus probably thought that it was too late for Jesus to do anything to help, since his little girl had died, but, what did Jesus say? “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
  • What was happening at the house when they got there?  There were lots of people crying for the little girl.
  • What did Jesus say to them? “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”
  • What did the people think of that?  They laughed at them because they knew that she was dead.
  • Who went into the house with Jesus?  The girl’s parents, Peter, James and John.
  • What did he say to the little girl? “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”
  • What happened then?  The little girl woke up and got up.
  • Can you imagine how happy her parents were?
  • What did Jesus tell them to do?  Give her something to eat.
  • Jesus was thinking about how the little girl felt, wasn’t he.
  • What does this story tell you about Jesus?  He is God. He can do anything. He cares about people. He has the power to give us eternal life.
  • Let’s pray and thank the Lord that he always has time to listen to our prayers when we need help, and for eternal life with 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.

John 11:25a  “I am the resurrection and the 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 Bible Wonderland

Color page #2 from Christ-image-Jesus

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

Video #2

Video #3

Video #4

Video #5

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

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Have the children make the booklet “Jairus’ Daughter”  or the booklet “She Just Reached Out” by Lambsongs.  Scroll Down.  Note that there are craft activities that go along with the stories.

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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 make these Jesus heals broken hearts crafts .

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This is another very cute craft from Jesus Without Language.

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My Little House also has a great craft for this story.

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Here is a game from Bible Games for Children.

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Young children may enjoy this activity from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry

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Sing  “Trading My Sorrows” by Uncle Charlie

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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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Jairus’ Daughter 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 Jairus’ daughter from Mark 5: 21 – 56.   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 11:25a  “I am the resurrection and the life.”

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Use this family devotional to help reinforce the story this week. http://children.cccm.com/NTDevotionsPDF/DEVNT236.pdf

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Sing together “Trading My Sorrows” by Uncle Charlie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCCbeTIVjQE

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/jairus-daughter/

Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind

Healing of a Blind Man in Bethsaida Mark 8:22-25

Scripture: John 9

Note to the Teacher: 

This story really begins in John chapter 7 and 8.  Jesus had gone to Jerusalem to the Feast of Tabernacles.  This feast would have been in the Fall the year before his death, and at this point he is openly professing to be the Messiah.  John 7:14 tells us that half way through the feast he went up to the temple courts and began to teach. Then on the last day of the feast he stood and proclaimed, “If a man is thirsty, let him come to me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” , which was a reference to the Holy Spirit. (verses 37-38) In chapter 8:12 he says, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  If we understand the Feast of Tabernacles, we can understand why Jesus spoke of himself as the living water and the light of the world.  This video by Day of Discovery gives a great overview of the Feast. The Appointed Times – Jesus in the Feasts of Israel  – Part 4 – Tabernacles (Don’t stop at the commercial.  The second half of the video tells how light and living water are a part of this Feast.)

Here are some more great videos to take you to the pool of Siloam and the Feast of Tabernacles:

Video #1

Video #2

Video #3

Video #4  simulation stairs

Video #5  Feast of Tabernacles from Maozisrael

Video #6  The Feast of Tabernacles – The Holidays of God

Video #7   Day of Discovery – Sukkot: The Feast of Tabernacles

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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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Here is an idea of how to introduce the story.

Or use this video as a discussion starter.

Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to John 9.

(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: 

  • Jesus and the disciples saw a man that was blind from birth. What did the disciples ask Jesus about him?  Who sinned – this man or his parents?
  • The teachers of the law taught that if someone was sick it was because of his sin.  But, what do we know about sin?  All of us are born in sin.  So, if sin caused blindness, we would all be blind, wouldn’t we.
  • What was Jesus’ answer? “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
  • Have you ever thought that the bad things that happen to you might be an opportunity to glorify God? 
  • Then Jesus says,  “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  Think about daylight and darkness. During the day it’s light outside so we can get lots of work done. What happens when it gets dark?  You can’t see in the dark.  So, that is when we stop working outside and come in and go to bed. Jesus is saying that while he is in the world he is shining his light and it’s time to do God’s work.
  • How about you.  Are you shining your light for Jesus in everything you do? 
  • Jesus wants us to be a light to the world, too.  Remember the song, “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Going to Let it Shine”?  
  • What did Jesus do to the man?  He spit on some dirt to make mud and then he put that on the man’s eyes.
  • That reminds me of the story of creation.  What did God make man out of?  Dust. (Genesis 3: 19)
  • What did he tell the man to do then? He was to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.
  • What happened when the man did this?  He was healed of his blindness.
  • What did his neighbors disagree about when they saw him and realized that he could see?  They couldn’t decide if he was the same man, or somebody who looked like him.
  • But, he told them “I am the man.” and he told them what had happened.
  • Where did they take the man?  to the Pharisees
  • What disagreement did the Pharisees have about Jesus? He was a sinner because he healed on the Sabbath – yet how could he do such signs if he was a sinner?
  • The pharisees knew that to heal a man born blind was a sign of the Messiah.
  • Why do you think that the Pharisees asked the man so many questions again and again?  They didn’t want to believe that Jesus was the Messiah.
  • The man asked them if they wanted to become Jesus’ disciples.  How did the Pharisees react to that?  They were angry.  They said they were the disciples of Moses – but they didn’t know where Jesus came from.
  • What was the man’s answer to that?  God doesn’t listen to sinners.  If Jesus wasn’t from God he couldn’t have healed him.
  • What did the Pharisees do then?  They threw him out for lecturing them.
  • When Jesus found him, what did he ask him? “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
  • What did he answer? “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
  • And what did Jesus say? “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
  • What did the man do then? The man believed and worshipped Jesus.
  • Jesus talked about another kind of blindness.  What kind of blindness was that?  Spiritual blindness.
  • What does it mean to be spiritually blind?  You can’t understand what Jesus or the Bible is trying to teach you.
  • Who in the story was spiritually blind?  The Pharisees.
  • Do you know anybody like that – not understanding what Jesus said and who He is?  How can you help them to see and understand?  Bring them to church, tell them about  Jesus, pray for them, be kind to them and help them when they are in need, etc.
  • Jesus wants us to be healed of our spiritual blindness, too.  Let’s pray and ask him to open our eyes so that we can understand the things that he is trying to teach us, and to help us to also be a light to the world…

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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 9: 25b “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

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John 12:46  “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

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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.  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

Video #2

Video #3

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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Make mud playdough and give each child a small bag with some of it as a reminder of this story. 

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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 great craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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This craft from Bible Class Creations is a great idea.

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Have the children make this craft from Crafting the Word of God.

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There are several ideas here at Flame Creative Kids.

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This lesson has a game idea.

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Sing “We Are” Worship Video by Uncle Charlie.

Sing the song “Miracle Mud” by Mary Rice Hopkins  It’s on her Miracle Mud album, and it’s on itunes.

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Serve Dirt Cake 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 a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind 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 how Jesus healed the man who was born blind from John 9.   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 9: 25b “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

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Use this devotional this week to reinforce the truths of this story to your child. http://children.cccm.com/NTDevotionsPDF/DEVNT245.pdf

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Sing the song “Miracle Mud” by Mary Rice Hopkins http://maryricehopkins.com/music/listen-to-songs/  It’s on her Miracle Mud album, and it’s on itunes.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.