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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.
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.)
- 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…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
John 11:25a “I am the resurrection and the life.”
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.
Show a video of this story:
Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page from Calvary Curriculum. Scroll down.
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.
Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids . Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!
Have the children make these Jesus heals broken hearts crafts .
This is another very cute craft from Jesus Without Language.
My Little House also has a great craft for this story.
Here is a game from Bible Games for Children.
Young children may enjoy this activity from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry
Sing “Trading My Sorrows” by Uncle Charlie
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.