Faith into Action Bible Lesson for Kids

Free Bible Lesson for kids over Mark 2:1-13 with ideas for games, crafts, snacks & MORE!

This lesson is from Journeying Through James:A 35 Week Study for Families and ChurchesIf you enjoy this lesson, you might enjoy the whole curriculum! It is what we are using right now with our Children’s Church, and today I had my boys help me make a video to go with this lesson. I wanted to share the video with you, so, I thought, “Why not share the whole lesson?”  So, here it is! Enjoy!

Keep Serving Jesus!

Cheri

Faith into Action Bible Lesson

Faith Into Action Lesson(printable pdf)

 Focus Scripture: James 2:14-17, Mark 2:1-13

Opening Activities:

1. Divide into groups of 5-6. Give each group a large blanket. Then have a race to see who can get their blanket from one side of the room to the other the fastest. The catch? One person has to be ON the blanket, and the others have to be carrying it! On your mark, get set, go! Let the teams have fun carrying their teammate to the other side of the room. Repeat this so everyone gets a chance to be the person in the middle.

If you do not want to have the kids carry another child, divide into teams of four and put a ping pong ball or balloon on the blanket. The kids need to carry the blanket to the other side of the room. If the ping pong ball falls off, they have to go back to the beginning.

Say: Today we are going to be talking about the importance of putting your faith into action. There were some men in the Bible who put their faith into action in a very interesting way, and it involved carrying one of their friends somewhere. We will be talking about that more later.

2. Divide into groups. Give each group a bucket filled with water and an empty bucket. Place the empty bucket on the other side of the room away from the bucket with water. The object of the game is to get the water from the filled bucket to the empty bucket. Designate adult group leaders and give the group leaders empty pitchers and cups. However, the group leaders should not give the kids the pitchers and cups. Instead, when you say “Go”, the adult group leaders should start cheering for their teams as loud as they can, but they should NOT do anything to help – including giving them the pitchers and cups. Let this go on for awhile, with you saying such things as, “Why aren’t you guys going? Come on, the game has started!”

When the kids have had enough, say: What was the problem with this game? Why wasn’t it working? Discuss. This game reminds me of our verses from James for today. Listen to them. Read James 2:14-17. How was this game similar to those verses?

Play the game again, but this time the group leaders should step in and help. They should give the kids the cups and pitchers and even help the kids complete the task. When the game is finished, say: What was different this time around? Your group leaders actually DID something, didn’t they? In the same way, we also need to DO something with our faith. We need to put our faith into action!

3. Play a game to help your kids MOVE. Play some upbeat music and the kids need to move around as much as they can while the music is playing, but as soon as the music stops they must FREEZE exactly how they are when the music stops. Then they must hold that position until the music starts back up again. Have fun laughing at some of the silly positions! If someone moves while the music is off, he has to sit down until the end of the game. (In the same way, if he is not moving around while the music is playing, he is out. Be sure to have adult leaders keep a close eye on the group during this game!) Play until you have a winner!

Say: This game was meant to get you MOVING! When we follow Jesus, we also need to move. Today we will talk more about what that means!

The Lesson:

 Say: Are you ready to move? Are you ready to put your faith into action and DO something for Jesus? Read James 2:14-17. What kind of faith do you have? Today we are going to talk about some people who put their faith into action. They saw something that needed to be done and, instead of simply talking about it, they came up with a plan and did something about it! Watch this.

If you do not want to use the video, use the following script: 

Paralyzed Man: Hello everyone! I want to tell you something amazing that happened to me. Do you see this mat? This used to be my home! I mean, really . . . it was my home. I spent all my time lying on this mat. You see, I couldn’t walk. I was completely paralyzed. If I wanted to eat, I had to have my friends help me. If I wanted to change my clothes, I had to have my friends help me. If I had to do anything, I had to have my friends help me. All I could do was stay on this mat, day after day after day. I couldn’t DO anything . . . but my friends could, and they DID. They helped me every day!

One day, something AMAZING happened! One day, Jesus came to town. Have you heard of Jesus? When my friends and I heard that Jesus was in town, we knew we had to DO SOMETHING! We HAD to get to Jesus! He could make me well again! He could make me walk!

My friends decided to DO SOMETHING and they carried me all the way to Jesus. They took me on my mat and they walked, and walked, and walked, all the way to where Jesus was. But when we got there, we saw something horrible. The entire room where Jesus was was packed with people. There was no way we could get in to see Jesus!

But my friends did not give up. My friends knew they had to DO SOMETHING! They walked to the roof of the house and started digging a hole! Then they lowered me right down in front of Jesus. There I was, on my mat, right in front of the one person who could make me well!

Well, I think you know the rest! Jesus saw the faith that my friends and I had and he rewarded that faith by healing me! Not only did Jesus heal me physically by making me walk, but he also healed me spiritually by forgiving my sins. I have not been the same ever since that day when I met Jesus! I am so glad that my friends and I had the faith that Jesus would make me well . . . but not only that we had faith, but that we DID something about it! If we hadn’t DONE something, I might still be lying on this mat.

Before I go, I have one question for you. How are you going to show YOUR faith? What are YOU going to DO?

(Paralyzed man picks up his mat and walks out of the room)

Read Mark 2:1-13 to the group. Use the following questions to aid in your discussion:

  • How did the men in this passage put their faith into action?

  • When Jesus saw the man in front of Him, the Bible tells us he saw their faith. How did he see their faith? What showed him that they had faith?

Say: Jesus saw their faith by the actions they had done. If they didn’t have faith, they would not have gone through the task of carrying their friend or digging the hole and lowering him down in front of Jesus. They put their faith into action – just like the Bible tells us we should do in James 2:14-17.

  • What are some ways that we can put our faith into action today?

Divide into groups. Give each group construction paper strips of various colors. Have the kids in the group select several of the construction paper strips – they are going to be making a mat with the strips! Before they make the mat, however, have them decorate the strips with pictures or words of ways they can put their faith into action in practical ways. Discuss these ideas and then weave them all together to make a mat. You can have the kids make their own mat, or have them make a large one as a group. Pray together for opportunities to put these ideas into action. Find directions for how to weave a mat here.

A great video to end with:

Additional Activities:

1. Spend time today helping the kids put their faith into action. Organize a service project that the kids can do during today’s time together and carry it out!

2. Help the kids make a craft stick house with craft sticks, construction paper and cotton balls.  Discuss how the men in today’s lesson put their faith into action by taking their friend to Jesus and digging a hole through the roof. We need to put our faith into action, too!

3. Make a craft to illustrate the lesson found in Mark 2:1-13. Give the kids graham crackers, frosting, and a variety of colored candies and let them make their own house. Then give them gummy bears, teddy grahams, or E.L. fudge crackers to be the people in the story and a fruit roll up to be the mat (or use graham crackers for the mat) Let them act out the story and then eat the snack.

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4. Give the kids pieces of cardboard boxes, construction paper, ribbon, yarn and brads and let them make their own “people”. They should cut out heads, arms, legs, and bodies and connect them all with the brads. The brads will give them moveable arms and legs, and they will be able to make their person “move”. Let them use the construction paper, ribbon, and yarn to make clothes, hair and other accessories. Encourage creativity! Remind them of the importance of MOVING and doing something for God!

5. Have the kids draw pictures of one way they can put their faith into action. Then take an actual picture of them, print off the photograph, and have them cut themselves out of the photograph and glue themselves to the picture they drew. (For example, if a child says he is going to rake leaves for a neighbor, have him draw a picture of a tree, lots of leaves, leaves in a pile, and a rake. Then he will add his photograph to the picture so it looks like he is holding the rake.) Encourage the children to put their faith into action this coming week.

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25 Days of Scriptures & Activities for Christmas

Free calendar and lesson plan with 25 Scriptures and Activities for Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Today I have a new reading schedule for Christmas! This schedule has 25 days with 25 different Scriptures and suggested activities. You can download in a calendar format or as a lesson plan with more detailed instructions . . . or, scroll down, and find the whole thing on this page! (Tip: If you use the calendar, you might want to have your child color in each space as you go to keep track of your progress!)

I hope you are able to use this with your family this Christmas!

Keep serving Jesus!

Cheri

25 Days of Christmas (Advent Calendar pdf)

 

25 Days of Christmas Scriptures & Activities (full instructions pdf)

December 1st:

  • Read John 1:1-5, 14
  • Turn off all the lights in your house. Then plug in your Christmas lights. Notice how the light shines in the darkness – the same way Jesus did and the same way we should! Don’t have your Christmas tree up yet? Light a candle!
  • Sing “Here I am to Worship”
  • Make a Christmas Candle Paper Craft. 

December 2nd:

  • Read Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5-6 & Matthew 1:1
  • These verses show us the prophecy that Jesus would be from the line of David – and the fulfillment of that prophecy! Jesus’s earthly parents were both descended from David. David was in his family tree! Use your Christmas tree to explain the idea of a “family tree”. Start at the top of your tree – if David was the top branch of the tree, his son (Solomon) was the branch right under him . . . and so on . . . Go all the way until you get to the bottom of the tree . . . then Jesus came along! He is the most important branch on this tree! The one who holds the whole tree up! Without Jesus, this tree would fall down. Jesus is the foundation of this tree – just like He should be the foundation of our lives!
  • Make a Christmas tree craft for your tree.
  • Eat Christmas tree snack cakes!
  • Check out this fun genealogy song:  

December 3rd:

  • Read Isaiah 7:10-14
  • This is another prophecy about Jesus! According to these verses, Jesus was going to be called Immanuel, which means God with us! Isn’t it amazing to think of God living right among us as a baby? That’s exactly what happened!
  • When people are expecting a baby, they often have a baby shower – a special party to celebrate the fact that a baby is coming. Have a baby shower for Jesus today! Eat cupcakes, drink punch, and celebrate!
  • Go out and buy a new baby shower gift – diapers, an outfit, anything at all! Take this gift to your local Pregnancy Resource Center to be used to help pregnant moms who could use the extra help!
  • Make an Immanuel craft.  

December 4th:

  • Read Luke 1:26-38
  • Mary was chosen to be the earthly mom of Jesus! She wasn’t sure how this was going to happen, but she trusted God and did what He wanted her to do. Who told Mary that she was going to be the mother of Jesus? The angel Gabriel. If you have a nativity scene, act out this passage using your Mary and angel pieces. If you don’t have a nativity scene, you can use dolls, minifigures, or even yourselves!
  • Make an angel craft.  
  • Make an angel snack craft using bugles and pretzels.  

December 5th:

  • Read Matthew 1:18-25
  • Yesterday we read Mary’s story. Here’s Joseph’s! Joseph also did what God told him to do – even though it seemed to go against what he thought he should do at first! He also trusted God. Do you trust God? Are you willing to obey Him no matter what?
  • Joseph was also visited by an angel! Make another angel craft – this one using paint and your child’s handprints! Use handprints for the wings and body and then draw (or glue a circle cut out of paper) for the head. Let your child draw the facial features and anything else he/she wants to add to the picture.
  • Eat angel food cake!

December 6th:

  • Read Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
  • Here is a birth announcement for Jesus – hundreds of years before he was born! Look at the names that are used for Jesus in these verses. Write the names on index cards and hide each card somewhere in your room. Send your child on a “Name of Jesus” search. Each time he/she finds an index card with a name of Jesus on it, stop and talk about what that name means. Play this game as many times as your child wants!
  • Find a fun song for these verses here:  

December 7th:

  • Read Micah 5:2-5
  • Here’s another prophecy – this one telling us where Jesus was going to be born – hundreds of years before his birth! Where does Micah say Jesus will be born? The town of Bethlehem!
  • Make your own little town of Bethlehem using gingerbread houses.  

Use graham crackers, frosting, and candy to make your own little town of Bethlehem

December 8th:

  • Read Luke 2:1-7
  • Here we see the fulfillment of yesterday’s Scripture. Mary and Joseph have to travel to Bethlehem for the census, and while they are there, Jesus is born!
  • Make a baby Jesus snack using string cheese and ham! Cut the string cheese in half and wrap the ham around it . . . just like Mary wrapped baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. Go even further and make a manger out of pretzels and use shoestring potatoes for straw! Put baby Jesus in the manger!

December 9th:

  • Read Luke 2:8-20
  • Make candy cane cookies to remind you of the shepherds’ staffs! Don’t want to make cookies? Eat a candy cane instead!
  • Act this passage of Scripture out using your nativity scene (or anything else you have)

December 10th:

  • Read Luke 2:21-38
  • Jesus is now 8 days old and he is presented at the temple – where he meets two people who have been waiting for the Messiah to be born! How do you think Simeon and Anna felt when they saw Jesus?
  • It was at this time when Jesus was given his name. Make a name of Jesus ornament for your tree! One way you can do this is to cut 5 circles out of different colored construction paper. Put one letter of Jesus’s name on each circle using glitter, stickers, markers, paint, or anything else you have on hand! Punch a hole in each circle and tie them together with ribbon. Hang it on your Christmas tree!

December 11th:

  • Read Psalm 72:8-13
  • Another prophecy! This one prophecies the kings coming to visit Jesus and bringing Him gifts!
  • Have you done any Christmas shopping yet? Wrap some of your presents and put them under the tree!
  • Make a homemade gift for someone who could use some cheering up. Wrap it up and take it to that person!

December 12th:

  • Read Matthew 2:1-12
  • The Magi saw the star and followed that star to find Jesus! Make a star craft for your tree. Cut a star shape out of any type of paper and give your child craft supplies to decorate it. Punch a hole in the top and use ribbon to attach it to the tree!
  • Play “follow the star”. Similar to follow the leader, except one of you is the “star”. You could even make a star and hold that star up as you lead. Have fun following the star to Bethlehem!

December 13th:

  • Read Hosea 11:1, Matthew 2:13-14
  • King Herod did not like the fact that a new king was born and Jesus was in danger! Joseph was warned in a dream, and the family quickly left for Egypt. Find Egypt on a map. Find Bethlehem. Discuss the trip they took to get to safety.
  • Jesus was a King! Make a crown ornament for you tree. Trace the shape of a crown on hard paper, cut it out and let your child decorate it. Use ribbon to attach it to the tree.

December 14th:

  • Read Jeremiah 31:15, Matthew 2:16-18
  • This is a very sad passage of Scripture, but it is part of what happened when Jesus came to earth as a baby. Talk with your child about the terrible things that happened because of Herod’s hatred towards Jesus. Herod did not value human life at all – and today, many people still do not value human life. But we know that every life is precious because every person was made in the image of God.
  • Spend time today praying for people to realize that every life is precious!

December 15th:

  • Read Luke 2:39-40
  • Now they are living in Nazareth, where Jesus grew up. Jesus grew up . . . just like you are growing up. Talk about some of the things that Jesus may have done as a child. What things are similar to what you do? What things are different?
  • What do you think it was like to be the brother or sister of Jesus? Mary and Joseph had other kids after Jesus was born . . . can you imagine having Jesus as a big brother? Help your child write (or draw) what that would have been like.

December 16th:

  • Read Philippians 2:5-11
  • Jesus humbled himself – he became like a servant – and we need to be servants, too! What are some ways that you can serve the people around you? Look for ways to be a servant today.
  • Someday every knee is going to bow and every tongue is going to confess that Jesus is Lord! Eat fruit roll ups today (let the fruit roll ups remind you of tongues!)

December 17th:

  • Read Matthew 26:47-56
  • Now we are getting to the reason Jesus came to earth. He came to die for our sins! This passage talks about what happened when Jesus was arrested.
  • Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Make a snack using pretzels, Hershey kisses, and red and green m&ms. Put one kiss in the center of each pretzel. Cook them in an oven (350 degrees) for 3 minutes. Place an m&m on each kiss and push it down. Let it cool. Now you have a Christmas snack you can eat that can also remind you of the night Jesus was betrayed.

December 18th:

  • Read Matthew 27:33-54
  • Make a cross ornament for your Christmas tree
  • Use pretzel rods to make a cross snack! Melt chocolate chips (or white chocolate) and dip the pretzel rods in the melted chocolate first. Then add sprinkles. Let it harden and then eat your snack.

December 19th:

  • Read Matthew 27:57-66
  • Jesus died on that cross and then he was placed in a tomb. A rock was placed in front of the tomb. Paint a rock today. Add it to your Christmas decorations.
  • Use playdough to make a tomb. Put your painted rock in front of it. Leave it there overnight.

December 20:

  • Read Matthew 28:1-10
  • Yay! Jesus is alive! Have a race to see who can get to Jesus’s tomb first . . . designate a place as the tomb and have races to see who can get there first!
  • Make empty tomb crescent roll snacks. Roll a marshmallow in sugar and cinnamon, place the marshmallow inside a crescent roll, cook the crescent roll according to package instructions. When you take it out of the oven, the marshmallow should be gone!

December 21st:

  • Read John 20:19-31
  • Make a wreath showing the life of Christ! Use a paper plate, ribbon, and muffin tins. Cut out the center of the paper plate. On the muffin tins, draw a different scene from Jesus’s life. Some things to include could be his birth, the shepherds and angels, the wise men, his crucifixion, and an empty tomb. Glue the muffin tins around the outside of the paper plate. Put a bow on the top and you now have your own wreath!
  • Find some nails. Tie them together with ribbon and hang them on your tree to remind you of Jesus’s sacrifice.

December 22nd:

  • Read Acts 1:1-9
  • Jesus wants us to be his witnesses to the whole world! Make a world ornament today. Use a plain glass or plastic ornament, a map of the world, and mod podge. Cut several circles out of your map of the world and then mod podge them onto the ornament. If you’d like, add a cross over the map to remind you to take the Gospel into the whole world. Tie a ribbon through the top and add this to your tree.
  • Going into the whole world starts with your own neighborhood! Make Christmas Cookies and pass them out to your neighbors. Add a homemade card with a Bible verse or an invitation to come to church with you. Deliver them to your neighbors!

December 23rd:

  • Read Romans 5:6-11
  • Jesus died for you! Make a beaded ornament to remind you of what Jesus did for us! Use a pipe cleaner and add beads for the following colors: Black: sin, Red: the blood of Jesus, Blue: Baptism, White: Jesus cleanses us from our sins, Green: growing in Jesus, Yellow: the promise of heaven. Do those colors in the same order over and over until the pipe cleaner is filled. Shape it to be a circle (wreath) and attach it together. Add a ribbon and tie it on the tree.
  • Make a photo ornament craft.  

December 24th:

  • Read Acts 2:37-47
  • Make church window cookies to remind you of the importance of meeting together as a church! Melt one bag (or more) of chocolate chips in a pan on the stove. Allow it to cool a little and then add an equal amount of bags of mini colored marshmallows. Mix it together. Then split the mixture up into rolls on waxed paper and put them in the refrigerator to harden (at least 24 hours). Take them out, unwrap them, and slice them and you have yummy church window cookies!
  • Buy presents and take them to someone who is in need!

December 25th:

  • Read John 3:16-17
  • Spend time today thanking Jesus for his gift to us!
  • Merry Christmas!!

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The Best Gift of All: A Christmas Lesson for Kids

A FREE Bible Lesson for elementary aged kids about the birth of Jesus Christ! Use this lesson to help your kids understand that Jesus was — and still is — the best gift of all!

This is a lesson to help introduce the Christmas season with your elementary aged kids. It focuses on the Old Testament prophecies related to the birth of Christ and ends by reinforcing that Jesus was — and still is — the best gift of all!

Enjoy!

Cheri 

The Best Gift of All Christmas Lesson

Christmas 2018 Lesson Elementary (printable pdf)

 

 Opening Activities:

1. Beforehand, have a small Christmas tree set up in the corner of your room. As the kids arrive, give them different ornaments and decorations to help decorate the tree. Play Christmas music as they are doing this. Say: Christmas is coming soon! It is fun to decorate for Christmas and to celebrate Christmas, isn’t it? And it’s fun to get and give gifts on Christmas day! Today we are going to talk about the greatest gift of all! (If you don’t want to have a Christmas tree set up, you could do the same thing with a bulletin board. Draw a Christmas tree and have the kids draw/color/glue decorations on that tree.)

2. Have a gift wrapping race! Divide your kids into groups. Give each group tape, wrapping paper, and a box. They have to be the first group to wrap their “present”. The catch? Each person can only use one of their hands – -and NOT the hand they normally use! For example, if they write with their right hands, they can only use their left hands for this task! Good luck! When the kids finish, laugh at the experience (and the wrapping job) and say: You guys did a pretty good job wrapping these gifts. Wrapping gifts at Christmas time can be fun. It is fun to give and get gifts, isn’t it? Today we are going to talk about the very best gift ever given – and this gift is the reason we celebrate Christmas today!

3. Bring in a few of your favorite Christmas gifts from years past. Show the kids these gifts, telling them why you like them so much. Then ask the kids: What was one of the best Christmas gifts you’ve ever gotten? Let a few of the kids answer. Say: Can anyone tell me exactly what you are going to get for Christmas this year? How about 3 years from now? Who can tell me exactly what gifts will be under their Christmas tree ten years from now? No one can honestly answer those questions – we just don’t know. There was one gift, however, that came 2000 years ago, and several people told us exactly how this gift was going to come – hundreds of years BEFORE that gift arrived! We are going to talk about this very special gift today.

The Lesson:

Beforehand: Cut out the Scripture strips at the end of this lesson, put each scripture strip in a box and wrap it like a present. If you have a Christmas tree set up in the room, put the Scripture strip presents under the tree. (You can also use stockings and have one Christmas strip in each stocking if you prefer). (See the downloadable pdf for a copy of the Scripture Strips Sheet).

You will also need either one large present with one large cross inside (or several little crosses – one to send home with each child), or several small presents wrapped with crosses inside (enough for each child to have his/her own present). These crosses can be as simple as a cross cut out of construction paper.

Gather the kids together and have them sit in a circle. Point to the tree and say, Christmas will soon be here. On Christmas, we remember the greatest gift ever given – the gift of Jesus Christ! Jesus came to earth as a baby over 2,000 years ago . . . but did you know that it was prophesied that he would come long before that? Hold up your Bible. This Bible is divided into two sections – the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament tells about the history of God’s people before Jesus came to earth as a baby. It starts with creation and ends about 400 years before Jesus was born. In this section of the Bible are some prophecies that were spoken about the birth of Jesus – hundreds of years before He was born – and EACH ONE happened, just like it was said! Today, we are going to look at some of these prophecies.

Take the first present out from under the tree. Play some music while the kids pass the present around the circle. When the music stops, whoever has the present needs to open the present, take out the Scripture Strip, and read the verse on the Scripture strip. Discuss each verse right after it is read. Then repeat the game until all the Scripture strips have been read and discussed.

Discussion Guide:

1. Isaiah 11:1-2: These verses tells us that Jesus would be from the family of Jesse – who was the father of King David. In other words, Jesus would be born into the same family that King David was! This happened! Both of Jesus’ earthly parents – Mary and Joseph – were in the family of King David!

2.Jeremiah 23:5-6: These verses also tell us that Jesus would be born from the same family as King David. King David himself was even promised that one day one of His descendants would be a king that would reign forever – and Jesus does! Jesus’s kingdom will never end!

3. Isaiah 7:14: This verse tells us that Jesus would be born of a virgin – a woman who is not married and had never been with a man like a married woman is! Guess what? Jesus’s earthly mother was Mary – a young lady who was not yet married and had never been with a man. This is a miracle – but it really happened – just like Isaiah said it would! This verse also tells us that His name would be Immanuel. Do you know what Immanuel means? It means “God with us”. Jesus was God coming down to earth to be right here with us!

4. Micah 5:2: This verse tells us EXACTLY where Jesus was going to be born! What town did it say? The town of Bethlehem. Micah wrote these words hundreds of years before Jesus was born – and they came true! Jesus’s earthly parents had to travel to Bethlehem right before Jesus was born and Jesus ended up being born while they were there – just like Micah had prophesied hundreds of years before!

5. Psalm 72:10: What does this verse sound like it is prophesying? After Jesus was born, some people called Magi (also known as wise men or kings) came looking for him. They saw a special star in the sky that told them a special king had been born, so they went searching for him. They brought him special gifts – does anyone know what they were? Gifts of gold, frankincense and myrhh. These verses in Psalm predicted that those kings would come looking for Jesus and that they would bring him gifts!

6. Jeremiah 31:15: These verses tell of something very sad that would happen close to Jesus’s birth. When the Magi went looking for Jesus, they went to the palace first. That makes sense, doesn’t it? If you are looking for a king, wouldn’t you expect him to be in the palace? However, Jesus wasn’t in the palace – but King Herod was. When King Herod heard that a baby had been born who would one day be king, he got very jealous. He ordered all the baby boys age two and under to be killed! That made so many people very, very sad . . . which is what this verse is talking about. Jeremiah told what King Herod would do hundreds of years before it happened!

When all the gifts have been opened, say: All of those verses we just read were written by people hundreds of years before Jesus was born – and each one of those verses happened just as they were written! Isn’t that amazing to think about? God had the plan to give us this greatest gift of all from the very beginning!

But what was so special about the gift of Jesus? Why did we need a gift like that?

Take out the last present. (If it is possible, have individual crosses wrapped for each of your kids so that they can each open their own present. You could also do this with one large box that has several little crosses in it and pass the crosses out after opening the last present.)

Say: Jesus was a very special gift. He never did anything wrong! He lived a perfect life, and when He grew up, He gave us an even greater gift. Do you know what that gift was? There’s a hint in these presents. Let’s open them and see!

Open the last present (or give each kid a present and let them open up their own present to reveal the cross inside. Say: When Jesus was older, He took the punishment for every wrong thing we have ever done by dying on a cross. That’s what this cross is for! This cross can help us think about and remember that Jesus died for us!

Jesus died and was buried, but three days after He died, He rose from the dead! He was alive again and many people saw Him, talked to Him, and ate with Him! Jesus is alive today and He is getting heaven ready for us. One day, we can go to heaven and be with Jesus.

You see, Jesus truly was – and is – the greatest gift of all!

Read John 3:16 from your Bible.

End with a prayer – thanking God for sending the greatest gift of all – Jesus!

Additional Activities:

1. Make your own little town of Bethlehem gingerbread houses.  

Use graham crackers, frosting, and candy to make your own little town of Bethlehem

2. Make a cross Christmas ornament.  

3. Make chocolate covered crosses using pretzel rods, melted chocolate chips and sprinkles!  For added fun, let the kids add sprinkles to their crosses. Talk about the gift that Jesus gave when He died on the cross for our sins!

4. Make a Christmas wreath depicting the different prophecies and how they came true. Use paper plates and paper muffin tins (red and green ones would look nice). Give the kids the red and green tins and have them draw pictures to represent the different verses you read today on each tin (a different story on each tin). Help them cut the center out of the paper plate and then glue the tins to the paper plate. Put a bow on the top. (You can print the attached one on red or green construction paper and let them use that one if you want).

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Looking for a Christmas gift for your preteen? Check out this fun devotional!

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Homeschool Lesson Over Acts 3-4:12

A free week’s worth of lessons from “The Book of Acts: A Hands-on Homeschool Curriculum!”

Guess what? I just updated my Acts Hands-on Homeschool Bible Curriculum! I am super excited about the new look — and especially the updated worksheets that go with many of the lessons! I want you to have the opportunity to see what this curriculum is like — so here is a week’s worth of lessons taken directly from The Book of Acts:A Hands-on Homeschool Curriculum. Enjoy!

Cheri

Acts  lesson over Acts 3-4:12 (pdf)

 

Sample Lesson 

Memory Verse: Acts 4:12

Day One

Needed: Bible, journal, Stuffed animals, action figures or other toys, box that can be made into a temple gate

Read Acts 3:1-11 with your student. Say: Now you are going to have the opportunity to make your own dramatic production of this Bible event.

Have your student choose three toys to represent each of the characters. Also have him make his own scenery out of cardboard boxes, paper, or other objects that you have around the house. When he has designed his “set”, have him act out the event using the toys he has chosen. Encourage him to be as creative as possible. If you are able, record his final project so that he can watch himself.

When the project is finished, ask the following questions:

  • Where were Peter and John headed? Prayer service at the temple

  • Who was at the temple gate? A man who had been lame from birth

  • What did he ask Peter and John? To give him money

  • What did Peter reply? I don’t have money, but what I have I will give to you. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, walk.

  • What did the man do? He went walking and jumping and praising God.

  • How did the people respond? They were amazed.

  • What can we learn from this? Answers will vary, but may include: nothing is impossible with God, God can help anyone no matter how long they have had a problem, God can use ordinary people to do His work.

Have your student write this week’s memory verse in his journal as copywork.

Spend time memorizing the verses with your student. Spend time in prayer together.

Day Two

Needed: Bible, Journal

Have your student begin today’s lesson by performing his play from yesterday over Acts 3:1-11. Then

Read Acts 3:12-26 with your student. Ask: What did Peter take this opportunity to do? tell about Jesus. Say: Notice that Peter took every opportunity he could to tell others about Christ. The Old Testament is a prophecy about Jesus. The entire Bible points to Jesus. However, the Jews did not want to believe that Jesus was the actual fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. Why do you think this is the case? Allow your student to answer.

Read Matthew 28:11-15. Say: The Jewish leaders wanted lies spread about Jesus. These lies are still spread today. There are many Jews who are still waiting for a Messiah. They still follow the Old Testament laws (over 600 of them!) and they refuse to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. In fact, they believe that the idea that the Messiah would be a sinless sacrifice to save mankind is wrong. Instead, they believe the Messiah will be a political leader who will restore the temple and the Jewish nation. Furthermore, they believe many lies about Jesus himself. (For an example of many of the lies they believe about Jesus, see the Jews for Judaism website, www.jewsforjudaism.org ),

Have your student choose one of the following Journal prompts to write as a journal entry for today. Give him 5-10 minutes to respond to the journal prompt he chooses and then have him share his response with you. Once he has shared, spend time praying for Jews today.

Journal Prompts:

1. Pretend you were one of the soldiers guarding Jesus’ tomb. Write your account of what happened the day of his resurrection. Be sure to include the response of the Jewish leaders and how you feel about their response.

2. If you could talk to a Jew, what would you want to tell them about Jesus? Write a letter sharing what you think they should know.

3. Search the Old Testament for as many of the rules as you can find. Write these down in your journal. Make a big X over all the rules and write, “We are saved by GRACE through JESUS CHRIST!!” Write a letter to Jesus thanking him for his free gift of salvation.

Day Three

Needed: Bible, Journal, Optional: Stories of martyrs, posterboard and art supplies

Review the last lesson. Say: Remember how the Jews didn’t want to believe? Well, let’s look at what happens next.

Read Acts 4:1-4. Say: The Saduccees didn’t believe in any resurrection at all, so they were really upset when they heard what Peter said. Now Peter and John have been put in prison because of their belief in Jesus. Let’s see what Peter has to say about the this.

Read 1 Peter 4:12-19. Say: Peter tells us that it is not unusual to suffer for believing in Jesus. What are some ways people today suffer for believing in Jesus? Allow your student an opportunity to respond. Accept any answer, but be sure to stress that there are people today who are still put in prison, persecuted and sometimes even killed for their belief in Jesus.

If you have a book about martyrs, read some of the stories of persecuted Christians together. You may also choose to visit the Voice of the Martyrs website at www.persecution.com for modern day stories. They also have a children’s website, www.kidsofcourage.com, that gives several ideas of ways your student can get involved in helping the persecuted church.

Say: It is important that we are 100% sold out for Jesus. We should not be afraid of suffering for Jesus; instead, we should count it as an honor. Often, we are afraid of being teased or called names because we are Christians. However, there are people even today who suffer much greater persecution for their faith.

Have your student make a poster challenging others to stand up for Jesus. If it is possible, have your student hang that poster on a bulletin board at church or share it with a Sunday School class.

Spend time praying for the persecuted church and also for the courage to stand for Jesus no matter what.

Day Four

Needed: Bible, journal, blocks

Give your student a pile of blocks. Tell him he needs to build a pyramid as tall as he can with all the blocks he is given. The pyramid must not fall over for at least 30 seconds. Once the pyramid is built, check it to see if it can stand for 30 seconds. Discuss what it took to make a strong pyramid. Stress that the strength of the pyramid depended on the bottom row, or the foundation. If the foundation was strong, the rest of the pyramid was able to stay together. Optional: If you have multiple kids, have them try to make their own human pyramid.

Read Acts 4:5-12. Say: Our foundation needs to be Jesus. Jesus is what our faith is built upon. If Jesus is our foundation, our life will stay strong even in the hardest of times.

Read 1 Peter 2:4-10. Ask: Do you know what a cornerstone is? Allow your student an opportunity to answer. Say: The cornerstone is that part of the building that keeps all the rest in place. If our lives are built on a solid foundation, we will not fall away. The only solid foundation we can have is Jesus.

Read Matthew 7:24-27. Say: Once again, our foundation needs to be Jesus.

If we are wise, we will build our entire life upon Jesus. What are some things that might come against us to try to get us to collapse?

Have your student make a list in his journal of those things that might come against us and try to destroy our faith. Discuss the list with him. Discuss what he can do in each situation to stay strong for Jesus. Spend time praying with him.

Day Five

Needed: Bible, Journal, Cult awareness worksheet (located in the pdf for this lesson)

Read Acts 4:12. Recite it together several times. Say: This verse is vital to the Christian faith. Many people try to tell you there’s a different way to get to heaven and try to lead you astray. That is why it is important to have Jesus as your foundation and to be grounded in the word of God. Otherwise, you may be led astray. You can remember how cults try to lead others astray by remembering your math lessons. There are four primary ways that cults try to lead us astray. They are through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Let’s look at each one of these in greater detail.

1. Addition – Cults try to add to the Bible or provide other books besides the Bible. Read Revelation 22:18-19.

2. Subtraction – Cults subtract from who Jesus Christ is. They say he’s less than who he is by claiming that he is just another prophet or good teacher. Read John 1:1-3 and John 14:8-11.

3. Multiplication – Cults try to multiply the requirements for salvation. Read Acts 4:12.

4. Division – Cults try to divide loyalty between God and man. They try to make you follow what another person says.

Read Acts 4:19. (Note: Discuss how we need to submit to authorities, but when someone tells you to do something contrary to scripture, you need to obey the Bible!) After discussing these patterns of the cults, give the cult awareness worksheet. Have your student tell what pattern each statement is following and then have him respond using the scriptures talked about. When he has finished the worksheet, spend time praying together.

 Extended Activities for Lesson Four

Language Arts

. Compare and Contrast Judaism and Christianity. Use a Venn Diagram or other organizational tool to compare the two. Discuss how, though there may be some similarities, there is one major difference that makes all the difference in the world. Discuss how that difference, belief in Jesus as the Messiah, means that those who practice Judaism are still lost and in need of a savior.

. Choose a cult and do a report on it.

History/Geography

. Choose a martyr and do a report on his/her life and death.

. Find pictures of what the temple gate may have looked like. Make a model of the temple gate.

Math

. Find 3:00 in the afternoon on a clock.

. Look at your clock right now. How long will it be until (or has it been since) 3:00 in the afternoon?

. Do a variety of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. Discuss the patterns of the cults as you do these problems.

Science

. Build a house out of different types of food. Decide what types of food you want to use (examples include pretzels, frosting, marshmallows, chopped fruit or vegetables). Try to make the strongest, yet edible, house you can. Decide which type of food would make the best foundation. Eat your creation.

Preschool Pointer

. Build a house out of sand. Then build a house out of rocks. Take a bucket of water and pour it over both houses. Which one stood? Which type of house would you want to live in? Why? Discuss how Jesus can help us stand during storms.

. Act out Acts 3:1-11 using sock puppets.

Act On It

. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or take some food to a food pantry.

. Check out the Voice of the Martyrs website (www.persecution.com) for some ideas on how you can get involved in helping the persecuted church. Do one of their activities as a family.

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Purchase the Acts Curriculum HERE.

Bold Faith: A Lesson over Matthew 8:5-13

Free Lesson over bold faith from Bold: A 10 Week Study for Families and Churches. Includes ideas for games, crafts, snacks, a Bible lesson, a Bold Believer Biography and more!

I would like to introduce you to my new 10 week Bible curriculum for families and churches. This study is called Bold:A 10 Week Study for Families and Churches, and it is based off the Bible Reading Plan for Summer 2017. Each lesson contains an opening skit and activities, a strong Biblically solid lesson, a Bold Believer Biography, and additional activities to reinforce the lesson. Topics covered include bold love, bold faith, bold service, bold giving, bold prayer, bold actions, and more. Bold biographies include such heroes of the faith as George Mueller, Hudson Taylor, C.T. Studd, Martin Luther, William Wilberforce, and Brother Andrew.

Following is a free sample lesson from this study for you to use with the kids in your life! I hope you enjoy it . . . and that you will consider purchasing the entire study. Thank you!

Cheri

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Lesson Two – Bold Faith

Opening Skit:

(Scene opens with the Leader standing on stage. Adult comes hobbling in, dressed like an “old” person . . . white hair, shawl around shoulders, glasses down on the nose, walking with a cane.)

Leader: Welcome to week two of our BE BOLD series!

Adult: (hobbling in, talking like an “old person”) Wait for me! I’m here! I’m coming!

Leader: What in the world? What are you doing?

Adult: I’m here for the Be OLD series! It took me awhile, but I got myself all dressed up and I am ready to Be OLD with you!

Leader: Be old with me? What are you talking about?

Adult: The series we’re doing with the young’uns! Be OLD! Now, I admit, I thought it was kinda strange at first, but I guess I can see the value in it. After all, there are a lot of OLD people in the Bible. Who are we going to learn about first?

Leader: We’re not going to learn about the old people of the Bible! Our theme is not Be OLD, it’s Be . . .

Adult: Eh? What was that? Can you speak a little louder and clearer? I’m having trouble hearing you today.

Leader: I said, “Our theme is not be OLD, it’s BE . . .

Adult: Now, wait a minute you young whipper-snapper. I don’t quite appreciate the tone you are using with me. Back in my day, if a young-un talked to his elder that way, he’d be . . .

Leader: His elder? You’re not my elder! And what’s with this crazy outfit, the theme is not be OLD, it’s Be . . .

Adult: (Straightening up and talking in his normal voice) Come on, I worked really hard putting all this together to follow our theme of Be OLD! Some of us have to work harder than others to fit in with this theme!

Leader: (speaking very deliberately and loudly) Ok. Listen to me. Listen very carefully. Our theme is not BE OLD, it’s BE BOLD. BOLD! B . . B . . B . .

Leader & Adult: Bold

Leader: Yes BOLD!

Adult: Oh.

Leader: Now, why don’t you go change out of that crazy outfit you have on and join us for the rest of the day. I’m sure I can find something for you to do.

Adult: Okay. I’ll go change out of this. But what about you?

Leader: What do you mean “what about me”?

Adult: Aren’t you going to change out of your outfit, too? After all, the theme isn’t BE OLD, it’s BE BOLD? (short pause) Oh, I forgot, you can’t change out of your outfit! That’s your natural look!

(Adult 1 runs off the stage while Leader 1 chases after saying something like, “Why

you . . . “

Another adult should come forward and lead the kids in “Be Bold, Be Strong” (or whatever song you are using as a theme song) at this point.

Opening Activities:

1. Have an obstacle course relay race with your group. Beforehand, make a fun obstacle course for the kids to attempt. At the end of the obstacle course, have an item that they have to touch. (The item will represent Jesus). Then divide your kids into teams and have a race to see which team can get through the obstacle course first (with each member running through the obstacle course and touching “Jesus” at the end.)

Say: In this game, there were several obstacles you had to go through to get to Jesus. It would have been easy to have gotten discouraged and to have given up. Sometimes there are obstacles in our life, too, but we need to keep going . . . to push through those obstacles and to reach out to Jesus. We need to have BOLD FAITH!

2. Today’s lesson will be looking at the faith of the Roman Centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant who was paralyzed. Give the kids an opportunity to think about the challenges a paralyzed person would face through the following (very messy) activity:

Choose a few kids or adult volunteers to come up front and try this activity or, if time and space allows, let all the kids try. Have the volunteers stand in front of a table with their arms behind their backs. Say: You are going to have an opportunity to have a special treat today – a banana split – but there is one important rule you have to follow. You must keep your hands behind your back at all times, and the only part of your body that you can use to make and eat your banana split is your neck on up.

Place the following items in front of your volunteers: a small bowl of vanilla ice cream, a banana (still in the peel), a small cup of chocolate syrup and a small cup of sprinkles. When you give the signal, each volunteer must open the banana, put it in the cup of ice cream, add chocolate syrup and sprinkles and then eat the snack.

Make sure you have a camera ready to record this activity!

When the volunteers finish (or when you decide to end the activity) use the following questions to aid your discussion:

  • What was the hardest part about this activity?

  • What do you think it would be like if you could only use your neck and above for every activity you had to do?

  • What would be the biggest challenges you would face?

Say: Today’s Bible lesson is about a person who was paralyzed – that means he couldn’t move all of his body. It’s quite possible that he was only able to move his neck and head. Life would have been very tough on him . . . but we are also going to learn how someone’s BOLD FAITH changed everything in this person’s life!

3. Object Lesson: Beforehand, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a bowl. Add a few drops of water and stir it together. Dip a cotton swab into the mixture and then use it to write the word “Faith” on a white piece of paper. Set the paper aside and make sure it dries completely before you use it with the kids.

Take out several pieces of white paper, the one with the secret message included. Say: What would you say if I said that there was a secret message on one of these papers? Would you believe me? Discuss. Say: Well, you are just going to have to believe me when I tell you that one of these papers has a secret message on it. In fact, the secret message is on THIS one! (hold up the paper with the word on it). Do you believe me?

Sometimes we have to believe things that we can’t always see. When I flip on the light switch, I have to believe that the light will turn on, even though I can’t see the electricity itself. Choosing to believe in something that you can’t see is called FAITH, and today we are going to talk about what it means to have BOLD faith.

Hold the piece of paper over a flame or candle (be very careful not to burn the paper) until the message reappears. As the lemon juice warms up, it should show the word. As this is happening, say: God wants us to have faith in Him . . . a faith so strong that we are willing to do anything for Him and that we trust Him with everything. When things around us start to heat up and get difficult, our faith shines through. Show the word on the paper: FAITH. Today we are going to talk about what it means to have BOLD FAITH.

The Lesson:

Beforehand, prepare a “centurion helmet” and gather a bunch of post-it-notes and pens.

Hold the centurion helmet up in front of the group. Say: This is a helmet that I want you to imagine was worn by a Roman Centurion from long ago. This centurion was in charge of many people. He made sure that his group was ready to do whatever was expected at a moment’s notice. Each person in his group knew that they must obey what he told them to do. If he said to “jump” everyone in his group would jump. If he said “spin around in a circle” everyone in his group would spin in a circle. He was in charge and, if you were in his group, you had better do what he said!

How well do you think you could obey a Roman Centurion? Let’s play a little game to find out. Play a quick game of “Centurion Says”. Whenever you say “Centurion Says” the kids have to do what you say. If you give them a command without saying “Centurion Says”, they should not obey. Wear the helmet while you are pretending to be the centurion. You might also choose to let a couple of the kids take a turn being the centurion as well. Whoever is wearing the helmet is the centurion and must be obeyed!

When you are finished playing the game, have all the kids sit down. Say: You did a great job playing this game. Now, let’s see if you can listen well and do what I say during the rest of this lesson. Every time I say, “Centurion says” followed by an instruction, you have to do what I tell you to do. Do you think you can do that? Great! Let’s start the lesson.

Today’s lesson is about one particular Roman Centurion and how he showed BOLD FAITH!

This centurion, like other centurions, was in charge of a lot of men. One of the men he was in charge of was very sick. In fact, the Bible says that this man was paralyzed. That means that he could not move! Centurion says “put your arms straight by your side and sit perfectly still – don’t move!”

The centurion in today’s lesson heard about a man named Jesus. He heard that Jesus could heal people – that he made sick people well and lame people walk again. He knew that if he could get to Jesus, Jesus could heal his servant! So, the Centurion walked to where Jesus was. Centurion says “move your legs up and down like you are walking”.

When the centurion saw Jesus, he said, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him”. Jesus was willing to go to the Centurion’s house and heal his servant! That’s great news! Centurion says, “Clap your hands and cheer”.

But do you know what the Centurion did next? The centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it!” The centurion knew that all Jesus had to do was say the word and his servant would be healed! The centurion had BOLD FAITH!

Jesus was very pleased with the centurion’s faith. In fact, Jesus said that the centurion had greater faith than anyone he had seen in Israel! Then Jesus told the centurion to go back home and his servant would be healed. Centurion says, “Move your legs up and down like you are running really fast. Faster! Faster!”

When the centurion got home, he discovered that his servant was completely healed! The centurion had BOLD FAITH and Jesus rewarded that BOLD FAITH by healing his servant!

We need to have BOLD FAITH, too! We need to trust God no matter what! Are there areas where it is hard for you to have faith? Do you need to ask Jesus to give you faith like the centurion in today’s lesson?

Give each child a post-it note and a pen. Have them write one area where they need to have bold faith. Encourage them to write it in one word. (Examples include the following: home, school, money, food, doctor, etc). When the kids have written their one word that represents where they need BOLD FAITH have them bring the post-it notes up front and stick them on the helmet. Spend a few moments praying for the kids using the words that they wrote as a guide.

Bold Believer Biography:

Today’s bold believer biography is about George Mueller. Use the video “Bold Faith: The Incredible Story of George Mueller (for kids) by Cheri Gamble found here:  

or use the following narration to tell the story yourself.

(Beforehand, gather some bread or rolls and cartons of milk. Keep them hidden until needed in the story.)

Say: When I think of someone who had BOLD FAITH, I think of a man named George Mueller. George grew up in Germany in the early 1800s, and he wasn’t really a very nice kid. He would steal from people – he even stole from his own parents – and he liked to make fun of Christians.

One day, he went to a Bible study. The reason he went was to make fun of the Christians, but God had other plans for him. The words he heard at that Bible study changed his life, and he became a brand new person! He was 100% on fire for Jesus!

God used George in amazing ways, but what we are going to look at today is the BOLD FAITH that George had! George and his wife ended up opening up an orphanage for children who had no parents. George trusted God to provide for everything they needed. He never asked people for money to help run the

orphanage . . . he simply took everything to God in prayer and trusted God to provide.

One day, the orphanage was completely out of food. The kids were hungry, but there was nothing to feed them! George had all the kids sit at the dining room table and then he prayed, thanking God for the food He was about to provide. The thing is – there was NO FOOD in sight! What would they do?

Well, guess what happened next? There was a knock on the door. When George opened the door, he saw the town baker standing at the door with a basket of bread. (take out the bread). The baker told George that he had woken up in the middle of the night feeling that he needed to bake some bread for George and the orphans! He baked the bread at 2 in the morning and brought the bread to the orphanage right when it was needed!

The story doesn’t end there. A short time later, there was another knock on the door. The milkman’s truck had broken down right in front of the orphanage! It was going to take awhile for the truck to get fixed, and all the milk would be spoiled by the time the truck was ready to go! The milkman offered all that milk to the orphans! What an amazing answer to prayer! (take out the milk.)

George Mueller had BOLD FAITH! He trusted God with every detail of his life, and God took care of him! God will take care of you, too! Will YOU have bold faith?

Optional: pass out the bread and milk as a snack for the kids to eat while they watch the video mentioned below.

A fun video to help tell this story is found here:

  

 

Additional Activities:

1. Make an “invisible ink” painting. Have the kids make their own invisible ink using baking soda and water. Then have them draw a design using this invisible ink on white paper and set the paper aside. Later in the day, after the paper has had time to dry, pass out the white paper (make sure everyone gets a different paper from the one they made). Give the kids grape juice concentrate and have them paint over the paper to reveal the secret message. Remind the kids that, even though we can’t see God, we need to have faith that He is there and that He will take care of us!

2. Make homemade bread and/or milk shakes to remind the kids of the BOLD FAITH of George Mueller.

3. Have the kids make centurion helmets of their own. Find a template here:  

4. The Bible tells us that we should not worry about anything because God will take care of us . . . we are worth more than the sparrows and He takes care of them! Do a craft that will tie in the BOLD FAITH of George Mueller and also remind the kids that they are worth more than the sparrows! Help the kids make bird feeders out of old milk jugs! Find instructions at the following sites: 

5. Teach the kids the song “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and sing it together!

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Jesus Gives Me Living Water: A Lesson over the Woman at the Well

A free Bible lesson for children over John 4:1-42! Perfect for Sunday School or Children’s Church services!

Jesus Gives Me Living Water

A Bible Lesson over the Woman at the Well

Opening Activities:

1. As the kids come in, give them some saltine crackers or pretzels, but don’t give them anything to drink. Talk with them about what it is like to be thirsty. Have you ever had a time when you were really thirsty? What did you do? Keep offering them the crackers or pretzels as you discuss what it is like to be thirsty. Then say, “Today we are going to talk about what it means to have LIVING WATER!” Depending on the kids, you may want to offer them a drink before going on to the lesson. If your kids can handle it, though, don’t give them the drink until the lesson is over.

2. Do a science experiment to demonstrate LIVING WATER. Beforehand, fill two glass canisters with liquid. In one glass canister, have simply water. In the other one, have Sprite (or a drink like Sprite). Then hold up a couple raisins. The raisins represent our lives. Put some raisins in the glass with water. The raisins should sink to the bottom and stay there. Say, “This is what it is like when we do not have Jesus in our lives. We go through life but we never really experience true life. We stay at the bottom, in the dumps, not really getting anywhere at all. But when Jesus comes along, He gives us living water . . . water that causes us to have true life! With Jesus, we can SOAR!” Put the raisins in the Sprite and watch what happens!

3. Give the kids water and straws and let them blow into the straws to make bubbles in the water. Who can make the largest bubbles? Who can make the fastest bubbles? The kids will have a blast with this . . . let them explore and have fun! For even more fun, add food coloring to some of the water! When they are finished playing with the water, say, “It was a lot of fun making bubbles in our water, wasn’t it? Well, today we are going to learn about the LIVING WATER that Jesus gives us . . . water which makes our life BUBBLE with joy!”

The Lesson

For added fun during this lesson, have a teen or adult volunteer standing nearby. Every time the word “water” is said, have someone spray that volunteer with a squirt gun or throw a cup of water on him. The kids will LOVE seeing this happen!

(Have someone dressed in a Bible costume share today’s lesson. This is the woman at the well.)

Have you ever had a time when you were really, really thirsty and all you could think about was having a drink of nice, cool, refreshing water? Let me tell you about a time when I was thirsty . . . but then I met someone who showed me that what I really needed wasn’t a drink of this water (holds up a cup) but a drink of LIVING water!

It all started when I was getting some water from the well in our town. Have you ever had to get water from a well? It’s not easy! First, I had to walk to the well, carrying my empty bucket! Can you show me what you think it would look like to walk to a well carrying a bucket? (encourage kids to walk in place acting like they are carrying a bucket).

Once I got to the well, I had to lower the bucket down into the well, fill it with water, and then bring it back up again. Show me what you think that would look like! (have kids act like they are drawing water out of a well)

Getting water from a well takes a lot of work! It makes you tired! What do you look like when you are tired? Can you show me? (have kids show “tired” expressions).

Well, when I got to the well on this day, I noticed that I wasn’t alone! There was someone else at the well with me! There was a man at the well. This man wasn’t from my town. In fact, I could tell by looking at him that he was from a group of people that didn’t like the people of our town very much at all. I was sure he would go away when he saw me a the well next to him. And, if he didn’t go away, I was sure he would act like he didn’t even see me. Show me what you look like when you want to act like you don’t see someone. (have kids close eyes or turn head away to act this out)

But this man didn’t go away and He didn’t act like I wasn’t there! No, he started to talk to me! Yes, you heard me right, he TALKED to me! I was very surprised! What do you look like when you are surprised? Show me your most surprised look. (have kids show “surprised” looks).

This man asked me to give him a drink of water. I couldn’t believe he would ask ME for water, and I told him so. Then he told me that if I knew who he was, I would have asked HIM for water and he would have given me living water.

I thought that was very funny! How could HE give ME water? He didn’t have anything to use to get the water! He didn’t have a bucket or anything. He couldn’t give me water. What do you look like when you think something is funny? Do you laugh? Show me! (have kids laugh)

But this man didn’t stop there. He told me that everyone who drinks of this water would thirst again, but whoever drinks the water that he gives would never thirst again! Wow! I wanted that water! Could you imagine? I would never have to go to the well again! I would never be thirsty again! That would be something worth celebrating! Can you celebrate with me? (have kids cheer and clap their hands).

Guess what happened next? This man started to tell me about ME! He knew about the bad life I was living. He knew about all the wrong things I had done. He knew ME! That’s when I found out who this man was. This man was JESUS – the one who had been promised to come and save us! And here he was, talking to me at the well and offering me living water!

Meeting Jesus changed my life, and meeting Jesus will change YOUR life, too!

Yes, a nice, cool, refreshing cup of water will take away your thirst for awhile, but only Jesus can truly satisfy! I want to THIRST for JESUS! I want Him to change my life and make me more like him. What about you? Will you let Jesus change your life?

Beforehand, use large blocks to make the shape of a well. (You can even have the kids do this with you before the lesson begins). Say, “The woman in today’s story needed Jesus to change her life. She had done a lot of bad things, and Jesus knew all about those things — but He still loved her and wanted to give her that living water. Jesus wants to give you that living water, too! He wants to forgive you for all the bad things you have done and help you live for Him!” Give the kids a piece of paper shaped like a bucket or glass of water.  On this bucket, have them draw or write a prayer to Jesus asking Him to change their lives or a picture of something they need Jesus to forgive and to help them not do anymore. Once they have drawn their pictures, have them drop them in the “well” that you made out of blocks. Say, Jesus can give you LIVING WATER, too!

Additional Activities:

1. Play water games! If it is a hot day, go outside and run through the sprinkler or play a game of sponge dodge ball. Talk about how refreshing water can be . . . but that the water that refreshes our soul is only found in Jesus!

2. Set some empty two liter bottles up on a table. Give your kids a squirt gun and have them try to shoot the two liter bottles so that they fall over. Each time the kids get one to fall over, ask a review question from today’s lesson.

3. Give the kids grapes (or other fruit) and yogurt and have them design (and then eat) their own wells.

4. Service project: Have the kids collect unopened water bottles and then deliver them to people in your area who could use them!

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Hope you enjoyed this lesson and that you are able to use it with your kids! If you are looking for a longer study to do with all ages, check out Journeying Through James. This is study that we did in all of our children’s ministries a few years ago (we used it with elementary, junior high, and high school aged kids). It takes you through the book of James in one school year. Click on the image below to find out more!

May God bless you as you serve Him!

Cheri

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Journeying Through James Bible Reading Plan

A Bible Lesson for Children on the Value of Life

A free Bible lesson for preschool and elementary aged children on the value of human life. Perfect for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday!

January is Sanctity of Human Life Month.  Our children need to be taught that all life is valuable and this Bible lesson will help you do just that.  This lesson teaches that ALL PEOPLE are valuable because God made ALL PEOPLE and Jesus died for ALL PEOPLE. This lesson is best used with preschool and lower elementary children.

If you are looking for a deeper lesson on the value of life to use with your upper elementary students and teens, you can find one here.

I hope you are able to use this lesson! If you do use it, feel free to post pictures over in our  facebook group!

In His Service,

Cheri

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Opening Activities:

1. Put masking tape on the floor in a circle to mark off a space that would be a small for most of your children. (If you have a wide variety of sizes represented in your kids, make several circles.) Have the kids take turns standing in the circles while you give them activities to do. Activities you might want to use include: Kick your legs, but make sure your legs don’t leave the circle; Stretch your arms out as far as you can without leaving the circle, Hop on one leg, but don’t leave the circle, etc)

When you are finished, say: You did a great job following the instructions that I gave! You used your feet and hands without ever leaving the circle! It wasn’t always easy, was it? You had such a small space!

Do you know that you once lived in a space even smaller than that? When you were still inside your mommies, you lived in a very, very, small space. Yet, you were still able to use your hands and feet! In fact, you probably jumped, stretched, and did somersaults! That’s because when you were a baby inside your mommy, you were ALIVE, just like you are now . . . with hands and feet, mouths and eyes and ears. You were special . . . just like you are now! Today we are going to talk about how ALL PEOPLE are special because GOD made ALL PEOPLE and because JESUS died for ALL PEOPLE . . . even the babies who are still inside their mommies!

2. Play your own little game of “The Price is Right”. Put up different items and have your kids “bid” on what each item costs. Record the bids and then reveal the correct answers. Another variation is to put two items side by side and have the kids guess which one costs the most money. The last item you show should be a human being.

Say: This human being is worth WAY more than any of the other items! In fact, you can’t really put a dollar amount on a human’s life! God made the person, which makes this person INCREDIBLY valuable! Not only that, but the cost for this person was another life – the life of Jesus Christ. GOD made ALL PEOPLE and Jesus died for ALL PEOPLE. Therefore, ALL PEOPLE are extremely valuable!

The Lesson:

Begin by showing kids pictures of ultrasounds. This would be even neater if you are able to arrange ahead of time to get ultrasounds of some of the kids in your class. Point out the different parts of the baby. Say: These are all pictures of babies before they are even born. All these babies are still inside their mommas!

Guess what? These babies all have a heart that is beating! Do you have a beating heart? (Help kids put their hands over the hearts to feel their heart beat).

These babies all have hands. Do you have hands? Can you wiggle your hands? Raise your hands high in the air? Clap your hands together really fast? (have kids do each of those as you say them)

These babies all have feet. Do you have feet? Can you stomp your feet? Run in place really fast? Jump up high? (have kids do each of those as you say them)

What are some other things these babies have that you have? (Let kids discuss). These babies are a lot like you, aren’t they? They just haven’t been born yet, but they are still alive, and some day, they will be able to do all the things that you can do!

Listen to this verse from the Bible! Read Psalm 139:13-14. Who made all these babies? (God) Who made you? (God)

Yes, God made you, and, because God made you, you are VERY, VERY special! You were special when you were still inside your mommy, and you are special now!

In fact, God made EVERYONE! ALL PEOPLE are special because God made ALL PEOPLE!

Not only are you special because God made you, but you are also special because God sent JESUS to die for you! Do you know how God sent Jesus here? He sent Him here as a little baby! (show a picture of baby Jesus or piece of baby Jesus from a manger scene)

Jesus was a baby! That means he spent time inside his mommy! He had two hands (have kids stretch their hands high in the sky and wiggle them) He had two feet (have kids stomp their feet) He had a tongue (tell kids to touch their tongues) He had two ears (have kids touch their ears) He was a baby, just like you were! Then he grew up, just like you are growing up. But there was one big difference between Jesus and us. Jesus NEVER did anything wrong! He ALWAYS obeyed his parents. He ALWAYS said good words. He ALWAYS did the right thing!

And, because He never did anything wrong, He was able to take the punishment for everything WE did wrong. He DIED for us! (show a picture of Jesus on the cross).

But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Three days after being buried in the tomb, He rose from the dead! He was alive again.

Let’s count to three! (count to three) Now let’s count backwards from three (count backwards from three). Jesus is no longer dead! He is now in heaven, getting ready for US! If we say we are sorry for all the wrong things we have done and decide that we want to do what Jesus wants us to do, we can be with him in heaven some day!

Jesus DIED for us! That makes us pretty special!

In fact, Jesus died for EVERYONE! That makes EVERYONE pretty special!

ALL PEOPLE are special because Jesus died for ALL PEOPLE!

Give kids an assortment of old magazines and newspapers (go through them beforehand to make sure that everything in them is appropriate for children). Have the kids go through the newspapers and cut out pictures of people. Help them glue these on a bigger piece of paper with the heading “Jesus died for . . .”. Discuss with the kids how Jesus died for EVERY PERSON, no matter what they look like, how much money they have, the clothes they wear, where they live, etc. Say: God made ALL PEOPLE and Jesus died for ALL PEOPLE . . . that makes all people pretty special and worth a whole lot!!

AND Jesus wants ALL PEOPLE to follow him! Let’s pray for that right now. End by praying for people all over the world to follow Jesus. (It would also be neat to pray for the people that are on the posters that you recognize . . . celebrities, local people from the news, etc. If you or your kids know who any of the people on the posters are, have them pray for those people by name.)

Additional Activities:

1. Have a baby shower for a local pregnancy resource center. Encourage kids to bring in diapers, wipes, or baby clothes that will be donated to the center and given away to their clients.

2. Have the kids fill out a “God made me special” printable.

3. Beforehand, prepare sugar cookies (or another snack that can be easily adaptable). Then provide the kids with different colored frosting and help them frost the cookies, using a different color for each one. Say: Each of these cookies looks different because you used different colored frosting. However, they were all made by the same person (ME), and I know that they all will taste exactly the same (Super delicious!). In the same way, people might look different from one another – they might have different colored hair, eyes, or skin – but they were all made by the same person (GOD) and they are all SPECIAL! (Let the kids eat a cookie if they’d like).

4. Give kids a variety of fruit (grapes, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, etc). Instruct them to make a person out of their fruit, but don’t give any other direction. Walk around the group, commenting on what they are creating and giving them praise for their work. Let some of the kids share their creations with the group. Then say: You guys all did a great job making your people! You know what I like about this? None of your creations look exactly the same! Each person looks different! Yet, you had the same food to use to make your people . . . and they still turned out different from one another! Even though your creations are all different, they are made out of the same food and they will all taste SUPER GOOD!!! That’s just how it is with people! We all look different from one another, but we were all made out of the same stuff and we are all SUPER SPECIAL because GOD made us and JESUS died for us!

5. Draw an outline of a woman on a piece of paper. Make a “womb” by drawing a circle on the picture you drew and provide copies to all your kids. Have the kids draw a picture of a baby inside that circle. Encourage them to add eyes, nose, mouth, hands, feet, etc. Talk about how the baby inside the mom is alive, just like they are! Have the kids draw a mouth, nose, eyes, ears and hair on the woman as well. Talk about how the woman is also special. Say: Both the baby and the mommy are super special. Why? Because GOD made both of them and because Jesus died for both of them! ALL PEOPLE are special and God wants ALL PEOPLE to follow Him!

6. Sing “We All Bleed the Same” by Mandisa (or play it in the background while kids are working on their projects)

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