Jesus Feeds 5000 (Gr. 4-6)

Date Used: March 14, 2010

Scripture: Mark 6:30-44

Theme: Jesus cared about the needs of 5000 people. He miraculously provided. Are we thankful for what He provides for us?

Grade: 4, 5, 6

Author/Assembler: Teresa Klassen

Introducing the big idea (10 Minutes)

* Have a paper bag lunch for this activity. Inside the bag have enough crackers or cookies to feed the class.

Question: “What is your favorite, favorite food? Wait, I don’t want you to just tell me your favorite food. What we are going to try to do is remember EVERYONE’S favorite food.”

GAME

  • Get the kids to sit in a big circle (*If your numbers are too large, then divide into 2 groups, but if they are too small then this game will be too easy)
  • Explain that you will say one favorite food and then the next person has to say that food and then add one of their own, and then the next says the 2 previous and then adds one…you go around the circle and try to remember ALL the foods. If you slip up…you’re out.

Conclusion: “All this talk about food is making me hungry! Now, what if you had a huge party at your place with 50 friends and you wanted to have your favorite food served at the party.  So you’d go to your mom and you would say, “could we have (name a meal) at my party?” And your mom would say, “OK”.  So it takes a while to make the food and everyone is getting super hungry.  Really, really hungry! Finally, you’re mom calls you in and says it’s ready. You run into the kitchen, excited to see all this great food and there is….one plate. One small plate of food for 50 people!

What do you think would happen then?

Get a few answers from the children.

“Today we are going to tell a story about some people who were very, very hungry.  Not just 50 people, but 5,000 people were very, very hungry and there didn’t seem to be any food anywhere!!!! In fact….(pull out the little lunch bag we have prepared for you and show the kids the one little lunch) there was only one little lunch to feed 5000 people!”

Tell and Retell the story (8 minutes)

1.        Read the story first out of the Bible: Mark 6:30-44

Then

2.        If you have access to a DVD version of the story, show that. Or, here is a suggested link. Show this version of the story – it’s a bit funny (at a kid level) but it will reinforce the lesson with a little humor (to preview the video, you can see it at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxVckgUo-ig

Drama! (10-15 minutes)

Have the kids act out the story (make copy of scripts for all children who are acting.)

  • Pick someone to play the narrator
  • Pick someone to play Jesus
  • Pick someone to play his disciples (you will need 4)
  • Pick someone to be the boy with the lunch
  • Have the rest of the kids sit on the ground and be the hungry crowd

Make sure the kids act with expression…tell the crowd if they aren’t acting with enough expression they can call out “Expression!”

Props: Bag lunch you used before, inside are enough cookies to feed the class.

JESUS FEEDS 5000 SCRIPT

Narrator: People from all over would come to hear Jesus speak. They would follow Him wherever He went.  One day, they followed Him far out of town. They listened to Him all day, and late in the day they were getting pretty hungry!

Disciple 1: Jesus look at all these people!

Disciple 2: They look very hungry!

Narrator: The crowd was saying, “I am so hungry!” (make the crowd say, “I am so hungry” and if they don’t do it loud enough, make them do it again!)

Jesus: We need to feed them!

Disciple 3: But Jesus, we don’t have any food!

Jesus: No food at all?

Disciple 4: There is a little boy with a little bit of food

Boy: I have 5 little loaves of bread and 2 fish

Disciple 1: I was really hoping for a hamburger

Disciple 2: And a milkshake

Disciple 3: And some French-fries

Disciple 4: What about a nice healthy salad?

Boy: All I have is 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread.

Disciple 1: That’s not enough to feed all these people

Disciple 2: There are 5000 people Jesus!

Narrator: The crowd was saying, “I am so hungry!” (make the crowd say, “I am so hungry” and if they don’t do it loud enough, make them do it again!)

Jesus: (says to the boy) Will you share your lunch with me?

Boy: OK…but it’s only a little lunch!

Narrator: The crowd was saying, “I am so hungry!” (make the crowd say, “I am so hungry” and if they don’t do it loud enough, make them do it again!)

The Boy comes and brings his lunch bag to Jesus

Jesus: (prays) Thank you Father-God for this food.  Now…go hand out the food to the people.

Narrator: Then the most amazing thing happened. Jesus prayed over the food and a miracle happened…those 2 fish and 5 pieces of bread became more and more and more…and there were soon basketfuls of bread to feed everyone! No one was hungry at all…they all thanked Jesus for the food!

The boy hands out what is inside the bag

Game: 1 Fish, 2 Fish….? (5 or 6 minutes)

This is just a quick fun game to get some of the wiggles out of the kids…

  • Have the children all line up and take the Fish Bag and some tape and tape a fish on the back of each child. Make sure they don’t see the name of the color on their back (there will be some more complicated names)
  • The game is that they have to go to other children and say “1 Fish, 2 Fish, Am I A (name of a color) Fish?”
  • When they get the answer right they can take the fish off their back and put it in the garbage.  Then they just stay in the game to help the other kids guess their fish.

Teaching Moment (5 or 6 minutes)

When Jesus was sitting and talking to that big crowd of people and saw that they were so hungry, He could have said to them, “Well, I guess you will need to find food for yourselves.”

But He didn’t, did He?

Jesus was kind and generous and He cared about their needs.

Jesus cares about our needs too.  Sometimes we can think that our needs don’t matter to Him. He is God after all.

o      Does he care about my test coming up on Monday?

o      Does he care if I am worried about something?

o      Does he care if I am looking for a summer job?

o      Does he care if I have lost something?

o      Does he care if I am scared?

He does care. We can always come to Him and pray about the things we need. Our God is our provider. Just as He fed the 5000 on the hill that day, he really cares about our needs.

For that reason, we express our thanks to God – I am thinking the people on the hill were pretty thankful when He fed them for nothing. He performed a huge miracle just because he cared about them

We also need to remember to be thankful for the big and little ways that God provides for us and answers our prayers.

When we eat our meals and we pray over them and thank God for them, it’s important.  We can’t take for granted that the food is there. God has made it possible for us to eat that meal that day.

God’s Generosity (10 minutes)

  • Take some time to discuss these verses. Divide the kids into smaller groups of 3 to 4 people, and help them locate the verse in the Bible. They should discuss it, and after a time they should share it with the larger group

Group 1 — Malachi 3:6

This verse is near the end of the Old Testament (half way through your Bible). Read the first part of this verse. Why should we be thankful about this?

Group 2 – Psalm 18:30

This verse is in the Old Testament (in the first half of your Bible). After reading this verse, why should this make us thankful?

Group 3 – Psalm 145:8

This verse is in the Old Testament (in the first half of your Bible). After reading this verse, why should this make us thankful?

Group 4 – Isaiah 41:10

This verse is in the Old Testament (in the first half of your Bible). After reading this verse, why should this make us thankful?

Memory Verse (5-8 Minutes)

* This is week 3 of this verse

Hebrews 13:5 Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

Divide the kids into two groups and have a leader lead this repetition exercise as follows. After you say Jesus said, then say I.  Kids repeat it. Then you say “will” and they have to say “I will” then you say “never” and they have to say “I will never”….etc.

Jesus said…

I

I will

I will never

I will never leave

I will never leave you

I will never leave you or

I will never leave you or forsake

I will never leave you or forsake you

Then have a discussion around what that verse means…

Why would Jesus want us to know that He would never leave us? (Do other people sometimes leave us?) – just reinforce the point that no matter what, Jesus is always with us, wherever we go and he will never lose sight of us, or ignore us, or forget about us…

Blessing (1 Minute)

Pray for the kids:

“I pray this blessing over each one of you.

Each of you is precious in God’s sight.

God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.

I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.

May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.  Amen.


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2 responses to “Jesus Feeds 5000 (Gr. 4-6)

  1. thank god for such people as u … i was surfing the internet and found ur website … liked it …. it helps me alot in sunday school … but what about crafts …

    Blessings.

    • Hi Nancy…we try to stick to what is doable in a small church like ours. Sometimes crafts are just…crafts…and don’t emphasize the lesson we want the kids to learn. So if we are inspired with a craft, we include it. If we aren’t, then we do something else 🙂

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