|January 31, 2010||Grade 2-3||Mark 2:1-12
|Jesus’ heals the paralytic. Bringing our friends to Jesus.|
Prepared by Vicki Waddell
“The paralyzed man’s need moved his friends to action, and they brought him to Jesus. When you recognize someone’s need, do you act? Many people have physical and spiritual needs you can meet, either by yourself or with others who are also concerned. Human need moved these four men; let it also move you to compassionate action.” Taken from the Life Application Bible’s notes on Mark 2:1-12
Attention Grabber: (10 minutes)
Say: “This week we are learning about how we can share Jesus with our friends. One way we can share Jesus love with our friends and others is by showing kindness and helping when they are in need. So, we are going to start by playing a game. Who likes to act?”
Play charades: give each child who wants to act a “need” to act out. The other children guess what is being acted out and say what they could do to ease the need. Needs can include: hungry, cold, lonely, sad, scared, tired, etc.
Explain that today we are learning about a man who needed help. His friends helped him by taking him to see Jesus. Jesus healed him!
Read Story from Bible:
We used “The Kids’ Devotional Bible, NIrV”. (2 minutes)
There are some good ones on YouTube. Here is an idea…
Spend a few minutes reviewing the story with the kids. You can ask some basic questions to make sure they were paying attention and understood what the story was about. Also ask them who forgave the paralyzed man of his sins, and who healed the man.
Game time (retell the story): (10 minutes)
Teddy Bear Relay: if the weather is good, plan to do this game outside.
Props: A watch that can be used as a timer; 2 or 4 tea towels to use as “stretchers”; 2 or 4 stuffed animals to be carried on the tea towels; 2 step stools to step over, representing the stairs to the roof of the house; 4 foldable chairs set up to act as the house with the cut out roof that they lower the stuffy down into.
Form pairs with the kids. If you have an odd number, your helper can be a partner. Each pair of children will have to complete the obstacle course. Time them to see which team can complete the course the fastest. The other players cheer them on in the spirit of good sportsmanship. The course must be completed without the stuffy falling off its’ stretcher. If the stuffy falls off, the pair must return to the start while the clock keeps running.
If outside, have the kids line up at the small tree. Set up two step stools, side by side, between the big tree and the gazebo. Between the step stools and the small tree, set up 4 chairs in a circle to represent the house with the hole in the roof – the teams will have to lower the bear on his towel into the “house”. Kids start by going to the big tree and circling it completely (represents the crowd of people blocking entry to the house). Then they go to the step stools and step onto and over them (represents stairs up side of house). Finally they go to the chair house and lower the stuffy into the house. The bear is healed, so they pick it and the towel up and run back to the start/finish line. They hand the bear and towel off to then next pair, if necessary.
If inside, have the teams line up near the door. Set up the coffee table (or one of the taller tables) as the first obstacle they have to get around (represents the crowd of people in the house). Then have them step onto and over the step stools (stairs up side of house). Finally, have them go to the chair house and lower the stuffy into the house. The bear is healed, so they pick it and the towel up and run back to the start/finish line. They hand the bear and towel off to then next pair, if necessary.
Memory Verse (new this week): (5 to 10 minutes)
“Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” John 14:6
I have written out and cut the memory verse into individual words. Either hide the pieces around the room and have the kids search for them, or put them upside down on the table and have each kid take one piece. Work with the kids to help them get the words in the right order. Lay it out on the coffee table, and all together say the verse a couple of times.
Prayer and Snack (5 Minutes)
- Items needed: cookies
Now I want to be a follower of Jesus and do something to make you feel special. One of the things Jesus did for people is to pray for them. I want to be like Jesus and I want to do the things he does, so I am going to pray for you. And then…I am going to share something with you, because Jesus is all about sharing with others.
Pray for the kids, then give them each a cookie:
“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, he knows how you feel and what you are thinking, 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.
If there is still time, there will be a paper activity for the kids to work on. There will be a word search based on the story, a picture from the story to colour, or the kids can draw their own picture of some part of the story.