|February 28, 2010||Grade 2-3||Mark 5:1-20, 6:53-56
“I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
|The demon-possessed man.
Jesus loves each one of us, no matter what.
By Vicki Waddell
Attention Grabber – about 5 minutes
This idea is courtesy of Teresa Klassen.
Props: paper plate “masks” with different facial emotions drawn on them.
Give the children each a plate with an emotion on it. Have each child, in turn, hold their plate up in front of their face. Have the others describe what kind of person has that kind of face – and then have the child pull the plate away from their face and affirm the truth: “But Jesus just sees the person he created. He sees past their (mean/sad/angry/scary) face and sees a child that he made. Jesus loves all people.”
Say, “Today we are going to learn about a man who would have been seen as all those things: strange, angry, scary, weird… but Jesus went right to him to care for him.”
Read Bible Story — about 10+ minutes
Use the bricktestament.com to help you tell the story of the demon possessed man (you can pick and choose which slides you want to show)
Discuss the story, but first remind the children that last week we talked about Jesus calming the storm. We discussed how that story is about a storm, but it is also about trusting Jesus and how Jesus is more powerful than any storm or any problem we may have in our lives.
Ask the children to share (raise their hand to speak) what they think today’s story is about.
We want to talk about how this story is about a demon-possessed man, but it is also about how Jesus loves us no matter what, and about how Jesus is more powerful than anything evil.
Freedom From Sin Activity – about 10 or 15 minutes
This is a good activity, from http://www.kidssundayschool.com:80/Gradeschool/Activities/1activity03.php
New verse: (God said) “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Forsake means abandon or reject (push away).
This verse is another reminder that Jesus will always love us, no matter what. God said he would never leave us or abandon us, and we need to trust Him to take care of us.
Learn this verse with these actions:
I – point to the sky
Will – clap once
Never – shake head “no”
Leave – arms out in front, move from left to right, index fingers pointing as if leaving (kind of like directing traffic to go to the right.
You – point to someone
Forsake – bring your hands into your chest and push them forcefully out in front of you, palms facing out.
You – point to someone
Practice this a few times.
Craft – about 10 minutes
See the craft idea at http://christiancrafters.com/buzzing_bees.html#beehive
Make book marks with the new memory verse on them and use the craft idea from the site listed above. Emphasize the point about believing in Jesus.
Pray – about 2 minutes
Gather the kids around you and say the following prayer for them before you let them go:
“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 and trust 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.