Accepting Jesus (K-1) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
March 7 — 2010 K-1
Mark 6:1-6

Some people rejected Jesus – we need to open up our heart to Him.

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

Introducing the big idea (5-8 Minutes)

Good Things In Messy Packages

The Point: At the end of this section you want to discuss how sometimes really good things come in boxes that don’t necessarily look really nice.  Nobody really wants to get a gift that looks all messy, but sometimes there are good things inside!

There will be 4 small packages

Teacher says: “In each one of these boxes there is a little snack.  Which one should we open first?”

  • Get suggestions from the kids, some will definitely suggest the really nice one – that is the one you want to open first.
  • From there, get the kids to make suggestions, but open the nicely wrapped one next
  • Open the brown paper box next
  • Open the messy box next – the one with the scribbles

  • One will be beautifully wrapped (Inside will be cookie crumbs) – when you open this one, just talk about it a bit – how beautiful and perfect it is, but how disappointing the stuff inside is. You can’t always tell what is wonderful by how it looks on the outside.
  • One will be nicely wrapped (Inside will be a cookie with a bite out of it) – when you open it, just talk a bit about how it was a nice package. Quite neat. Not quite as beautiful as the first, but very nice still. What is inside is good…but not great…someone has bitten into it so you aren’t sure you really want that snack. Still a bit disappointing.
  • One will be wrapped in plain brown paper (Inside will be a plain whole cookie) – when you open it, just talk about how even though the package wasn’t really much to look at, there was something more interesting inside. You wouldn’t ordinarly have picked this first because it is kind of plain. But there is a whole cookie inside and that is cool.
  • One will be wrapped in a plain package with scribbles on it (Inside will be a cookie that has candy in it) – when you open  it, talk about how this one is a little messy. There are scribbles all over the paper and you don’t even know what the scribbles are about…they aren’t really a picture of anything, just kind of confusing.  It doesn’t look like anything good would be in the package. But look!  Inside a cookie, and the BEST cookie…there are extra treats in this cookie and it is delicious looking!  Wow, that is unexpected. You would have thought the BEST cookie would have been in the fanciest package!!!

Conclude:

Teacher says: “I would have thought that the nicest snack would have been in the nicest box. Wouldn’t you? But what did we learn about these boxes?” (that sometimes really good things come in very plain packages or even messy packages)

Jesus Wasn’t What People Expected Either (8 Minutes)

The Bible tells us that Jesus wasn’t really what people expected either.

READ MARK 6:1-6 FROM THE “REGULAR” BIBLE

Some people expected that Jesus would be like a KING (show flashard of a King). They thought He would wear fancy clothes and be very important looking and live in a palace. You would know just by looking at him that he was the one they had been waiting for.

Some people expected Jesus to be like a SOLDIER (show flashcard of soldier). They thought he would come with a big sword and be very powerful and lead a war against their enemies and win! And then everything would be awesome and peaceful and they would be the rulers over everyone else.

Some people expected Jesus to be like a WIZARD (show flashcard of a wizard). They thought He would come and do all kinds of amazing magic and turn the desert into a garden, and make everyone’s dreams come true right here on earth.

But Jesus wasn’t like that.  He didn’t come to earth like a King. He came to earth like a baby (show flashcard of the manger). He was born in a stable, at night, with only a few people who noticed him at all.

And when he grew up, he wasn’t like a soldier, he was like a friend (show picture of Jesus with children). He wanted to know people and he wanted people to know him and walk with him and learn from him.

And he didn’t do a bunch of wild magic tricks, he did miracles for some people (show miracle picture). He healed some people of their sickness, but he didn’t take every problem away. He told them that even if they had problems, he was still with them and would help them and guide them.

WHAT? Some people thought that was not enough!!!!! They were disappointed that Jesus wasn’t a King or a Soldier or a Wizard the way they wanted him to be. (show angry face flashcard)

Jesus lived in a town called Nazareth (show Jesus leaving the town). That is where he grew up. But the people of Nazareth did not think Jesus was wonderful. They closed their hearts to him and pushed him away.  They didn’t like that Jesus was so ordinary. They didn’t like that Jesus liked to be with people who weren’t perfect – he liked to hang around ordinary people and people with all kinds of messy problems.

Just like we picked the fanciest package first, these people wanted Jesus to be fancier then he was…but Jesus was more like this plain package…plain on the outside, even messy sometimes because he liked to hang around people who had problems that he could help them with…but so wonderful on the inside.

Choosing….. (10 Minutes)

  • We will have two posters covered by colored paper (see on the back of the poster the word “Jesus” and on the other one the words “Our own selfish choices”).
  • Pin the two posters on the wall
  • Create two paths with the colored tape – one to Jesus and one to the other poster.
  • Have the kids stand in a line and explain to them that you are going to read something and tell them a color to take off of the poster (the poster is covered by bits of colored paper, stuck on with a bit of sticky tac
  • As the paper is pulled away, one poster reveals Jesus and one poster reveals loneliness and separation

Teacher says: Every day we have decisions to make. We can choose Jesus, or we can choose to follow our own path.  I am going to read some things and you are going to help me take away some of the paper to see what is behind the poster.

  1. Jesus says that we all do things that are wrong. This is called sin.  But what if we don’t care that we sin. What if we don’t care that we do bad things. What if we decide just to be stubborn and do our own thing?  GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WILL LET YOU TAKE THE GREEN PIECE OF PAPER OFF THE POSTER

As the child does this, just draw attention to the fact that if we don’t care about our sin, it takes us down “this path”

  1. Jesus says that we all do things that are wrong. We all sin.  We should be sorry about that. We should care about that and want to stop sinning.  What if we agree with Jesus that we are sinners in need of forgivenss? GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WILL LET YOU TAKE THE YELLOW PIECE OF PAPER OFF THE POSTER.

As the child does this, just draw attention to the fact that if we agree with Jesus about our sin, it takes you down “this” path.

  1. Jesus says that He died on the cross for our sin.  This is the only way we could be totally forgiven for our sin. But what if we don’t care that Jesus died. What if we decide just to ignore that he died for us? GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WILL LET YOU TAKE THE BLACK PIECE OF PAPER OFF THE POSTER

As the child does this, just draw attention to the fact that if we  know that Jesus died on the cross for us but we don’t even care, it takes you down “this” path.

  1. Jesus says that He died on the cross for our sin.  This is the only way we could be totally forgiven for our sin. What if we love Jesus for doing this. What if we are so thankful, so grateful and tell him so. GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WILL LET YOU TAKE THE WHITE PIECE OF PAPER OFF THE POSTER

As the child does this, just draw attention to the fact that if we  know that Jesus died on the cross for us and we are very thankful for it, it takes you down “this” path.

  1. Jesus says that when we know that he died for us, we will want to follow him and get to know him. But what if we don’t want to get to know him. What if we just want to do what we want to do and we don’t care at all what Jesus says. GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WILL LET YOU TAKE OFF THE BLUE PIECE OF PAPER OFF THE POSTER.

As the child does this, just draw attention to the fact that if we just live our life our way and don’t care a bit about what Jesus asks us to do, it takes you down “this” path.

  1. Jesus says that when we know that he died for us, we will want to follow him and get to know him. If we do that we can read the Bible and hear about the best way to live. We can talk to him and he will help us know what to do to really be joyful and loving and live life his way. GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WILL LET YOU TAKE OFF THE RED PIECE OF PAPER OFF THE POSTER.

As the child does this, just draw attention to the fact that if we just live our life the way Jesus asks care a bit about what Jesus asks us to do, it takes you down “this” path.

  1. So, as we are learning, Jesus doesn’t make us love him.  In fact we can choose not to love him. GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WILL LET YOU TAKE OFF THE ORANGE PIECE OF PAPER OFF THE POSTER.

As the child does this, just draw attention to the fact that if we choose not to love Jesus, it takes you down “this” path.

  1. Or, we can choose to follow Jesus and love him our whole life long!  GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WILL LET YOU TAKE THE PINK PIECE OF PAPER OFF THE POSTER

As the child does this, just draw attention to the fact that if we choose to love Jesus, it takes you down “this” path.

  1. Jesus says that your heart is like a door. He stands at the door and knocks. If we don’t open up that door, we go down one path. GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WILL LET YOU TAKE OFF THE PURPLE PIECE OF PAPER OFF THE POSTER.

As the child does this, just draw attention to the fact that if we choose to not open the door of our heart to Jesus, it takes you down “this” path.

10.  Remember, if our heart is like a door, Jesus knocks on the door and asks us to open it for him so he can come into our life and help us.  GO DOWN THE PATH THAT WILL LET YOU TAKE OFF THE BROWN PIECE OF PAPER OFF THE POSTER.

As the child does this, just draw attention to the fact that if we choose to open the door of our heart to Jesus, it takes you down “this” path.

Teacher Concludes: Do you see how our choices lead to different things. I want to choose to follow Jesus all the days of my life.  I want you to think quietly about what path you would like to choose (don’t have them volunteer their choices at this point because you will get the goofy boys saying they would choose the path away from Jesus just to get a laugh; let this be a quiet moment for them to just really think)…just let 5 or 6 quiet seconds go by.

The Bridge DVD (5 minutes)

Teacher: How do we open the door for Jesus to come into our life?  Let’s take a look at this DVD called “The Bridge” and see if we learn something…

Show the DVD “The Bridge” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeuosiXiUqw

Small Groups & Snack (5 minutes)

  • Have your helper lead a group, and you take the other.  Have the snack provided to munch on while you talk. Talk about the DVD emphasize these points
  • Isn’t it awesome that Jesus forgives our sin?
  • What became the bridge for us to become close to God?
  • What do we need to do? (trust God)

Memory Verse (5-8 Minutes)

This is week 2 of the verse

Teacher: Even though people sometimes reject Jesus, Jesus said He will never reject us. He says, “I will never leave you”(I have shortened the verse for this activity)

  • Have kids paste the words on the page. Say, “Everyone start with the word I, it is blue. So even if you can’t read, you know the blue word says ‘I’”
  • Now paste the word ‘will’. It is green. So the blue word is ‘I’ and the green word is ‘will’
  • Now paste the word ‘never’. The pink word is ‘never’…so the blue word is ‘I’ and the green word is ‘will’ and the pink word is ‘never’
  • Go through each word like this and then see if the kids can ‘read’ it back to you.

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

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.”

Clean Up!

Since our building is used for many different things, we need to make sure we clean up after ourselves. You can definitely have the kids help you do this near the end of the morning!!

  • Please use the BAG provided to put all the left-over items into it, and then you can leave your bag in the classroom.
  • Please pick up all the garbage and put it in the trash
  • If there are chairs or stools, please fold or stack them and put them away
  • Please turn the heat down (applicable for youth room and Gazebo) to 10 degrees
  • Please make sure any TVs/DVDs/Projectors are powered off
  • Please make sure all toys are put away

Thank you so very much!

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