Category Archives: Healing

Jesus Is Loving! (Preschool) (Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
February 14, 2010 Preschool Mark 3:1-6 Man With the Withered Hand

By Karleigh Neufeld

Little Things To Do

1. Free Time

Enjoy a little play time with the children at the front end to get to know them

2. DVD

Use the Read & Share Bible DVD series and pick one of the stories about healing

3. Bible Story Time

Use a children’s Bible to tell the story of how Jesus healed the man with the withered hand

4. Simple Music

Head and shoulders, Jesus loves me

5. Valentine to Jesus

Help the children make a valentine for Jesus, thanking him for being so loving to all people

6. Snack

7. Bible Memory

“I am the truth”

Write these words on hearts and put them on the wall. Have the children stick heart stickers on them and talk through each one “I…am…the…truth!”

8. Simple craft

Use sheets of paper with the picture of a child on it. Use gauze, bandaids to stick on them to make them feel better (do this while talking about how Jesus loves us and Jesus can also heal us!).

9. Prayer

Pray for the children

10. Colouring sheets

Provide a colouring sheet of Jesus showing love to the world

Clean up

Man With The Shriveled Hand (K-1) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Feb 14 — 2010 K-1
Mark 3:1-6

Jesus’ love and care (the miracle with the man with the shriveled hand)

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

Introducing the big idea (5-8 Minutes)

Today is Valentine’s Day!  What do we do on Valentine’s Day? (tell people we love them)

This is Jesus’ favorite thing to do as well! He loves to tell people that He loves them. He is telling you today that He loves you!!

Not only does Jesus tell people that He loves them, He shows them too. Today we are going to see how Jesus showed His love and care to people He met.

The First Aid Kit

Does anyone know what this is? (show the kids a first aid kit, have them guess what it is)

What kinds of things do we have in here? (begin taking items out and get ideas from the kids what the items are for, and add your own comments)

Why do we have all these things? (do help us get well, to make us feel better)

One of the ways our moms or dads show love to us is when we are sick, they try to help us get well. Or if we get a cut, they put a bandaid on…it is one of the ways they show love and care to us.

These are all very important things to have in our first aid kit, but there are a few things that are missing, and we are going to find out what those things are today…

Today we are going to talk about a man who was very sad. He lived a long time ago and he was a man who Jesus met.

The reason the man was sad, was because he had a hand that didn’t work.  Show me your hands. Your hands seem to work just fine. But the man in today’s story had a hand that was all shriveled up; it didn’t work at all.

I wonder what it would be like to have a hand that didn’t work?

What If My Hand Didn’t Work? (8-10 minutes)

Only have kids who are comfortable with this activity do this next activity, the rest can hold their hand behind their back.

Activity:

Jesus met a man a the synagogue – a synagogue is another kind of church – and this man had a hand that was all shriveled up.  He couldn’t use that hand at all, and this was very sad for him. It made working very hard.

What would it be like if you didn’t have a hand that worked?

  • Take the gauze and invite the kids to make a fist with the hand that they write or color with
  • then go around and wrap that one hand with gauze hand and tape the bottom, around their wrist (be careful not to do it too tightly), tell them to keep their hands in a fist and not to wiggle their fingers
  • Then walk them through a few obstacles:
    • Cut out a shape with some scissors
    • Zip up a jacket
    • Read a book and turn the pages
    • Color a picture
    • Put a bandaid on

Get some feedback from the kids…

  • Discuss whether they would miss having their other hand to work with.
  • What would they find hard to do?
  • How do you think other kids would treat them (if unkindly, stress how we should always be kind to everyone no matter what they look like or what kind of physical challenge they might have, because we want to be like Jesus, and Jesus was always kind and loving to others)

Conclude: The man in the story we are going to tell had a hand that didn’t work and there wasn’t anything the doctors could do, and there was nothing in the first aid kit that would help him.

Tell and Retell the story (8 minutes)

1.         Read the story “Man with the Shriveled Hand” from the Purple Bible, pages

2.         Watch the DVD “Man With the Shriveled Hand” (search on YouTube, sorry I lost the link)

Discuss and Stress the Main Point (5 minutes)

Discuss what might have been hard for the man with the shriveled hand.

  • Would working have been hard?
  • How about holding his children’s hand or picking them up?
  • Or even taking a bath would have been hard.
  • Do you think people would have made fun of him?

Conclude: There were a lot of people who were not very loving to the man, even the other people in that church said that Jesus shouldn’t heal the man while they were in church! They said do it on another day and in another place!!

But Jesus looked at the man with the hand that didn’t work and He didn’t make fun of Him

He cared about the man

He wanted to do something very loving for the man

He did something that was impossible for anyone else to do: he healed him – it was a miracle. A miracle is something only GOD can do!


What Else Do We Need in Our First Aid Kit? (5 minutes – keep this short)

* Create an activity sheet that has things that help people get better on it (pictures): crutches, bandaids, medicine, sleep, etc. and add a few others like the Bible and prayer

Hand out the Activity Sheets that are titled “Circle The Things That Can Help Us Get Well”

Divide the kids into two groups. Give the children felts and tell them to work by themselves and circle the things that can help us get well.

When it comes to the Bible and to the praying hands discuss the following:

Small Group Questions

In what ways can the Bible help us?

  • We can read about what Jesus did for others and realize that He is so loving and caring, he wants to help us with our problems too!
  • We can read how powerful Jesus is and He can also choose to heal us.
  • We read that even if we aren’t healed, that Jesus promises to help us and to never leave us
  • We read about how people should care about other people – Jesus is asking us to be like him and to care for others and help others.

What do the prayer hands remind us of?

  • They remind us that Jesus said we can talk to him
  • They remind us that Jesus says that we can ask him for things
  • They remind us that Jesus is always listening
  • They remind us that Jesus answers prayers
  • They remind us that we can pray for our family and friends who have a need

Conclude: So what do I need to add to my First Aid Kit? (have the kids answer, “a Bible” and “Prayer”) – use the cut outs provided and add them to the kit.

Bandaid Olympics (3 minutes)

Just to get some of the wiggles out of the kids, use this quick game to have an outlet for all that energy.

  • Take the 3 “Sick Man” pictures and put them at one end of the room.
  • Then make 3 piles of bandaids
  • And divide the kids into 3 groups
  • Say that you are going to give them 2 minutes (time them) and only one person can run up at a time
  • They need to peel the bandaid and stick the bandaid on the sick person
  • When the timer is done, then count how many bandaids each group got on their man to see who came in 1st 2nd or 3rd
  • Have these same groups sit down on the ground and say:

“Now we have a medal for you…kind of like the Olympic Medals…for playing our game. Some for first, some for second and some for third”

Explain what the medals say

  • Hand out medals to kids and tell them they can’t eat the chocolate until they get home.

Memory Verse (5-8 Minutes)

* This is week 3 of this verse

John 14:6 “Jesus said  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

“Let’s practice how to spell “life” life using sign language.” Use the chart below to teach them

Actions:

  • Jesus (point up)
  • Said (hands by mouth as if you are shouting)
  • I am (point at yourself)
  • The way (two hands pointing out, as if giving directions)
  • The truth (make a T with your index fingers)
  • And the life (spell out “life” with sign language…see how fast they can get)

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.”

Treat Bags for Valentines

Give each child a little treat bag when they are ready to leave (there are some extra if there are siblings who didn’t get one)

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!

The Man With The Shriveled Hand (Gr 2-3) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Feb 14 — 2010 Grade 2-3
Mark 3:1-6

Jesus’ love and care (the miracle with the man with the shriveled hand)

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

Introducing the big idea (5-8 Minutes)

Today is Valentine’s Day!  What do we do on Valentine’s Day? (tell people we love them)

This is Jesus’ favorite thing to do as well! He loves to tell people that He loves them. He is telling you today that He loves you!!

Not only does Jesus tell people that He loves them, He shows them too. Today we are going to see how Jesus showed His love and care to people He met.

The First Aid Kit

Does anyone know what this is? (show the kids a first aid kit, have them guess what it is)

What kinds of things do we have in here? (begin taking items out and get ideas from the kids what the items are for, and add your own comments)

Why do we have all these things? (do help us get well, to make us feel better)

One of the ways our moms or dads show love to us is when we are sick, they try to help us get well. Or if we get a cut, they put a bandaid on…it is one of the ways they show love and care to us.

These are all very important things to have in our first aid kit, but there are a few things that are missing, and we are going to find out what those things are today…

Today we are going to talk about a man who was very sad. He lived a long time ago and he was a man who Jesus met.

The reason the man was sad, was because he had a hand that didn’t work.  Show me your hands. Your hands seem to work just fine. But the man in today’s story had a hand that was all shriveled up; it didn’t work at all.

I wonder what it would be like to have a hand that didn’t work?

What If My Hand Didn’t Work? (8-10 minutes)

Only have kids who are comfortable with this activity do this next activity, the rest can hold their hand behind their back.

Activity:

Jesus met a man a the synagogue – a synagogue is another kind of church – and this man had a hand that was all shriveled up.  He couldn’t use that hand at all, and this was very sad for him. It made working very hard.

What would it be like if you didn’t have a hand that worked?

  • Take the gauze and invite the kids to make a fist with the hand that they write or color with
  • then go around and wrap that one hand with gauze hand and tape the bottom, around their wrist (be careful not to do it too tightly), tell them to keep their hands in a fist and not to wiggle their fingers
  • Then walk them through a few obstacles:
    • Cut out a shape with some scissors
    • Zip up a jacket
    • Read a book and turn the pages
    • Color a picture
    • Put a bandaid on

Get some feedback from the kids…

  • Discuss whether they would miss having their other hand to work with.
  • What would they find hard to do?
  • How do you think other kids would treat them (if unkindly, stress how we should always be kind to everyone no matter what they look like or what kind of physical challenge they might have, because we want to be like Jesus, and Jesus was always kind and loving to others)

Conclude: The man in the story we are going to tell had a hand that didn’t work and there wasn’t anything the doctors could do, and there was nothing in the first aid kit that would help him.

Tell and Retell the story (8 minutes)

1.        Read the story “Man with the Shriveled Hand” from the Adventure Bible, pages (get one of the kids to read it if you have a strong enough reader)

2.         Watch the DVD “Man With the Shriveled Hand”

Discuss and Stress the Main Point (5 minutes)

Discuss what might have been hard for the man with the shriveled hand.

  • Would working have been hard?
  • How about holding his children’s hand or picking them up?
  • Or even taking a bath would have been hard.
  • Do you think people would have made fun of him?

Conclude: There were a lot of people who were not very loving to the man, even the other people in that church said that Jesus shouldn’t heal the man while they were in church! They said do it on another day and in another place!!

But Jesus looked at the man with the hand that didn’t work and He didn’t make fun of Him

He cared about the man

He wanted to do something very loving for the man

He did something that was impossible for anyone else to do: he healed him – it was a miracle. A miracle is something only GOD can do!


What Else Do We Need in Our First Aid Kit? (5 minutes – keep this short)

Play First Aid Taboo with the kids – there will be a list of words that the kids CAN’T SAY and one word that they need to get the group to say. The teacher will look over their shoulder to make sure they don’t “cheat”…and will have the taboo buzzer to use if they do. There will be a timer.

The kids will come up with a list of things that are in the first aid kit – including the Bible and Prayer.

At the end ask:

“There were two things in the game that were not in our First Aid Kit. What were they?”

Then ask the kids the following questions (or do this in Small Groups if you think this will work better, I will include discussion sheets if you want to use them)

Questions

In what ways can the Bible help us when we are sick or going through a hard time?

  • We can read about what Jesus did for others and realize that He is so loving and caring, he wants to help us with our problems too!
  • We can read how powerful Jesus is and He can also choose to heal us.
  • We read that even if we aren’t healed, that Jesus promises to help us and to never leave us
  • We read about how people should care about other people – Jesus is asking us to be like him and to care for others and help others.

What do the prayer hands remind us of when we are sick or going through a hard time?

  • They remind us that Jesus said we can talk to him
  • They remind us that Jesus says that we can ask him for things
  • They remind us that Jesus is always listening
  • They remind us that Jesus answers prayers
  • They remind us that we can pray for our family and friends who have a need

Conclude: So what do I need to add to my First Aid Kit? (have the kids answer, “a Bible” and “Prayer”) – use the cut outs provided and add them to the kit.

Bandaid Olympics (3 minutes)

Just to get some of the wiggles out of the kids, use this quick game to have an outlet for all that energy.

If the weather is nice,  you can do this outside in the courtyard outside the front entrance door.

  • Take the 2 “Sick Man” pictures and put them at one end of the room.
  • Then make 2 piles of bandaids
  • And divide the kids into 2 groups
  • Say that you are going to give them 2 minutes (time them) and only one person can run up at a time
  • They need to peel the bandaid and stick the bandaid on the sick person

When the timer is done, then count how many bandaids each group got on their man to see who came in 1st or 2nd

Memory Verse (5-8 Minutes)

* This is week 3 of this verse

John 14:6 “Jesus said  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

“Let’s practice how to spell “life” life using sign language.” Use the chart below to teach them

Actions:

  • Jesus (point up)
  • Said (hands by mouth as if you are shouting)
  • I am (point at yourself)
  • The way (two hands pointing out, as if giving directions)
  • The truth (make a T with your index fingers)
  • And the life (spell out “life” with sign language…see how fast they can get)

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.”

Treat Bags(for Valentine’s)

Give each child a little treat bag when they are ready to leave (there are some extra if there are siblings who didn’t get one)

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!

The Man With the Shriveled Hand (Gr 4-6) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Feb 14 — 2010 Gr 4-6 Mark 3:1-6

Jesus’ love and care (the miracle with the man with the shriveled hand)

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

Introducing the big idea (5-8 Minutes)

Today is Valentine’s Day! A day when we tell people we love them and care about them!

This is Jesus’ favorite thing to do as well! He loves to tell people that He loves them. He is telling you today that He loves you!!

Not only does Jesus tell people that He loves them, He shows them too. Today we are going to see how Jesus showed His love and care to people He met.

The First Aid Kit

Does anyone know what this is? (show the kids a first aid kit, have them guess what it is)

What kinds of things do we have in here? (begin taking items out and get ideas from the kids what the items are for, and add your own comments)

Why do we have all these things? (to help us get well, to make us feel better)

One of the ways our moms or dads show love to us is when we are sick, they try to help us get well. Or if we get a cut, they put a bandaid on…it is one of the ways they show love and care to us.

These are all very important things to have in our first aid kit, but there are a few things that are missing, and we are going to find out what those things are today…

Today we are going to talk about a man who was very sad. He lived a long time ago and he was a man who Jesus met.

The reason the man was sad, was because he had a hand that didn’t work; the man in today’s story had a hand that was all shriveled up; it didn’t work at all.

Today, there’s lots of help for people who have a physical challenge, but in those days, it was very hard to do anything if you had any kind of disability.

To try to imagine this, we are going to try something…

What If My Hand Didn’t Work? (8-10 minutes)

Only have kids who are comfortable with this activity do this next activity, the rest can hold their hand behind their back.

Activity:

Jesus met a man a the synagogue – a synagogue is another kind of church – and this man had a hand that was all shriveled up.  He couldn’t use that hand at all, and this was very sad for him. It made working very hard.

What would it be like if you didn’t have a hand that worked?

  • Take the gauze and invite the kids to make a fist with the hand that they write or color with
  • then go around and wrap that one hand with gauze hand and tape the bottom, around their wrist (be careful not to do it too tightly), tell them to keep their hands in a fist and not to wiggle their fingers
  • Then walk them through a few obstacles:
    • Cut out a shape with some scissors
    • Zip up a jacket
    • Read a book and turn the pages
    • Color a picture
    • Put a bandaid on etc.

Get some feedback from the kids…

  • Discuss whether they would miss having their other hand to work with.
  • What would they find hard to do?
  • How do you think other kids would treat them (if unkindly, stress how we should always be kind to everyone no matter what they look like or what kind of physical challenge they might have, because we want to be like Jesus, and Jesus was always kind and loving to others)

Conclude: The man in the story we are going to tell had a hand that didn’t work and there wasn’t anything the doctors could do, and there was nothing in the first aid kit that would help him.

Tell and Retell the story (8 minutes)

1.        Read the story “Man with the Shriveled Hand” from the Bible. Get the kids to each hold a Bible and look up the story in Mark 3:1-6 (get one or more of the kids to read it if they volunteer)

2.         Watch the DVD “Man With the Shriveled Hand” (sorry I don’t have this link anymore but I know it is on YouTube)

Discuss and Stress the Main Point (5 minutes)

Discuss what might have been hard for the man with the shriveled hand.

  • Would working have been hard?
  • How about holding his children’s hand or picking them up?
  • Or even taking a bath would have been hard.
  • Do you think people would have made fun of him?

Conclude: There were a lot of people who were not very loving to the man, even the other people in that church said that Jesus shouldn’t heal the man while they were in church! They said do it on another day and in another place!!

But Jesus looked at the man with the hand that didn’t work and He didn’t make fun of Him

He cared about the man

He wanted to do something very loving for the man

He did something that was impossible for anyone else to do: he healed him – it was a miracle. A miracle is something only GOD can do!


What Else Do We Need in Our First Aid Kit? (5 minutes – keep this short)

Play First Aid Taboo with the kids – there will be a list of words that the kids CAN’T SAY and one word that they need to get the group to say. The teacher will look over their shoulder to make sure they don’t “cheat”…and will have the taboo buzzer to use if they do. There will be a timer.

The kids will come up with a list of things that are in the first aid kit – including the Bible and Prayer.

At the end ask:

“There were two things in the game that were not originally in our First Aid Kit. What were they?”

Then ask the kids the following questions (or do this in Small Groups if you think this will work better, I will include discussion sheets if you want to use them)

Questions

In what ways can the Bible help us when we are sick or going through a hard time?

  • We can read about what Jesus did for others and realize that He is so loving and caring, he wants to help us with our problems too!
  • We can read how powerful Jesus is and He can also choose to heal us.
  • We read that even if we aren’t healed, that Jesus promises to help us and to never leave us
  • We read about how people should care about other people – Jesus is asking us to be like him and to care for others and help others.

What do the prayer hands remind us of when we are sick or going through a hard time?

  • They remind us that Jesus said we can talk to him
  • They remind us that Jesus says that we can ask him for things
  • They remind us that Jesus is always listening
  • They remind us that Jesus answers prayers
  • They remind us that we can pray for our family and friends who have a need

Conclude: So what do I need to add to my First Aid Kit? (have the kids answer, “a Bible” and “Prayer”) – use the cut outs provided and add them to the kit.

Bandaid Olympics (3 minutes)

Just to get some of the wiggles out of the kids, use this quick game to have an outlet for all that energy.

If the weather is nice,  you can do this outside in the courtyard outside the front entrance door.

  • Take the 3 “Sick Man” pictures and put them at one end of the room.
  • Then make 3 piles of bandaids
  • And divide the kids into 3 groups
  • Say that you are going to give them 2 minutes (time them) and only one person can run up at a time
  • They need to peel the bandaid and stick the bandaid on the sick person

When the timer is done, then count how many bandaids each group got on their man to see who came in 1st or 2nd or 3rd

Memory Verse (5-8 Minutes)

* This is week 3 of this verse

John 14:6 “Jesus said  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

“Let’s practice how to spell “life” life using sign language.” Use the chart below to teach them

Actions:

  • Jesus (point up)
  • Said (hands by mouth as if you are shouting)
  • I am (point at yourself)
  • The way (two hands pointing out, as if giving directions)
  • The truth (make a T with your index fingers)
  • And the life (spell out “life” with sign language…see how fast they can get)

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.”

Treat Bags (because it is Valentine’s)

Give each child a little treat bag when they are ready to leave (there are some extra if there are siblings who didn’t get one)

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!

7 dips in the Jordan River (Gr. 4-6) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Nov 22/09 Grade 4-6 Elisha & Naaman (1 Kings) 7 dips in the Jordan River – Like the little maid, we can point the way to God.

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

Introducing the big idea (3 Minutes – keep it moving so kids stay tuned in)

Today we are going to talk about a story from the Bible about a man named Elisha. Remember, last week we talked about Elijah and today we are going to talk about his friend Elisha. His story is found in the Bible in the book of Kings (show them where it is in the Bible).  Elisha loved and served God and did many exciting things for God. Today we are going to learn about how he helped a man called Naaman find healing from a terrible sickness called Leprosy.

Have you ever heard about a sickness called Leprosy?  In Bible times it was a very terrible sickness to get. It gave you white spots all over your skin and people were very afraid of those who had leprosy. It is a disease that attacks people’s nerves so that you lose all feeling. So when you should feel pain, you don’t. So let’s say you would put your hand on a hot stove, your hand wouldn’t feel pain so you could get terrible burns and then terrible infections, so bad that people’s fingers and toes would rot off. It wasn’t a pretty sight and people would become horribly disfigured. There was no cure for it in that time. So if you had leprosy you would hide yourself away and cover yourself up with your coat so no one could see you.

While I tell you the story of Elisha and Naaman…so, to get into the spirit of things, I have brought some white powder and you can give yourself leprosy spots…

Activity:  Pass around a few bowls with baby powder and cotton balls and let the kids make spots on their skin with the cotton ball. Tell them that you will all wipe of the powder when we hear about how Naaman was healed.

Elisha in the Bible – (2 minutes)

Read the story of Elisha and Naaman from the Bible – 2 Kings 5:1-19a (if there are some kids who enjoy reading, then have them help you).

Points to emphasize: the little girl who spoke up about Elisha. Explain that she was a servant in the house. She didn’t have to help Naaman, but she knew the one true God and Naaman did not.  Even though she was just a young girl, by her telling Naaman to go and see Elisha, we will soon see that Naaman also come to know and love God!  God loves to work through young people. Even though you are young, you can say things to people that will help them come to know and love God too! Continue with the story…

Points to emphasize: Just how cool it is that Naaman was healed, and through that he came to know the love of God. All this happened because that little girl who worked for him told him to go and visit Elisha who was a great man of God.

Elisha DVD – (5 minutes)

Show the DVD about Elisha and Naaman.

Act It Out! – (3 minutes)

* I can’t remember who wrote this sketch. Sorry.

Characters:

  • Narrator
  • Girl (maid)
  • Naaman’s wife
  • Naaman
  • Elisha
  • Two people to wave streamers, representing the Jordan River
  • Servant

Props: Blue streamers

Narrator 1:             Now, Naaman, was the commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was an important soldier with a high profile job. He was a great man and the king had a lot of respect for him. The LORD had been good to Naaman and had given victory to him many, many times. Now, even though he was a mighty warrior, he suffered from a terrible skin disease called leprosy. There is no cure for such a disease and it causes people great anguish.

Namaan had taken a young girl captive and she became a maid in his household. This is what she said to Naaman’s wife:

Girl:             Forgive me if I’m being rude, I don’t mean to be, but I couldn’t help but notice that your husband has leprosy.

Wife:             Yes, he does, but what business is it of yours? You are just a servant girl, so you should keep your thoughts to yourself! A servant must know their place in the world!

Girl:             Please, ma’am, I don’t mean to anger you; I know it’s none of my business but he must suffer so! I know a man, a prophet actually, who is in Samaria. This man would cure your husband of his disease.

Wife:                         No! (in disbelief)

Girl:                         Yes! (adamantly)

Wife:                         Yes? (quizzically)

Girl:                         Yes! For sure!

Narrator:             So the servant girl convinced her mistress to have her husband seek out the prophet’s help in this matter. The prophet’s name was Elisha

So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and soldiers and equipment, and stopped at the doorstep of Elisha’s house.

Elisha:             (yelling from inside) Naaman, go, wash in the Jordan River seven times, and your skin shall be restored and you shall be clean.

Naaman:             Are you crazy?

Elisha:             I don’t think so!

Naaman:             Diseases can’t be washed away!

Elisha:             Just do what I tell you, you stubborn old mule!

Naaman:             (addresses the audience) What kind of foolishness is he trying to make me do? I thought that for me he would surely come out of the house, not just stay inside and shout out orders. I thought that he would stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure this leprosy! There are greater rivers in Damascus, better rivers than all the waters of Israel! I could have just stayed at home and washed in them! But no! I had to come all the way down here for this!

Narrator:             Naaman turned and went away in a fit of rage.

Servant:             Commander, if the prophet had ordered you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? This is so easy, why not just try it?

Naaman:             Fine! But if nothing happens, then I reserve the right to say “I told you so!” (He goes down and immerses himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.)

Naaman:             Look my skin! It’s all better now! Praise God!

Servant:             I told you so!

Naaman:             (ignoring the servant) Where is that prophet? I want to give him a gift!

Elisha:             (he comes out and shakes Naaman’s hand) As the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will accept nothing. I did this for the glory of the Lord, not for payment! I serve God alone and you are a witness to God’s mighty power in healing!


The Domino Effect

Transition:            Great job on acting that out.  You know, it is interesting that this whole story happened because of that little servant girl.  She didn’t have to care about Naaman. She was a servant…a captive, actually. But God was alive in her heart and because God loves and cares for all people, she loved and cared for Naaman, just as God did.  She started something by believing that God could do something for Naaman and so she spoke up…

Just to help us think about how one thing leads to another…here is something we are going to do…

Divide the group into 2 or three groups and give them each a pile of dominoes. Give them a certain length of time and let them build a domino “course”, as creatively as they want to. Then when the time is up, let them test it out. If you want to do this more than once, you can.

Question:            How do we get the whole domino effect going? (by tipping over the first domino)

Conclusion:             It is the same way with helping people come to know Jesus. Just like that servant girl, it may be the smallest thing you say and do, when you do it out of a love for Jesus, that He ends up using to help others come to know him.

The lesson from this story is to make yourself available to God. Just like in this story, there will be a domino effect that may very well change someone’s life. You start something, someone else adds to it, and someone else, and before long, people in your life also come to know and love and serve God. That’s how you change the world.

Look It Up

Divide the kids into 3 few groups. Give each group a Bible. Have them all look up Colossians 3:17 (some may need help).

Give each group one question:

Question:            The first part of the verse says “In whatever you do…” do everything for Jesus. How do you think the servant girl obeyed this verse?

Question:            What does it mean when the verse says that we should obey Jesus “in word and deed”…what does that mean?

Question:            How do we do absolutely everything “in the name of the Lord Jesus” – what does that mean?

Conclusion:            This verse is saying whether you have a good day or a bad day, or if you are in a good place or you would rather be somewhere else, it is possible to serve God right where you are through the things you say and by the way you act. We need to think about this, because God wants to create a domino effect through us…he wants each of us to reflect his love in small ways because that will start a whole chain of events in spreading his love to the world!

Memory Verse

We are memorizing this verse with actions for the SunLand Christmas Play so go over this several times – practice the signs, but also practice having the kids say it really nice and clear and loud!

Glory                        Raise hands just so they are ear height and wiggle your fingers

To God            Now move hands higher so they are just above head height with both index fingers pointing up to God

In the highest            Now raise hands as high as they go, palms up towards God, eyes looking up to the sky

And on earth            Look forward again, and put fingers together to form a circle (an earth)

Peace!            Both hands forward making the peace sign

Blessing

Teachers, at the end of every lesson have all the children sit quietly while you pray over them.  You do not have to use these words below…but they are from the Bible and you could certainly add them to whatever you pray. Let us not miss the opportunity to impart a spiritual blessing on each child.

“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

Please clean up the youth center as follows:

  1. Teachers, place all the extra lesson supplies, attendance clip-board, DVD’s etc. in the shopping Bag on the counter and bring that bag to the Camp SunLand room.
  2. Make sure any scrap paper etc. is picked up from the floor and anything stuck to the walls is taken down and put in the garbage.
  3. Make sure all the supplies you used are put back (Bibles, pens etc.)
  4. When the classroom is empty, please do a “once over” to make sure everything is put away.
  5. Please make sure the sound board is turned off
  6. Please make sure the video projector is turned off
  7. Turn down the heat to 10
  8. Turn off the lights

7 dips in the Jordan River (Grade 2-3) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)



Date
Class Scripture Theme
Nov 22/09 Grade 2/3 Elisha & Naaman (1 Kings) 7 dips in the Jordan River – Like the little maid, we can point the way to God.

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

Introducing the big idea (3 Minutes – keep it moving so kids stay tuned in)

Today we are going to talk about a story from the Bible about a man named Elisha. Remember, last week we talked about Elijah and today we are going to talk about his friend Elisha (have the kids say that name with you). His story is found in the Bible in the book of Kings (show them where it is in the Bible).  Elisha loved and served God and did many exciting things for God. Today we are going to learn about how he helped a man called Naaman find healing from a terrible sickness called Leprosy.

Have you ever heard about a sickness called Leprosy?  In Bible times it was a very terrible sickness to get. It gave you white spots all over your skin and people were very afraid of those who had leprosy. So if you had leprosy you would hide yourself away and cover yourself up with your coat so no one could see you.

While I tell you the story of Elisha and Naaman…why don’t we pretend we have Leprosy spots like Naaman!

Activity:  Pass around a few bowls with baby powder and cotton balls and let the kids make spots on their skin with the cotton ball. Tell them that you will all wipe of the powder when we hear about how Naaman was healed.

Elisha in the Bible – (2 minutes)

Read the story of Elisha and Naaman using the story pages I have copied, showing the children the pictures.  When you get to the part where Naaman was healed, have the children wipe the powder off their skin.

Points to emphasize: Stop on page 210 and talk about the little girl who spoke up about Elisha. Explain that she was a servant in the house. She didn’t have to help Naaman, but she knew the one true God and Naaman did not.  Even though she was just a young girl, by her telling Naaman to go and see Elisha, we will soon see that Naaman also come to know and love God!  Even though you are little boys and girls, you can say things to people that will help them come to know and love God too! Continue with the story…

Points to emphasize: Stop on page 215 and say something like, “Isn’t it wonderful that Naaman was healed and because he was healed he came to know and love God?  And all this happened because that little girl who worked for him told him to go and visit Elisha who was a great man of God.

Elisha DVD – (5 minutes)

Show the DVD on Elisha and Naaman.

Act It Out! – (3 minutes)

Divide the kids into five groups (they can choose their part), or if you have less children then you can have one child play the part (rather than a group)

Group 1: “Little Maids”

Group 2: “Captain Naamans”

Group 3: “Servants on Galloping Horses”

Group 4: “Elishas”

Group 5: “Jordan River Waves”

Props:

  • Cleaning sponges for maids
  • Powder to put spots on Naamans
  • Shoe Strings for galloping horses
  • Paper with the number 7 for the Elishas
  • Blue streamers for the waves

Position the children so they are in 5 different areas

Tell the children that when you tell the story, they will act out their part

Teacher narrates:

Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, was a very happy man (tell Group 2 to look happy) until the day that he discovered he was a leper (make sure they have spots) and was going to DIE! Then he looked very sad (have them look sad)

There was young girl who was a maid in Naaman’s household who said, “I know someone who can help you” (have Group 1 say that). The little maid told Namaan about the Prophet Elisha, and Naaman traveled with his servants all the way to Damascus to meet with Elisha (have Group 2 and 3 act as if they are galloping on hourses, the shoestrings are the reins)

Elisha told Namaan to go wash in the Jordan river 7 times! (have Group 4 hold up their number 7s and point to the river)

But Namaan thought that was dumb! He shook his head and said, “No I won’t do that!” (have Group 2 do this action). He didn’t think the river Jordan was a very nice river and he just didn’t want to go and get wet! The Bible says he was very angry about it. He was just going to go home!

(Have the servants beg Nathan on their knees, hands together) Well, Naaman’s servants weren’t going to just let him turn around and go back home after coming all THIS distance! They gathered around him and respectfully pleaded with him: “If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? How much more then should you listen to his words and simply go wash and be cured?”

So Naaman went down to the muddy Jordan River and began to dip himself into the water, as the prophet had told him to do. (Have the river wave their streamers and have the Naamans bend down 7 times as you count)

ONE…TWO…THREE… Nothing was happening.

FOUR…FIVE…SIX…Nothing happened

Naaman muttered to himself, “This is NOT going to work.”

But, Naaman dipped one more time…SEVEN!

As he came up for a breath of air, his skin changed right before his eyes, into skin that looked like it belonged to a healthy little child, and he was –

HEALED!

How exciting! He was instantly cured from the leprosy that had plagued him. He wouldn’t die, after all!  God healed Naaman!!!

Naaman Craft

Supplies:

Styrofoam cups

Blue Felts

Paper strips that say “Naaman obeyed God and was healed

Scotch Tape (to tape the paper onto the cup

Popsicle sticks

Person cutout (one side happy, one side sad)

How To:

  1. Have the children color their cup blue, this represents the Jordan river
  2. Help them tape the paper onto the rim of the cup that says “Naaman obeyed God and was healed”
  3. Have them put a happy face on one side of Naaman (this is Naaman when he is healed)
  4. Have them put a sad face on the other side of Naaman
  5. Have them put spots on the sad side of Naaman
  6. Have them glue the popsicle stick to Naaman
  7. Demonstrate how they can tell the story of Naaman and dip Naaman in the Jordan 7 times, and then turn the stick to show how the spots disappeared and he was well!

Memory Verse

We are memorizing this verse with actions for the SunLand Christmas Play so go over this several times – practice the signs, but also practice having the kids say it really nice and clear and loud!

Glory                        Raise hands just so they are ear height and wiggle your fingers

To God            Now move hands higher so they are just above head height with both index fingers pointing up to God

In the highest            Now raise hands as high as they go, palms up towards God, eyes looking up to the sky

And on earth            Look forward again, and put fingers together to form a circle (an earth)

Peace!            Both hands forward making the peace sign

Small Group Time & Little Snack

  1. The little maid really helped Naaman didn’t she?  She helped Naaman find God. What are ways that we can help people find God? Here are some ways…

–                By praying for them (explain how this helps people find God)

–                By praying with them

–                By forgiving others and asking for forgiveness, because this shows how God is also forgiving

–                By showing love to people who other people might not be kind to

–                By telling people our story about how we love God

–            Other ideas?

Blessing

Teachers, at the end of every lesson have all the children sit quietly while you pray over them.  You do not have to use these words below…but they are from the Bible and you could certainly add them to whatever you pray. Let us not miss the opportunity to impart a spiritual blessing on each child.

“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 J

Please clean up the classroom as follows:

  1. Teachers, place all the extra lesson supplies, attendance clip-board, DVD’s etc. in the shopping Bag on the counter. Please bring the shopping bag to the Camp SunLand Room.
  2. Make sure any scrap paper etc. is picked up from the floor and anything stuck to the walls is put into the garbage.
  3. Make sure all the supplies you used are put away
  4. Make sure chairs look in order and the room looks neat.
  5. When the classroom is empty, please do a “once over” to make sure everything is put away.
  6. Please turn down the heat to “10” and turn off the lights
  7. Close and lock the doors

7 Dips in the Jordan River (K-1) (Free Sunday School Lessons for Children)

Date Class Scripture Theme
Nov 22/09 K-1
Elisha & Naaman (1 Kings) 7 dips in the Jordan River – Like the little maid, we can point the way to God.

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen

Introducing the big idea (3 Minutes – keep it moving so kids stay tuned in)

Today we are going to talk about a story from the Bible about a man named Elisha. Remember, last week we talked about Elijah and today we are going to talk about his friend Elisha
(have the kids say that name with you)
. His story is found in the Bible in the book of Kings (show them where it is in the Bible).  Elisha loved and served God and did many exciting things for God. Today we are going to learn about how he helped a man called Naaman find healing from a terrible sickness called Leprosy.

Have you ever heard about a sickness called Leprosy?  In Bible times it was a very terrible sickness to get. It gave you white spots all over your skin and people were very afraid of those who had leprosy. So if you had leprosy you would hide yourself away and cover yourself up with your coat so no one could see you.

While I tell you the story of Elisha and Naaman…why don’t we pretend we have Leprosy spots like Naaman!

Activity:  Pass around a few bowls with baby powder and cotton balls and let the kids make spots on their skin with the cotton ball. Tell them that you will all wipe of the powder when we hear about how Naaman was healed.

Elisha in the Bible – (2 minutes)

Read the story of Elisha and Naaman in the “Read With Me” Bible on page 210, showing the children the pictures.  When you get to the part where Naaman was healed, have the children wipe the powder off their skin.

Points to emphasize: Stop on page 210 and talk about the little girl who spoke up about Elisha. Explain that she was a servant in the house. She didn’t have to help Naaman, but she knew the one true God and Naaman did not.  Even though she was just a young girl, by her telling Naaman to go and see Elisha, we will soon see that Naaman also come to know and love God!  Even though you are little boys and girls, you can say things to people that will help them come to know and love God too! Continue with the story…

Points to emphasize: Stop on page 215 and say something like, “Isn’t it wonderful that Naaman was healed and because he was healed he came to know and love God?  And all this happened because that little girl who worked for him told him to go and visit Elisha who was a great man of God.

Elisha DVD – (3 minutes)

Show the DVD segment called “Seven Dips in the Jordan River”(from Read and Share DVD series)

Act It Out! – (3 minutes)

Divide the kids into five groups (they can choose their part)

Group 1: “Little Maids”

Group 2: “Captain Naamans”

Group 3: “Servants on Galloping Horses”

Group 4: “Elishas”

Group 5: “Jordan River Waves”

Props:

  • Cleaning sponges for maids
  • Powder to put spots on Naamans
  • Shoe Strings for galloping horses
  • Paper with the number 7 for the Elishas
  • Blue streamers for the waves

Position the children so they are in 5 different areas

Tell the children that when you tell the story, they will act out their part

Teacher narrates:

Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, was a very happy man (tell Group 2 to look happy) until the day that he discovered he was a leper (make sure they have spots) and was going to DIE! Then he looked very sad (have them look sad)

There was young girl who was a maid in Naaman’s household who said, “I know someone who can help you” (have Group 1 say that). The little maid told Namaan about the Prophet Elisha, and Naaman traveled with his servants all the way to Damascus to meet with Elisha (have Group 2 and 3 act as if they are galloping on hourses, the shoestrings are the reins)

Elisha told Namaan to go wash in the Jordan river 7 times! (have Group 4 hold up their number 7s and point to the river)

But Namaan thought that was dumb! He shook his head and said, “No I won’t do that!” (have Group 2 do this action). He didn’t think the river Jordan was a very nice river and he just didn’t want to go and get wet! The Bible says he was very angry about it. He was just going to go home!

(Have the servants beg Nathan on their knees, hands together) Well, Naaman’s servants weren’t going to just let him turn around and go back home after coming all THIS distance! They gathered around him and respectfully pleaded with him: “If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? How much more then should you listen to his words and simply go wash and be cured?”

So Naaman went down to the muddy Jordan River and began to dip himself into the water, as the prophet had told him to do. (Have the river wave their streamers and have the Naamans bend down 7 times as you count)

ONE…TWO…THREE… Nothing was happening.

FOUR…FIVE…SIX…Nothing happened

Naaman muttered to himself, “This is NOT going to work.”

But, Naaman dipped one more time…SEVEN!

As he came up for a breath of air, his skin changed right before his eyes, into skin that looked like it belonged to a healthy little child, and he was –

HEALED!

How exciting! He was instantly cured from the leprosy that had plagued him. He wouldn’t die, after all!  God healed Naaman!!!

Naaman Craft

Supplies:

Styrofoam cups

Blue Felts

Paper strips that say “Naaman obeyed God and was healed

Scotch Tape (to tape the paper onto the cup

Popsicle sticks

Person cutout (one side happy, one side sad)

How To:

  1. Have the children color their cup blue, this represents the Jordan river
  2. Help them tape the paper onto the rim of the cup that says “Naaman obeyed God and was healed”
  3. Have them put a happy face on one side of Naaman (this is Naaman when he is healed)
  4. Have them put a sad face on the other side of Naaman
  5. Have them put spots on the sad side of Naaman
  6. Have them glue the popsicle stick to Naaman
  7. Demonstrate how they can tell the story of Naaman and dip Naaman in the Jordan 7 times, and then turn the stick to show how the spots disappeared and he was well!

Memory Verse

We are memorizing this verse with actions for the SunLand Christmas Play so go over this several times – practice the signs, but also practice having the kids say it really nice and clear and loud!

Glory                        Raise hands just so they are ear height and wiggle your fingers

To God            Now move hands higher so they are just above head height with both index fingers pointing up to God

In the highest            Now raise hands as high as they go, palms up towards God, eyes looking up to the sky

And on earth            Look forward again, and put fingers together to form a circle (an earth)

Peace!            Both hands forward making the peace sign

Small Group Time & Little Snack

  1. The little maid really helped Naaman didn’t she?  She helped Naaman find God. What are ways that we can help people find God? Here are some ways…

–                By praying for them (explain how this helps people find God)

–                By praying with them

–                By forgiving others and asking for forgiveness, because this shows how God is also forgiving

–                By showing love to people who other people might not be kind to

–                By telling people our story about how we love God

–            Other ideas?

Blessing

Teachers, at the end of every lesson have all the children sit quietly while you pray over them.  You do not have to use these words below…but they are from the Bible and you could certainly add them to whatever you pray. Let us not miss the opportunity to impart a spiritual blessing on each child.

“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

Please clean up the classroom as follows:

  1. Teachers, place all the extra lesson supplies, attendance clip-board, DVD’s etc. in the shopping Bag on the counter.
  2. Carefully (with help) roll the TV to the back of the cabin
  3. Make sure any scrap paper etc. is picked up from the floor
  4. Make sure all the supplies you used are put away
  5. If children play with the toys, please make sure they put everything back where they found it before you dismiss them (you might want to listen for the last song in church if you can) and then have them line up, ready for their parents.
  6. When the classroom is empty, please do a “once over” to make sure everything is put away.