Week of February 28, 2021

Maybe God is Like That Too

By Jennifer Grant

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23a

Preschool Series - JESUS AND HIS MIRACLES

In this series, children will discover that one of the ways Jesus showed people that he is God was through miracles. Children will learn a few of the amazing miracles that Jesus performed while he was here on earth, and that Jesus did these things out of his great love for people.

“All things are possible with God.”

Mark 10:27

Jesus Feeds the 5,000!

John 6:1-15

All things are possible with God.

In today’s Bible story, a boy shares his lunch of fish and bread. Then Jesus feeds more than 5,000 people with it! Jesus shows us he is God through his miracles.

Time to Colour!

Wk 4 - Jesus Feeds 5000.pdf

Sing and Dance!

Jesus shows us He is God

Puppet story time

Wk 4 - Story Puppets.pdf

Cut out these puppet figures and glue then to a stick. Use this simple script to retell the story.

[Hold up crowd and Jesus puppets]

A large crowd of people started following Jesus. They saw Jesus do miracles like healing sick people!

[Pretend Jesus puppet is going up a mountain]

Jesus went up a mountain. Then he sat down with his disciples. Jesus saw that a large crowd had followed him there, too.

[Hold up crowd puppet]

[Hold up Philip and Jesus puppets]

Philip was one of Jesus’ disciples. Jesus said to him, “Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?”

[Side whisper]

Jesus already knew what he was going to do, but he wanted to test Philip!

[Hold up Philip puppet]

Philip answered, “It would cost us more than we could earn in half a year to buy enough bread for people to have just one bite each!”

[Hold up Jesus and Andrew puppets]

Another of Jesus’ disciples spoke up. It was Andrew.

[Hold up Andrew and boy puppets]

Andrew said, “There’s a boy here with five small loaves of bread. He also has two small fish.

[Hold up bread and fish]

But how far will that go to feed such a large crowd?”

[Pass around the five loaves and two fish]

[Hold up Jesus puppet]

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There were over 5,000 people there!

[Hold up Jesus and crowd puppets]

Then Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks. He handed out the bread to everyone. They had as much as they wanted. And he did the same with the fish.

[Hold up Jesus, Philip, and Andrew puppets]

When everyone had enough to eat, Jesus told his disciples to gather the leftovers. When they did, there was enough to fill [count to twelve out loud] twelve baskets! That’s A LOT of leftovers. Remember, they started with only five loaves of bread and two fish!

[Hold up crowd puppet]

The people saw that Jesus had done a miracle, and they were amazed!

February Series - MIRACLES

Jesus showed us that he really is God’s Son through his teaching, great love, and miracles. His miracles weren't just for a good show, but to pour his love and compassion on those who really needed it most. There was love and meaning wrapped in to each one. In this series, students will learn through the miracles of Jesus and see his immense love for people.

God is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him. He comforts us in all our troubles. Now we can comfort others when they are in trouble.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIRV)

K - Grade 3

Conversation starters...

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen or heard about?

What did you want to do when you saw or heard about it?

Did you share it with other people?

Who’s the first person you want to tell when something exciting happens?

Luke 8:26-39

Jesus Heals a Man Controlled by Demons

What did Jesus tell the man to do at the end of the story?

If Jesus did an incredible miracle for you or someone in your family, who would you tell?

One way to share God’s love it to tell others aboutJesus. We can do that anytime!

We can share God’s love by telling others what he has done.

Going on a mission!

We are all on a mission to tell others about Jesus so use your imagination! Do the actions together!

Pretend to be underwater and say, “We’re swimming in the ocean. Swim everyone! Let’s tell the ocean-dwellers that ‘Jesus is Lord and he loves you!’”

Say, “Now we’re running through the jungle. Watch out for the giant bugs and snakes! Let’s tell all the people living in the jungle that ‘Jesus is Lord and he loves you!’ as we run from the bugs!”

Say, “We’re climbing up a mountain. Get a good grip! Let’s tell the other mountain climbers that ‘Jesus is Lord and he loves you!’”

Add more scenarios ... use your imagination! You could guide your kids to call out countries or places to go and tell others about Jesus.

Make a prayer wall together

Print “Who will you tell?” in large letters in the middle of a large piece of paper.

As a family, ask who you could share God’s love with by telling them about Jesus.

Write the names of friends, family, and other people who don’t know Jesus. Or, draw pictures of these people.

Chat about reasons why we might hesitate to tell someone about Jesus.

Pray and ask God to help!

Hang the prayer-wall paper where your whole family can see it.

Grades 4-6

Conversation starters...

What’s the greatest thing someone has ever done for you?

Did you tell anyone about it at the time? Who did you tell and why?

What is gossip?

Gossip includes talking about people negatively, usually behind their backs.

Has anyone ever heard of positive gossip? What do you think it is? (e.g., I heard Deshawn helps his mom put away groceries every time she shops without her asking)

Can you think of other examples of positive gossip?

When we share positive gossip, it feels good to us—and it feels good to the person we’re talking about, too.

Can you think of any positive gossip you could share about Jesus?

How could sharing it have an impact on others? How might it affect you?

We can share God’s love by telling others what he has done.

Luke 8:26-39

Jesus Heals a Man Controlled by Demons

What do you think the man who Jesus healed told people about what Jesus had done for him?

How do you think others would have reacted to him?

Imagine that their whole life just changed in an amazing way. Who would they tell?

God Story

If you’ve gone to church your whole life, it can feel as if you don’t have a big story of transformation to tell or that you don’t have something exciting to share. Even if you don’t have a radical story, we all have things we can share about Jesus!

Even though Kristina went through a change, it was a process for her. As she relied on God, what was her process like? What kinds of things do you think she tells her friends about God’s love?

Ask yourself...

Who is Jesus? What has he done for you?

Which Bible stories about Jesus would you share?

Have you ever felt as if God has talked to you or used you in some way? What would you share about that?

How does God comfort you, show his love to you, or care for you?

Share your story with your kids!

What has Jesus done in your own life and who He is to you? Briefly explain how knowing that Jesus is Lord and He loves you influences how you live, love, and serve.

Pray

Pray that you would all be bold and ready to share about Jesus with anyone. Pray that you would have opportunities to share at home, at school, or in the community.

Grades 7-9

Hangout

Have you ever had a parent or teacher find out something and ask, “What have you done?!” What did you do? Why did you doit?

Did you get in trouble?

Has anyone ever asked you that question after you did something good? What did you answer?

Do you ever consider what God has done or is doing in your life? How would you reply if someone asked, “What has God done in your life?”

Discuss

The good news is that Jesus came to save us from sin, show us God’s love, set up his kingdom, and shut down religion.

What do each of these phrases mean?

How has Jesus done these things, or why they are important?

Why do we “need” Jesus?

Jesus performed many miracles. We learned about a few of them during this series. We also saw stories about what he has done in people’s lives. But many others don’t know much about Jesus, other than he was born at Christmas or he has something to do with God.

Who do you think is waiting to hear the good news of Jesus? Who needs some hope or joy in their life? Who needs their hurts to be healed?

Read Matthew 9:35-38

What is the good news about the kingdom?

What do you think it was about the people he saw that brought compassion to his heart? Whom do you feel this way about?

What is “the harvest” that Jesus talks about?

Who are the workers? Who could go and tell about what Jesus has done?

Huddle

This would be a great time to highlight baptism. It’s how we tell others we want to follow Jesus forever. What a great time to invite people who don’t know him to a Jesus-centered celebration!

What are the kinds of things that stop you from sharing about Jesus with other people?

Imagine someone asked you to tell them about Jesus.

Which personal stories could you share?

Which stories from the Bible would you talk about?

How would you describe Jesus?

Practise what you would say to someone.

Pray

Pray that God would give you opportunities to share about Jesus.

Read 2 Timothy 1:7-8

Pray that you would be bold and share God’s love by telling many others what he has done.

We can share God’s love by telling others what he has done.