In the Lima Campus, 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 21 | I Can Go to Jesus
Bible Verse: Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all of you who are tired and are carrying heavy loads. I will give you rest.”
Bible Point: Many people came to Jesus for help. I can go to Jesus too!
Resource: The Beginner’s Bible
“A Hole in the Roof ” (pages 328 – 333)
“Jesus Calms the Storm” (pages 334 – 339)
TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.
Who helped the man who couldn’t walk get to Jesus? (His friends.)
Where did the disciples go for help when their boat was going to sink? (They woke up Jesus, and he calmed the storm.)
Why did the woman touch Jesus’ robe? (She was sick and had faith that Jesus could heal her.)
Who came to Jesus and asked him to heal his daughter? (Jairus.)
What is a miracle? (An amazing thing that only God can do.)
Can just anyone make a miracle happen? (No.)
Can you name a miracle that Jesus did in the stories you heard this week? (He turned water into wine; he healed the captain’s servant.)
What kinds of miracles does God do for us every day? (He has made us better when we’ve been sick; he feeds all the people and animals on earth; he makes trees and plants grow.)
This week, each story involved people who were determined to ask Jesus for help. Ask your child what Jesus did to help a person in one of the stories. Have your child select one of these Bible stories and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from the Beginner’s Bible. Provide your child with props, such as a blanket for the paralyzed man, a box for a boat, a spray water bottle for a storm, a bathrobe for the sick woman to touch, or a bed for Jairus’s daughter to lie on. When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.
EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.
Has your family memorized this week’s verse? Set time aside to learn the verse together by singing it to a tune or making up actions. Have selected times during the week to reward family members for saying the verse correctly!
One of the easiest ways to go to God is through prayer. So try a different approach to praying as a family this week. Form a circle and ask one family member to say at least one request or praise to God. Then “pop” that person’s prayer to the next person by saying “pop” and squeezing that person’s left hand. Continue around the circle in this manner.
This is a creative and fun way to get everyone in the family talking and involved! Who in your community can your children go to in times of trouble? Think of respectable people who are always on call when an emergency arrives— firefighters, paramedics, police officers, military personnel, etc. Find a fire station or a police station close to you and bring treats as a family to tell them thanks. Talk to your child about where to go in times of trouble.
If the paralyzed man had no caring friends, he would not have made it to Jesus. Does your family know of anyone who may not be able to get to church, even though they want to do so? Is there something your family could do to help? Offering a ride might be exactly the ministry your friend needs to meet Jesus for the first time.
In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Survivor: Build an Alliance.
Today we learned that in the wild, you will need to form alliances to survive. In the kingdom, friendships made with others will help you thrive.
IN THE CAR: Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:
In the lesson, we talked about Proverbs! Here are some questions to process with your child on the ride home:
If you are out in the wilderness, do you think you have a bigger chance to thrive if you form an alliance?
Would you have to trust or like the person you are in alliance with?
What would they look like? How do you know that they would be a good friend?
As a survivor, we need to learn the importance of making good positive friendships will help us thrive in the wilderness. Encourage your children when they are playing to be observant of their friends and keep friends that choose to hold values of a godly friend. Take time to pray out loud with your children for the Holy Spirit to be a part of their daily lives and to help them hear him and recognize good friendships when they come into their lives.
God designed all of us to need one another. Create opportunities at the dinner table:
Ask your children about their day, who is their best friend, and why they have chosen that friend to be their best friend. Listen and encourage them as they are choosing friends
Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:
Psalm 29:11 ‘The Lord gives Strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace’
What you need to know:
Kids take their lead from you; share stories of how you chose friends as a child. Use good and bad experiences to help your children see that there is a difference between good and bad alliances. That level of vulnerability with your child may help them to open up to you when they are struggling with a problem and they will feel easier to tell you when they believe they have made a bad alliance. With your support, your child will see you are the best alliance they have.