PREK & ELEMENTARY
WEEK OF SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
jesus' early miracles
Bible Passage: Matthew 4; 9; Mark 1–3; Luke 5–6
Story Point: People came to Jesus, and He healed them.
Key Passage: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
What is God Like: God is love.
CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus cares about people. Jesus’ miracles helped people and showed that He is the Son of God. Through Jesus, God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He provides forgiveness and life with God forever.
LET'S HAVE A CONVERSATION
1. CHECK OUT THE BIBLE STORY
OPTION 2: WATCH IT
2. SHARE YOUR STORY
Consider questions that pursue the heart of your child during natural points of connection. Here's one for during a walk or at the dinner table this week:
What are some ways we can help others right now? For older kids, prompt kids to share about a time someone helped them do something this week. Kids may also share about ways they have helped others. Lead them to consider why people help one another.
3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
What did Jesus do for people who were sick? (He healed them.)
When did Jesus go out by Himself to pray? (early in the morning)
Where did Jesus want to go so He could preach more? (nearby villages; throughout the land)
Does Jesus care about people? (Yes!)
Whose love never fails? (God’s!)
Where was the synagogue in which Jesus taught? (Capernaum, Mark 1:21)
Why did Jesus say He came? (to teach, Mark 1:38)
Why did Jesus heal the man with leprosy? (Jesus had compassion on him, Mark 1:41)
What do these miracles show about Jesus? Guide kids to discuss Jesus’ power as God’s Son. Jesus had authority over evil spirits and over the sickness people faced. We also see Jesus’ love and kindness toward people. Jesus meets physical needs and spiritual needs.
Why was Jesus’ preaching more important than His miracles? Help kids understand that Jesus’ miracles helped to show His power and authority, but the purpose was to support the truth of His teaching. A person healed of a sickness might later become sick again and is still spiritually dead in sin. A person who understands Jesus’ teaching and has faith in His death and resurrection is forgiven and gains eternal life.
How can we be like Jesus? Discuss Jesus’ compassion, kindness, and preaching. Help kids see that we can show God’s love in the way we treat others. Explain that our love and kindness will help support the message of truth when we share the gospel. Actions may “speak louder” than words, but words are still essential for explaining the gospel.
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
WHAT YOU NEED: Bible
WHAT YOU DO: Open your Bible to Mark 1:35. Lead the kids in a time of guided prayer. Remind them that they do not have to pray aloud if they feel uncomfortable doing so. Encourage them to pray about more than just things they want, but also to pray as a way to praise God and thank Him.
WHAT YOU SAY: People came to Jesus, and He healed them. Jesus has power because He is the Son of God. Even though Jesus has incredible power to work miracles, He still needed time to pray to God. If Jesus chose to spend time praying, it must be extremely important for us to spend time praying too. Prayer is talking to God. We can talk to God just as we would talk to a friend or our parents. We can pray about anything.
are you willing
WHAT YOU DO: Ask for a family member to volunteer. Explain a task and then ask, “Are you willing to do that?” If he is not, let him sit back down. If he is, give him the opportunity to complete the task. Repeat with new volunteers for each additional task. Sample tasks:
Sing the happy birthday song.
Give everyone a high-five.
Pretend you are a cat for the rest of the game.
Do 10 jumping jacks.
Show us your best dance moves.
Pretend that you are underwater for 30 seconds.
WHAT YOU SAY: In this week’s Bible story, a man believed Jesus could help him if Jesus was willing. Do you remember if he was? What happened?
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY
WHAT YOU NEED: A Bible (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16)
WHAT YOU DO: Write the key passage incorrectly on a piece of paper and challenge the kids to help you correct it. You may give out Bibles and challenge the kids to use their Bibles to find the verse. For younger kids, just practice saying the passage with the correct words. Try learning motions with it.
Suggested incorrect passage:
“ For Jesus liked the world in this way: He took His one and only Father so that everyone who wonders in Him will not sneeze but have eventual life.”
Here’s a link to Motions
WHAT YOU SAY: Great job fixing those mistakes. God’s Word is perfect and true, and memorizing it is a wonderful way to make sure we have the truth with us all the time. This key passage, when read correctly, helps us understand the gospel. God loves people and showed His love by sending Jesus to save us from sin.
PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERS...
WHAT YOU NEED: tape, circles of paper
WHAT YOU DO: Tape colorful circles on the table or wall at toddlers’ height. Guide toddlers to carefully remove all of the spots. Talk about the Bible story.
WHAT YOU SAY: JESUS CARED FOR PEOPLE. Jesus healed people who were sick, like the man in our story who had sore spots on his skin. Jesus’ miracles showed that He is God’s Son. Only God’s Son can heal sickness and take away sin.
make bandage art
WHAT YOU NEED: bandages, construction paper
WHAT YOU DO: Provide adhesive bandages in several styles and colors. Help toddlers stick the bandages to construction paper. Talk about the Bible story as toddlers work.
WHAT YOU SAY: JESUS CARED FOR PEOPLE. Jesus healed people who were sick. Jesus’ miracles showed that He is God’s Son.
PLAY out family scenes
WHAT YOU NEED: toy food, plastic dishes or paper plates
WHAT YOU DO: Invite toddlers to prepare a feast as if someone were coming to visit. Talk about how Jesus visited people’s homes. Retell the story.
WHAT YOU SAY: Jesus went to Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick. Jesus healed her. JESUS CARED FOR PEOPLE. Jesus healed people who were sick.
journalingFOR 4TH-6TH GRADE
Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.
What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
What does the story teach me about myself?
Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
What characteristics of God do I see in this story?
What does the story teach me about people around me?
If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?
talking to kids about the gospel...
Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids
A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!
B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.
C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.