Scripture: Matthew 9:18-31
Introductory Activity – Bandage Relay
- Gather adhesive bandages and put them in a large bowl. Place the bowl of bandages at one end of the game area. Create a tape start line at the other end of the game area.
Create two teams and ask teams to line up facing the bandages. At your signal, the first child of each team runs down to the bowl, picks up a bandage, and removes it from the package. Then the child will take the bandage back to the line, remove the backing from the bandage, and place it on the hand of the next child in line. That child will then run down to get a bandage. Continue until all team members have a bandage. Talk about when people need a bandage (when they are injured or hurt) and why they use bandages (help their cuts heal). Comment that today the kids will hear about people that Jesus healed.
Live It Out – Sticks Game
- Gather craft sticks; print letters on the sticks, one letter on a stick: J, E, S, U, S, H, E, A, L, S. Make two or three sets of sticks.
Talk about the Bible story. Use the Kids Activity Pages to talk about how Jesus healed people. Talk about other stories about Jesus’ healing.
Drop the sticks into a pile on a table. Create two teams of kids. Ask one team a question about the Bible story; after answering the story, one child from the team can pick up a stick carefully from the pile. If he does not move another stick while picking it up, he can choose a second stick. (If he does move another stick, he can keep the first stick but not try for a second stick) If the second stick moves another stick, he must place it back on the pile. Then ask a question to the other team and repeat the process. Teams should work to get all the letters to spell Jesus Heals. Ask kids if Jesus heals today.
Introductory Activity – Blindfolded Artists
- On index cards, print the name of an object: house, flower, heart, hairbrush, cap, dog, face, and so forth. You will need a card for every pair of children. You will also need paper, markers, and blindfolds.
Group the kids into pairs. Ask each pair to decide who will be the artist and who will be the guide. Give each pair a piece of paper and a marker. Blindfold the artists. Give each guide an object card. The guide should give instructions to the artist to draw the object on the card; the guide must not name the object. Give encouragement as the guides help the artists draw. After a few minutes, tell groups to stop and remove blindfolds. Lay drawings and cards on tables and take a gallery walk. Encourage kids to talk about the experience. Tell them that in the Bible story they will hear about Jesus healing the blind.
Live It Out – “Miracle” Web Page
- Provide paper and pencils. Make arrangements for preteens to use computers or tablets to create their Web pages. (Plan to link the page or pages to your church’s Web site.)
- If you do not have technology available, provide scrapbook paper, precut letters, markers, paper, and other supplies to create a wall display outside the room.
Use the Kids Activity Pages and leader pack items to talk about the Bible story and Life Point. Talk about miracles in the Bible. Invite preteens to talk about any miracles they have experienced or know about; share your own experiences as well.
Talk about what information they could share about miracles. They can use the paper and pencils to jot ideas and design information for a Web page. The group may want to work together to create one Web page or smaller groups could create several pages that could be linked together. Assist their work as needed. Tell preteens that telling about what Jesus has done helps people learn more about His love for them.
If you are unable to create a Web page, use the same information and design a wall display outside your classroom.