Luke 11:11 and John 11:1-46
Teach children that Jesus is our giving Father, who takes care of us.
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)
Educator, you start this moment by asking: Who here has a friend? (Wait their participation). Ask a kid: What is its name? You would never deny helping a friend, right? (Wait the kid’s answer) You would help or would ask someone to help him/her, right? On today’s story we will talk about a beautiful friendship among three siblings and a very special person. Let us find out who those people were?
GOD IS OUR FATHER
LAZARUS, MARTHA and Mary were siblings, and they had a very special friend who did wonderful miracles. Do you know whom am I talking about? (Wait participation) I am talking about Jesus! That is right, they were friends with Jesus.
One day, Lazarus got really sick, and his sisters were so worried; they sent word for Jesus that His great friend was very ill. When Jesus received the news, he said to His disciples that, because of that sickness, the power of God would manifest and many would praise His name.
The Lord Jesus, even knowing that Lazarus was very sick, after receiving the news remained a little longer in that place. After two days, He called His disciples and said He would go to Lazarus to wake Him up fro he was sleeping. Little friends, the disciples thought Lazarus was really sleeping, but Jesus explained he had died and He would resurrect him.
Some people went to the house of Martha and Mary to comfort them for they got really sad. When Martha knew Jesus had arrived, she run to Him and, saddened, she said if Jesus was there with them, her brother would not be dead. Jesus said her to trust in God, for Lazarus would live again. She believed in those words and went to warn her sister that Jesus had arrived.
Mary cried when she saw Jesus and said the same as Martha: if you, Lord, had arrived earlier none of this would happen. The Lord Jesus got really sad and even cried, for Lazarus was His friend. After that, Jesus went to the place where Lazarus was buried and commanded them to remove the stone closing the entrance of the tomb. Back then, the dead were buried in caves which were closed by big stones. When arriving to the entrance of the tomb, Jesus yelled: “Lazarus, come forth!” And, immediately, he came out of the tomb with his feet, hands and face wrapped with strips of cloth. Jesus commanded them to unwrap and take him home.
What a great joy, a true miracle! Jesus resurrected Lazarus, His friend.
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Little friends, what a joy to have such a special friend like Jesus, right? He is also our protector Father who looks after us. Jesus knows what we need and answers us when we pray with faith. He knows our life and will answer us, just as He did to Mary and Martha by resurrecting Lazarus. Who here is child of Jesus, lift up your hand! Then obey Him and try always to make His will. Speaking of which, let us pray for the fathers for we are celebrating Father’s Day. So, respect your father or responsible, and if he does not serve God yet, believe that soon Jesus will give him a new life, just as He did to Lazarus. Amen!
Educator, for this moment you will need cookies bags (enough for the children’s snack) and a bag of the same cookie with pebbles instead. Put the two bags on the table and start the fun chat asking the following: Who wants cookie? Take the bag with the pebbles; get one pebble out of the bag and say: What is this, class? Pebbles? Children, I would never give this to you, I just put those pebbles here to give you an example of something Jesus said in the past: “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13)
You see, kids, Jesus wants to show us with this Word that He gets worried about each one of us and knows what we need; He will bless us with the best for He is glorified when we are blessed. Do you understand? (Wait participation) I would never give you these pebbles (show the bag again) but I will give you cookies (show the bag of cookies). Who here wishes to eat these delicious cookies? Please stand up. Let us pray and thank Jesus the love and care from Him to us and then we will consecrate the snack. Educator, you pray with your class.
Painting and gluing
Paint it well and glue twine on the stripes over the body of Lazarus.
Lazarus resurrected and came out of the tomb.
Paint it well, and then fold the paper to see what happens.
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