Friday, September 24, 2010

Jesus Time Lesson Plan for Sunday, September 24

Scripture Passage: Luke 16:19-31

Purpose of Jesus Time:
During Jesus Time, the children will learn this story from Luke and will consider how we might be more sensitive and responsive to human need.

Jesus Time Thesis:
We can help people who need our help.

Goal for Jesus Time:
1. The children will understand the passage from Luke.
2. The children will retell the story by drawing pictures.

Materials Needed:
Prepared paper
Crayons/markers

Preparation:
Before Jesus Time!, the leaders should gather their materials, read Luke 16:19-31, and read through this lesson plan.

Procedure:
Gathering - When the children enter the space, have them sit in a circle. Have them talk about some of the gifts they’ve given to other people. After they’ve shared their ideas, ask the following questions:

WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT PEOPLE NEED TO LIVE?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE THESE THINGS?

HOW DO YOU THINK PEOPLE FEEL WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE THESE THINGS?

WHY?

HOW CAN WE HELP PEOPLE WHO NEED THINGS TO LIVE?

WHEN WE HELP THEM, HOW DO YOU THINK THEY’LL FEEL?

Explain that during the session we’ll do the following:
• Pray and sing
• Talk about how we can be more generous
• Draw some pictures illustrating the story

Prayer and Songs - While the children are sitting in a circle, have them share the following:
• Good things that happened in the last week.
• Situations in which a person may need God’s help

Start the prayer by saying:

Lord, we want to thank you for all the good things you do for us. In the last week, thank you for...

Go around the circle and have each child offer something good that’s happened in the last week. They should remember the things that they mentioned. Keep going around the circle until all the children have had the chance to pray as much as they want to pray. When finished, say:

Lord, we know that you help us when we need your help. We ask that you help...

Again, go around the circle and have each child offer some person or situation they’d heard mentioned earlier. Keep going around the circle until all the children have had the chance to pray as much as they want to pray. When finished, say:

Thanks for listening to us. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Then have the children pray the Lord’s Prayer by having them repeat the following:

Our Father, (have the children repeat)
who art in heaven, (have the children repeat)
Hallowed be Thy name. (have the children repeat)
Thy kingdom come. (have the children repeat)
Thy will be done (have the children repeat)
on earth as it is in heaven. (have the children repeat)
Give us this day (have the children repeat)
our daily bread. (have the children repeat)
And forgive us our debts, (have the children repeat)
as we forgive our debtors. (have the children repeat)
And lead us not into temptation, (have the children repeat)
but deliver us from evil; (have the children repeat)
For thine is the kingdom, (have the children repeat)
and the power, (have the children repeat)
and the glory, for ever. Amen. (have the children repeat)

When finished with the prayer, have the children stand and help them sing the following song:
This is the children’s song we’ll sing during the service next week.























Story - Tell the following story from the Contemporary English Version. If any children have received a Bible from the church, encourage them to bring it to Jesus Time. The children may read aloud from their Bibles. If you feel comfortable, you may act this out with small toys. Also ask the accompanying questions:

19There was once a rich man who wore expensive clothes and every day ate the best food. 20But a poor beggar named Lazarus was brought to the gate of the rich man’s house. 21He was happy just to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. His body was covered with sores, and dogs kept coming up to lick them. 22The poor man died, and angels took him to the place of honor next to Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23He went to hell and was suffering terribly.

Ask the following:

WHO ARE THE TWO PEOPLE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY?
Lazarus and the rich man

HOW WAS THE RICH MAN DESCRIBED
19There was once a rich man who wore expensive clothes and every day ate the best food.

HOW DO YOU THINK HE FELT?

HOW WAS LAZARUS DESCRIBED?
20But a poor beggar named Lazarus was brought to the gate of the rich man’s house. 21He was happy just to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. His body was covered with sores, and dogs kept coming up to lick them.

HOW DO YOU THINK HE FELT?

HOW COULD THE RICH MAN HAVE HELPED LAZARUS?

WHY DO YOU THINK HE DIDN’T HELP LAZARUS?

WHAT HAPPENED TO BOTH LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN?
They died.

WHAT HAPPENED TO LAZARUS AFTER HE DIED?
22The poor man died, and angels took him to the place of honor next to Abraham.

HOW DO YOU THINK HE FELT?

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RICH MAN?
The rich man also died and was buried. 23He went to hell and was suffering terribly.

HOW DO YOU THINK HE FELT?

Read the following:

When he looked up and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side, 24he said to Abraham, “Have pity on me! Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and touch my tongue. I’m suffering terribly in this fire.” 25Abraham answered, “My friend, remember that while you lived, you had everything good, and Lazarus had everything bad. Now he is happy, and you are in pain. 26And besides, there is a deep ditch between us, and no one from either side can cross over.”

Ask the following:

WHAT DOES THE RICH MAN DO AND SAY?
When he looked up and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side, 24he said to Abraham, “Have pity on me! Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and touch my tongue. I’m suffering terribly in this fire.”

WHY WOULD HE ASK THIS?

WHAT’S HAPPENING TO THE RICH MAN?

WHAT DOES ABRAHAM SAY?
25Abraham answered, “My friend, remember that while you lived, you had everything good, and Lazarus had everything bad. Now he is happy, and you are in pain. 26And besides, there is a deep ditch between us, and no one from either side can cross over.”

DURING HIS LIFE ON EARTH, WHAT DID...

...LAZARUS HAVE?

...THE RICH MAN HAVE?

NOW, WHAT DOES...

...LAZARUS HAVE?

...THE RICH MAN HAVE?

WHAT HAS GOD DONE?
Reversed things

WHY WOULD GOD DO THAT?

DURING HIS LIFE, WHAT COULD THE RICH MAN HAVE DONE?
Given some of his stuff to help Lazarus

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS HE COULD HAVE GIVEN?

Read the following:

27But the rich man said, “Abraham, then please send Lazarus to my father’s home. 28Let him warn my five brothers, so they won’t come to this horrible place.” 29Abraham answered, “Your brothers can read what Moses and the prophets wrote. They should pay attention to that.” 30Then the rich man said, “No, that’s not enough! If only someone from the dead would go to them, they would listen and turn to God.” 31So Abraham said, “If they won’t pay attention to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even to someone who comes back from the dead.”

Ask the following:

WHAT DOES THE RICH MAN WANT ABRAHAM TO DO?
27But the rich man said, “Abraham, then please send Lazarus to my father’s home.

WHY?
28Let him warn my five brothers, so they won’t come to this horrible place.”

WHAT DOES ABRAHAM SAY?
29Abraham answered, “Your brothers can read what Moses and the prophets wrote. They should pay attention to that.”

IF THEY READ MOSES AND PROPHETS, WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY SAID ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE?

WHAT’S THE LAST THING THE RICH MAN SAID?
30Then the rich man said, “No, that’s not enough! If only someone from the dead would go to them, they would listen and turn to God.”

WHAT DOES HE THINK?

WHAT DOES ABRAHAM SAY?
31So Abraham said, “If they won’t pay attention to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even to someone who comes back from the dead.”

WHO CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD?
Jesus

WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE?
Love your neighbor

Ask the children to summarize the story before asking the following:

WHY DIDN’T THE RICH MAN HELP LAZARUS WHEN HE HAD THE CHANCE?

WHO ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO NEED OUR HELP?

HOW MIGHT WE HELP THEM?

Drawing - Have the children draw pictures illustrating and applying the story. Encourage them to draw what they think the statement means. After about eight minutes, have the children share their drawings with the others. Save the pictures so they may be posted and scanned.

Dismissal - Close the time by reminding the children that Jesus loves them and they can love others.

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