Friday, October 1, 2010

Jesus Time Lesson Plan for Sunday, October 3, 2010

Scripture Passage: Luke 17:5-10

Purpose of Jesus Time:
During Jesus Time, the children will learn that God has already given us all that we need.

Jesus Time Thesis:
God has given us all that we need.

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 17:5-10, 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 OF THE THINGS THAT YOU VALUE THE MOST?

HOW DID YOU GET THOSE THINGS?

HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU GOT THEM?

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE ONE WHO GAVE THEM TO YOU?

WHY WOULD A PERSON SAY THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING?

IF WE BELIEVE THIS, HOW WOULD WE FEEL ABOUT GOD?

WHY DO YOU THINK GOD HAS GIVEN US SO MUCH?

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. Read the following:

5The apostles said to the Lord, “Make our faith stronger!”
6Jesus replied: “If you had faith no bigger than a tiny mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to pull itself up, roots and all, and to plant itself in the ocean. And it would!

Ask the following:

WHO’S SPEAKING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY?
Apostles

WHAT IS A APOSTLES?

TO WHOM ARE THEY SPEAKING?
The Lord

WHO IS THE LORD?
Jesus

WHAT DO THEY WANT HIM TO DO?
“Make our faith stronger!”

WHAT IS FAITH?

WHY WOULD THEY WANT STRONGER FAITH?

WHAT DOES JESUS SAY?
“If you had faith no bigger than a tiny mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to pull itself up, roots and all, and to plant itself in the ocean. And it would!

WHAT IS JESUS TELLING HIS APOSTLES?

Read the following:
7“If your servant comes in from plowing or from taking care of the sheep, would you say, ‘Welcome! Come on in and have something to eat’? 8No, you wouldn’t say that. You would say, ‘Fix me something to eat. Get ready to serve me, so I can have my meal. Then later on you can eat and drink.’ 9Servants don’t deserve special thanks for doing what they are supposed to do. 10And that’s how it should be with you. When you’ve done all you should, then say, ‘We are merely servants, and we have simply done our duty.’”
Ask the following:

WHAT DOES JESUS TELL THEM?
A Story

ABOUT WHAT IS THE STORY?
Slaves and masters

WHAT’S A SLAVE?

WHAT’S A MASTER?

IF YOU HAVE A SLAVE, WHAT WOULD YOU NOT SAY?
7“If your servant comes in from plowing or from taking care of the sheep, would you say, ‘Welcome! Come on in and have something to eat’? 8No, you wouldn’t say that.

WHY WOULDN’T YOU SAY THAT?

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY INSTEAD?
You would say, ‘Fix me something to eat. Get ready to serve me, so I can have my meal. Then later on you can eat and drink.’ 9Servants don’t deserve special thanks for doing what they are supposed to do.

WHY?
9Servants don’t deserve special thanks for doing what they are supposed to do.


HOW DOES THAT RELATE TO WHAT THE APOSTLES SHOULD SAY?
10And that’s how it should be with you. When you’ve done all you should, then say, ‘We are merely servants, and we have simply done our duty.’”

IF THEY SAID THIS, WHO IS THEIR MASTER?
God

WHAT SHOULD BE DOING?

WHAT SHOULD THEY EXPECT FROM GOD?

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

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT GOD HAS ALREADY GIVEN US WITHOUT OUR HAVING TO ASK?

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO WITH THE THINGS GOD HAS GIVEN TO US?

Drawing - Distribute the attached sheets and 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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