Thanks for joining us again as we do Children’s Worship from home!
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Wake Up Little Girl!
Based on: Mark 5:21-43
(It’s not an activity, but just a little background on the story for you, the parent, to read.)
When I am having a difficult day or have received some bad news, what is my first response? I know that I should turn to God, but sometimes I think first of myself and get upset. Only later do I remember to turn to God.
The stories of Jairus’s daughter and the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak encourage me to be more confident in my faith. Jairus believed that if he could just get Jesus to see his daughter, then she would be healed. The woman believed that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus’ clothes, her suffering would be gone. These were ordinary, everyday people, but they had extraordinary faith!
Psalm 17:6 is a great reminder for me to call on God. And when I do, I know that He will answer me. There isn’t a prayer that gets ignored by God. Spend some time letting God know what is on your heart.
Activity One: Read the intro. Watch the video of the story.
Activity Two: Discuss the story using provided questions as prompts. Prayer.
Activity Three: Respond to the story by doing the activity.
Activity Four: Bless your children
Activity 1: STORY
Introduction to read the children:
As Jesus and His friends arrived in town, a crowd gathered around them. And a man named Jairus desperately pushed his way toward Jesus. Jairus was an important man in town. He was an official in the synagogue where everyone in town gathered to worship and to learn about God’s Word. When Jairus finally got to Jesus, Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come and put His hands on his daughter so that she could be healed. You see, Jairus’s daughter was so sick that Jairus was afraid she would die if she didn’t get Jesus’ help! What do you think your parents would do if you were so sick that they thought you might die? Jairus must have believed that Jesus could help his daughter, so he was glad when Jesus started with him toward his house.
Conclusion to read to the children
Jairus and the woman must have been so glad that they had believed in Jesus and asked Him for help, even when it seemed as if Jesus was too busy or there was no hope! Sometimes when we have problems or even BIG worries, we might stop believing that Jesus can help us. We might even forget to ask for His help! But listen to what Psalm 17:6 tells us to do. (Read verse aloud.) “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” When we call on God, it means we pray to Him. He answers! We can be confident that He will give us what we need. He doesn’t always answer in the way we expect—sometimes He might say “No” or “Later” or “Here’s something better!”
Activity 2: DISCUSSION
- What did Jairus want Jesus to do? (Heal his sick girl.)
- What did Jesus say to Jairus when his friends told him his daughter was dead? (Don’t be afraid. Believe.)
- What are some ways God might answer our prayers? (He might say “Yes,” “No,” “Wait a while” or even “I have something better.”) God can also answer our prayers by reminding us that He really loves us!
- What are some things kids your age can talk to God about? (A bully at school. Good things that happen. Kids making fun of you. Trouble with brother or sister.)
Let’s pray now and talk to God about something that is a problem in our life and to trust Him to answer our prayers in the best way.
Encourage children to pray for God to help them with something they need this week in their own words. Then, transition into a time of prayer for personal requests.
Activity 3: RESPONSE ACTIVITY
#1 Print and Color
Activity #2 Prayer Pocket
- Glue sticks
- Hole punch
- Yarn or narrow ribbon
- Craft sticks
Give each student a Prayer Pocket sheet. Students cut out Prayer Pocket along the solid lines. Students fold in the side flaps along the dotted lines and put glue on them. Then students fold the back up. Students decorate the front and back of their pocket and then use hole punch to make holes at the dots. Students thread yarn or narrow ribbon through holes and tie ends to make a hanger. Give each student several craft sticks to write one-word prayer requests (family, friends, pet, school, sports, etc.). Students place craft sticks inside their pockets.
Hang your pockets somewhere you see often. Before bedtime or when you wake up, take out one of your craft sticks and talk to God about what is written on the stick. God loves it when we talk to Him. The Bible says that when we talk to God, He will answer us. I’m glad that God listens to me when I pray and that He is never too busy to hear me.
Activity #3 Print and Color
Activity 4: CLOSING BLESSING
This week remember that God will always listen to you when you call to Him. There isn’t a prayer spoken that God doesn’t hear.
(______________), may you know that God always hears and answers prayer.