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Kids Week 3

Your Best Self | Message Series

Main Idea: Jesus wants me to help others and be willing to receive help.

Introduction

Today’s main idea will be accomplished in two activities with skittles. The first will make your child rely on others for what they want and the second uses the skittles for some prayer prompts so that you can pray together with your kids for their needs and the needs of those around them.

Share Your Story

Have everyone in the group stick out their arms straight in front of them and put a skittle in each hand. Let them know that they can eat the skittles, but the only rule is that they cannot bend their elbows. Give them a chance to try to figure out how they can get the Skittle in their mouth. After several attempts, they may realize that they only way that they can eat a skittle is if they help one another by giving away their skittle into the mouth of their friend. If they have not figured it out yet, give them a few clues so that they each get a bite of Skittle. (But save the rest! You will need them later.)

Then ask, “Can any of you share a story about a time you needed help from someone? Or gave help to someone else?”

Say: “Today we will read a story from the Bible about a few friends that helped their buddy find Jesus.”

Hear God’s Story

Luke 5: 17 – 26

One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus.

Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”

But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”

Create a New Story

It’s pretty amazing that the man in this story could rely on his friends for help. All the time we will have the chance to help others and to get help from others. Today, you will get the chance to pray for the needs of yourself and others in a fun way. Pass out the bags of Skittles and read together what each color of Skittle means. Take turns pulling out a skittle. Based on the color you grab, follow the prompt and pray together.

  • Red – Pray for someone that you love
  • Orange – Pray for a friend in need
  • Green – Pray for yourself and something that you need help with
  • Purple – Pray for a leader or someone in charge
  • Yellow – Thank God for friends that have helped you or your family

Weekly Memory Verse Game: Luke 5:20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”

Pass It Along:

Write the first letter of each word on a sheet of paper. Children then try to say the verse with the first letter clue. Stick the paper someone you can see it throughout the week and practice learning the verse. (STFJSTTMYMYSAF)

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