Lesson is here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/88921817/Doubting-Thomas1
Coloring sheet is here: http://sermons4kids.com/doubting_thomas_abda_colorpg.htm
Also found another worksheet for spotting the difference. It is here: http://ministry-to-children.com/thomas-sunday-school-worksheet/
What holiday did we just celebrate?
Review Easter Story
Jesus died on the cross and was buried in the tomb. Sunday morning some women found His tomb empty. Mary Magdalene was there and was worried that someone had stolen Jesus’ body. She stood in front of the tomb crying. She didn’t understand where Jesus was. Then she saw 2 angels sitting where Jesus had been placed. When she turned around, she saw Jesus standing there. At first she didn’t recognize Him. Jesus asked her why she was crying. She said, sir if you carried Him away, tell me where you put Him and I will get Him. Then Jesus said her name. She then recognized Him. She knew it was Jesus!
Jesus was alive. Mary Magdalene and a few other women, ran and told the disciples. She said “I have seen the Lord.”
Do you think they believed her?
Luke 24:11 says “Their words seemed like nonsense.” What does nonsense mean? Something that doesn’t make sense. It didn’t make sense that Jesus could be alive after dying on the cross.
After the women told the disciples, some of them ran off to the tomb and also found it empty, but they didn’t know yet what that meant. They still had not seen Jesus themselves.
That night all of the disciples except one (Thomas) were locked in a room together. Jesus appeared to them. Jesus said “Peace be with you.” The disciples were overjoyed when they say Jesus. Unfortunately, Thomas had missed seeing Jesus. The other disciples tried to tell Thomas about Jesus, but he wouldn’t believe what they were telling him.
What does it mean to doubt something? You don’t believe, or you wonder about it, but don’t really believe it could happen.
Thomas couldn’t believe the disciples. He said, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
Can you believe that Thomas didn’t believe his friends? He also must have forgotten Jesus saying that He would live again!
What do you think you would have told Thomas at this point?
Now a week passes by and Jesus appears again to His disciples. Thomas was there this time. Jesus shows Thomas His hands and His side. Jesus said, “Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said, “My Lord and my God.” Thomas finally believed. He didn’t doubt anymore. He had seen with his own eyes.
How many of you know that Jesus is alive?
We know that He is alive and is seated at the right hand of God on the throne. Jesus said, we are blessed if we believe, even though we have not seen Him with our own eyes. We can believe and not doubt because of the Bible.
Jesus is alive no doubt!!
Game: I doubt or I believe
Have the children shout out which one they think is correct!
I have a purple cat
Trains fly thru the air
You can make a square watermelon
I once caught a fish 10 feet long
If you plant M&M’s, you will grow a tree
I live in a mailbox
Outside It is raining dogs
Bees make honey
Planes can use their wheels to walk
You can fry an egg on black pavement on a hot day
Cars can talk to you
You can build a house to live in out of toothpicks and glue
My dog can howl
Penguins can bark
You can brush your teeth with sand
If you pedal fast enough you can make your bike fly
I can walk thru walls
I own a unicorn
Pastor Jeff’s car can fly
Jesus is alive
Our sins are forgiven
The craft is a bookmark. Have the kids color it and maybe put some stickers on it! You will also need some string and a single hole punch. It is also included in the download above.