Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kids in the Word Wednesday: Jesus heals a blind man

This week in my Wednesday night children's church class, we are doing Jesus heals the blind man.  Hoping for a fun night with the kids!  Here is the lesson (also includes the printable faces that you will need):

Jesus heals the blind man

Today we are going to talk about one of Jesus’ many miracles.  Healing a blind man.  Can you imagine what it would be like if you were born blind from birth?  Imagine never being able to see your parents, your favorite toy, or the sun.

A long time ago there was a man named Bartimaeus.  He was born blind.  Everyday was the same for him.  He would wake up in darkness, sit by the roadside begging for money in darkness, and then fall asleep in darkness.

Object lesson
Materials   bag/box
                 Numerous items

Let’s practice being blind.  In this bag there are some items I have put in.  Each one of you will take a turn and by using only your hands, must figure out what the item is. 

After doing this discuss how hard some of the items were to figure out and how difficult it must be for someone who is blind to do things that we take for granted.

Read John 9:1-12

What a marvelous miracle that Jesus performed.  Bartimaeus became a new man, he was renewed by Jesus.  He was now able to see!

Did you know that each one of us here was born blind?

Can anyone tell me what we were blind to?

We were blind to God.  Someone had to tell us about God and show us His love for us.  Once someone did this, we could see God. 

Name a way you seen or felt God today?

Materials   1 sheet of faces per child
                    Dirt and water to make mud
                    Piece of fabric big enough to cover eyes

Allow children to draw eyes, nose and a mouth on their faces.  On the first one cover the eyes with a piece of fabric.  On the second one, mix up some mud and have the children put mud on the eyes.  On the third one leave as is.

2 options:
Bandage tag
Pick one child to be it.  They must tag someone on the arm or leg.  That new person is it, but must tag someone else while holding on to the spot they were tagged.

Pin the tail on the donkey

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