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Jesus Blesses the Little Children

In Sunday school, we have been learning about how Jesus felt about children. We can read about this in the Bible in Mark 10:13-16:

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them: for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

NSRV Mark 10:13-16

Here is the story told by a child in the time of Jesus:

There was a lot of excitement in my house this morning! My parents woke us up early and told us to get ready quickly. I didn’t know where we were going, but it sounded exciting. An important man named Jesus was near our town and we were going to see him. We walked and walked and walked. My legs were getting very tired! Finally we saw a crowd of people on a hillside. We had arrived!

All of the children were off to one side playing. We were told to go and play quietly with them. My parents went over to listen to Jesus. It was hard to see what was happening because some of the adults were standing and we could not see past them. There were a lot of children playing with us, and sometimes we got too loud. One of Jesus’ disciples came over and told us to be quiet. It was hard to play quietly for such a long time! We were doing our best to be quiet. The disciples suggested that maybe it was time for our parents to take us home.

Then we hear Jesus say “Don’t send the children away. Bring them up here. I want to see them. Everyone, especially children, belong to God’s family. Children are the smallest members of God’s family yet they are filled with God’s job and love. We all can learn about living in God’s way from them.”

We ran to Jesus. He put his hand gently on each of our heads and told us, “You are an important part of God’s family, and I love you.” We felt very important and loved.

Soon it was time for everyone to go home. I will always remember this special day and the words that Jesus said.

From: Whole People of God October 3, 2021 lesson. Copyright Woodlake Publishing

Activity

Make your own diorama of the story!

  1. Print out the Jesus worksheet below.
  2. https://www.staugustinesparkland.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Jesus-Arms.pdf
  3. Colour Jesus and his arms.
  4. You can cut out the figure of Jesus or just cut out his arms and leave Jesus on the paper.
  5. Make slits in Jesus’ shoulders and slide the arms through.
  6. You can stand Jesus up by gluing him to a toilet paper roll.
  7. It now looks like Jesus is welcoming the children with wide open arms!
  8. You can make a crowd of children with playdough or by drawing children or by cutting and pasting pictures of children from magazines.

Make your own Playdough

500mL / 2 cups flour
250mL /1 cup salt
250mL / 1 cup water
Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl.
Continue mixing and slowly add the water. Mix until the dry ingredients are uniformly moistened.
Remove the mixture from the bowl and knead for several minutes.
Notes:
If adding food colouring, add it to the water.
If using over and over again, add a little cooking oil to keep it from
drying out and store it in an airtight container.
For permanency, bake articles in a moderate oven at 165°C/325°F for
30-40 minutes or until golden brown

Action Poem

Jesus is Coming
Jesus is coming. Let’s go and see! (clap hands)
So we walk, and we run, as fast as can be. (walk and
run on the spot)

Too many people, we can’t see. (shade eyes and look
around)

“Go away,” some said. “Jesus is busy!” (push hands
away from body)

Then we heard kind Jesus say, (put hand to ear)
I love the children – let them stay!
Let them come and talk to me. (hold arms out invitingly)
So we ran, and we jumped right on his knee! (pat
knees)

From: Whole People of God October 3, 2021 lesson. Copyright Woodlake Publishing

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