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Summary of Lesson Activities:
Making "Zacchaeus Climbers."
- Read the story ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
- Do the project.
- Wooden cut outs of gingerbread boy or girl
- Permanent Markets
Opening - Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Call the children by name.
Open with a prayer.
Dig - Main Content and Reflection:
Read from Luke 19:1-10.
Say: Zacchaeus was not a very tall man.
Ask: Have you ever been to a parade, or sat in church, and you couldn’t see what was happening in front of you?
How did you feel?
Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus so he climbed a tree. How do you make yourself taller?
Able to see?
How do you feel if someone notices you trying to watch them?
What did Jesus do when He noticed Zacchaeus?
Activity: Make "Zacchaeus climbers."
Materials: Wooden cut outs of gingerbread boy or girl (available at craft store), permanent markers, cotton string, drinking straws, scissors, glue
- Children are given a wooden Zacchaeus figure. On one side they may decorate to look like Zacchaeus. On the other side they may decorate to look like themself. (Alternately, cut it out of heavy posterboard)
- After decorating with permanent markers, glue ½ inch straws onto both sides of hands. Important: straws must be glued on at a 45 degree angle. (see example)
- Set climbers aside while glue dries.
- Decorate “Jesus” block. Attach angles as needed.
- When glue dries on Climber, thread 6-8 feet of string through straws. Knot bottom of string so that it doesn’t slide through straw. Thread top of string through Jesus block. Attach Jesus block to top of a door.
- Alternately pull knots near climbers hands and watch climber head up to Jesus!
- Read story. When Jesus calls climber down, release string and watch climber slide down. Read story with Z and with children’s names.
- Why did Zacchaeus feel the need to look for Jesus?
- Why did others think Zacchaeus wasn't big enough/good enough to be with Jesus?
- What makes a person "small" or "large" in God's eyes?
Clean up and close with a prayer.
A lesson posted by Belchertown UCC
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