Jesus and the Children
Note: I have taken some ideas from a lesson discussion we had here at rotation.org and fleshed them out into these lesson notes.
- Art Workshops:
K - Grade 2 -- Children create blessing plaques using traditional blessings.
Grades 3 - 5 -- Children create their own blessings from “word soup” words taken from traditional blessings. Blessings for both these workshops.
- Game Workshop:
Children go through the “Don’t let anything get in your way” obstacle course and receive adoption certificates, and then join their shepherd to guess who the “Children of the Church” photos are.
- Computer Lab:
K-2--Play and Learn Bible CD-ROM; 3-5--Life of Christ CD-ROM - Both these software programs have the "Jesus blesses the children" story on them.
- Bible Background
- Parent Newsletter
Life Guiding Verse:
1 John 3:1, New Century Version “The Father has loved us so much that we are called children of God”
What we are learning in this rotation:
- Jesus included everyone, even children.
- Nothing should get in our way of following Jesus.
- A blessing is like a prayer for the good of a person.
Bible study notes:
Ancients believed that blessings had power, and that a blessing said by a prophet or man of God (as they thought Jesus to be) had even greater power (OT idea of blessings and cursings). A person who received such a blessing was thought to be favored by God.
The Greek word here means literally “to put on a good word.”
Children were considered property, an investment in the future of the family, and had no social or legal rights. They were kept out of the way until they could be of use in work. Boys were considered more valuable than girls. Boys gained legal rights when they came of age. Girls did not.
The disciples probably thought they were protecting Jesus from “frivolous” demands on his time.
Do not get in their way/do not try to stop them—Jesus also said that anyone who was a stumbling block to a child was in big trouble. (mark 9:42)
People who are like these little children—who come to Jesus in innocence, vulnerability, as one who has no rights, and is completely dependent.
accept it the way a child does—at face value, trusting in the truth of the gospel.
Children know they need help.
Children know they do not know everything yet.
Children are mostly very trusting.
A lesson set from First Presbyterian Church
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