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Jesus, Mary and Joseph on their way to the Temple courtesy of 1st UMC Ann Arbor.
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Be like Jesus when you come to God's house!
This lesson set looks at Jesus' trip to the Temple, and his positive actions and attitude about being there as a (pun alert) "template" for our own attitude and behavior when we gather for worship and Sunday School. Yes, we want our kids to "be like Jesus" all the time. This particular lesson set, wants them to consider how they should act when they come to worship and learn like Jesus did.
Passage: Luke 2:41-52
Key/Memory Verse: "After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers." Luke 2:46-47 (NRSV)
Rotation Objectives for Jesus the Boy in the Temple
After completing this Rotation, students will be able to:
- Locate the story in the Bible and remember where to find it.
- Tell the story of Jesus going to the Temple as a young boy.
- With Jesus the Boy as their example, improve their own attitude and participation in worship and Sunday School!
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Workshops in this Lesson Set
Students will play through several versions of the game "Concentration" using Bible verse cards from the passage. By making changes to the game, the teacher will walk the students through a series of insights about the story, and ultimately, play a "listening" skit-game.
About the "games" in this lesson
A traditional game lesson has a Bible study followed by a game that might be themed on the story or be some sort of quiz. This games lesson demonstrates how the Bible study itself can be part of the game, and insights unfolded as the game is replayed under different rules. "Playing" or "gam-ing" the discussion is perhaps a better description of the style.
Computer~ 2 to choose from!
Using Life of Christ CD, students will view a presentation of Luke 2: Jesus in the Temple, and take a quiz, then reflect on "Where Do I Stand in Our Temple?" using printable photographs of a Temple model. Additional software suggestion for preschool through 1st grade.
Using Attack of the Sunday School Zombies CD, students play a fun game about the right and wrong attitudes some people bring to their church participation and then consider how they can be a role model to others.
A tasty examination of "with what –and how we are fed" by the various activities happening in places around our "Temple" church. Students will "taste and see" what attracted Jesus to want to be part of the Temple experience, understand the benefits for imitating him in their own church.
Through a series of fun "posing," quirky "StuffJesusNeverSaid" skits, and a hashtag "#Jesus-a-tude" reflection, students will examine the actions, attitudes and "vibe" they and other students sometimes act out at church, and look toward Jesus' actions and attitude in the Temple as their standard.
Students will recreate and photograph scenes from the story of Jesus as a boy in the Temple in Jerusalem. They will have the creative option to recreate five key scenes as 1st Century "Tableaux" –or do a "Photo Shoot" around the church mixing "then and now" costumes and characters. Discussion with the resulting photographs will explore the life application of the story and reinforce its memory.
"Jesus is in the House!" There are a lot of places people encounter Jesus in their lives, but for most children, the church is the first place they experience his holy presence and compelling message. This lesson turns that important realization into a concrete action and memorably "sticky" visual for both students and adults.
Rather than posting a lesson plan for this workshop, we have posted several video options and ideas.
Storyteller Script that includes Maps of the Temple - and - A "Where's Jesus?" Children's Sermon.
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