Beulah Land: The Loaves and Fish
- Memory Verse: They all ate and were satisfied. Matthew 13: 20a
- Summary: Today’s story puts us back into the throes of Jesus’ ministry. It’s the story of Jesus feeding thousands with five loaves of bread and two fish. This is a story about provision, miracle, and enough…with leftovers. It is at the heart of the Good News and is found in all four Gospel accounts.
- I Wonder… : what it was like to be in the crowd who followed Jesus? why the boy offered his bread and fish to Jesus? what all those people thought when they were told there was only one basket of food? what is the best part of this story? how this story changes us?
- Follow up Ideas: This is bit of a stretch, but maybe you could talk about how Jesus has given us enough (and more than enough!). How can we give to others in gratitude for what He has given us? Maybe you can take some food to someone or to a food bank?
Godly Play I & II: Parable of the Leaven
- Memory Verse: The Kingdom of God is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough. Matthew 13:33
- Summary: This parable, also known as Parable of the Yeast, is found in Matthew 13 and Luke 13. It is very short–basically the length of a verse. Leaven is what permeates the bread dough so that it will become fluffy. Remember that in Exodus, the Hebrews were instructed to not wait for bread to rise in their flight from Egypt? They had to leave right away. They continued that feast every Passover using unleavened bread. This parable is about a dough with leaven. What might Jesus be saying about His kingdom permeating the world?
- I Wonder…: what Jesus meant when he said the kingdom is like leaven/yeast? where you have seen bread like this in Scripture before? how it is different from that bread?
- Additional Followup: Make bread!!! Don’t forget to sing the Rain for Roots song!