Ordinary Sunday, February 4th

Godly Play I: 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 13:3

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!

Godly Play II: Work Day

Memory Verse: Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

Summary: Today is a lesson completely devoted to encountering God through the story sets and art supplies. The storyteller will open the story circle by helping the children reflect upon and wonder over the stories they’ve heard in Godly Play. Children will then be given the opportunity to choose either a story set or art materials to work with. Since children integrate their experience and knowledge with hands-on play, this will be a time for them to connect with God and His Word. Sometimes children need to come back to the same story on multiple occasions to “get it”…not unlike us adults! This time gives them a set-apart time to do so. See more HERE about work in Godly Play.

I Wonder…: which story you think of more than others? which one you like most? which one you like least? which story has something to do with Jesus? which story has something to do with you?

Additional Followup: Go ahead and ask what story your child picked to work with! Maybe you could read that story from the bible or even create your own version of it to play with at home.

Godly Play III: Jesus Heals the Paralytic

Memory Verse: So that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins–he said to the paralytic–‘I say to you, rise up, pick up your bed, and go home.’- Mark 2:10-11

Summary: Today’s miracle story tells about Jesus healing a Paralytic man. It can be found in Mark 2, Matthew 9 and Luke 5. There is so much to glean from this story about Jesus’ power and authority, sin, faith, loyal friendship, etc. It gives us so much to wonder about! I think kids will really enjoying working with this set as the story sinks in…the roof lifts off of the house!

I Wonder…:  what this paralyzed man was like? what his life was like? who took care of him? how his friends decided to carry him to Jesus? what Jesus means when he says he has authority to forgive sins? why he forgave his sins and made him walk again? how this is about the way of God’s kingdom? how this story is about you?

At Home: Research what homes were like during the ministry of Jesus. This can give you a starting place. Make a replica out of a shoe box to use for telling and retelling of this story at home. Talk about the life of someone who has special physical needs. What would like be like for them? Why would Jesus healing both physical and spiritual disease be important?

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