Godly Play I: Jesus and Jarius’s Daughter
Summary: Today your children will hear two stories in one: the healing of a beloved daughter and the healing of an outcast woman. You can find this passage in Mark 5:21-43.
I Wonder… : how Jarius felt when Jesus stopped to talk to the sick woman? how Jesus knew when he said he felt “power go out” of him? how it feels to be healed by Jesus? what you think is the best thing about this story?
For Parents: This passage is an example of a Markan Sandwich (basically a story within a story that helps us understand the passage’s main emphasis). When you come across this literary device, look for similarities and differences, then ask what that might have to do with the passage’s significance. Here are two questions to get you started for this passage: How old is the daughter? How long has the woman been sick?
Something to note is that in this series of stories, the enemy of God (Satan) is a figure. He is in the corner of the board “watching and waiting” for a time to “get” Jesus. He looks like a red dragon/ human hybrid. The kids often want to talk about him and why he hates Jesus. Storytellers always reassure children that in the end, Jesus is the one who locks the enemy away and that Jesus is never afraid of the enemy.
Memory Verse: The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. Psalm 16:5
*We are learning all of Psalm 16 over the next 10 weeks. We’ll add in one verse a week to cover them all!
Godly Play II and III: New City Catechism
What does the law of God require? That we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves.
And [Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
What is the Law of God stated in the Ten Commandments? You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.
You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3
Mealtime Conversation Questions
1. I wonder what are other gods?
2. I wonder how we love the Lord with our whole hearts, souls, minds and strength?
3. I wonder why God says to love our neighbors? I wonder who are our neighbors?
4. Review the 10 Commandments using Will’s hand signals this week! Can you remember them all?