I wonder if you’ve ever felt left out?Matthew 8: Jesus Heals a Leper
Jesus showed us who God is by touching the untouchable and loving those who were often feared and rejected.
Have each child and volunteer draw around their hands on the circle of card using the chalk. Encourage the children to take some time to think about how they feel this morning and what colours/images match those feelings. They can add their design to the inside of their hand outlines. Once they’ve done that ask what feelings/images/colours come to mind when they think about being part of this group. They use these to fill the remaining space between each of the hands.
Selection of First Aid Quizzes
During the session explain that in Biblical times Leprosy was a word for all kinds of skin diseases. These diseases were not like having the common cold! Some of them were contagious and eventually led to paralysis, loss of body parts, and even death. In Jesus’ culture, people who had leprosy were viewed as filth and unacceptable. Hey had to wear torn clothing and announce themselves whenever they encountered people. By law they had to be completely separate from family the community.
Game: No Touching Allowed
What if, like people with leprosy, we couldn’t touch anyone else? Our lives would be very different, and sometimes quite challenging.
Pair children, and give each pair an orange. Have the pair place the orange between their foreheads and then try to walk to the opposite end of the hall without touching each other at all. Try other variations (eg between shoulders or knees and see what happens).
Game: Frozen Bean Bag
Children will balance beanbags on their heads. At your signal, children will move around the area at their own pace. You may then signal that the children need to hop or skip. If a beanbag falls off, that child is frozen. A friend must then pick up the beanbag and replace it on the frozen person’s head without losing his or her own bean bag. Play for a specific period of time or until everyone is frozen. When the game is over ask the players how many times they helped their friends, or how many times their friends helped them. How did it feel to help someone? How did it feel to be helped?
I wonder how the leper felt knowing he had to tell people to keep away?
I wonder how the crowd felt as Jesus embraced the man?
I wonder how the leper felt when Jesus made him better?
I wonder what things the leper could do now that he couldn’t do before?
I wonder if you’ve ever felt left out?
I wonder how we can help people who feel left out?
Get Well Cookies
Before the session prepare the cookies using a basic cookie recipe. One can be found here. Use circular and oblong cutters to create the pill shapes. Have the children design the cookies using hundreds and thousands, coconut and different coloured icing.
Before the session print out the stick puppet patterns onto white card. Have the children cut them out and colour. Glue a jumbo craft stick to the back of the happy face pattern and then glue the sad face to the back of the happy face so that you have a reversible puppet.
The review can happen at the time or later – it maybe by yourself or with others.
Some useful questions to help volunteers consider and learn from the session include:
- Has each child been able to participate in their own way?
- What went well and why?
- Has each child been able to reflect, even a little, on those who are often left out and how we can help them?
- What is there for you to learn from this session?
- What might you do differently another time?
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