16 April 2023
Bible readings for today
God of mystery,
you affirm our right to question
what we find hard to know.
Grant us the maturity of faith
that knows when to question
and when to trust.
Through Jesus Christ our Liberator,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Today's story looks at Jesus appearing to his disciples, and how Thomas doubted that he was really the resurrected Jesus.
Peace be with you!
You can read today’s story in John 20:19–23, and the Jesus Storybook Bible p. 318-321
In small groups discuss
Doubting Thomas game
A game with paddles and true/false questions
Here is a game from the Easy Breezy Sunday School website, found here http://www.easybreezysundayschool.blogspot.co.nz/search/label/Thomas
See the website for instructions on how to make the paddles. Each child gets an "I Doubt It" sign, which they use to respond to a list of unusual facts about the bible/life etc. If they doubt the fact, they show the 'I doubt it' side, but if they believe the statement, they do nothing. Give the correct answer and award a point
Possible statements could include:
Resurrection Interview: Thomas
In the Scripture Union resource, All-Age Lectionary Services: Year C, they give a great example of a drama retelling you could do. In a 'Resurrection Interview', Thomas describes the impact the resurrection had on the disciples and then on himself. You can do this sketch live, or prerecord it using a digital camera or phone. It is a great way to get young people involved in your all age services, as is second nature to them!
You can adapt and change this interview to suit your congregation and needs. Let us know how you get on.
Thomas: I know, I know. Everyone keeps giving me a hard time about that — I was out getting some food! The others were too afraid of the jewish leaders and wouldn't leave the room. I had to check on a few friends so I went to get some dinner at the same time. How did I know that something like that would happen while I was away?
Interviewer: What did they tell you happened?
Thomas: They told me that Jesus appeared to them in the middle of the locked room, and showed them his hands and his feet, and his side. I couldn't believe it
Interviewer: Why didn’t you think they were telling the truth?
Thomas: I mean, I saw Jesus die. How could he come back to life again? It sounded like a cruel joke. I told them I had to see him myself to believe it.
Interviewer: What happened next?
Thomas: For a week I thought they were pulling my leg, having me on that Jesus had appeared to them. They were all so convinced though, I didn’t know what to think. A week later, Jesus appeared again in the locked room. He greeted all of us, and then he turned to me and said, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Put your hand into my side. Stop doubting and have faith!” I couldn’t believe it! It was just as they had said. He had hole marks in his hands from the cross, and a mark on his side from where the soldier stabbed him with a spear.
Interviewer: What did you say to him? Did you believe him
Thomas: Of course! It was definitely Jesus! I said “You are my Lord and God!” I was as convinced about Jesus being alive again as my friends had been.
Interviewer: Some of the other disciples have come up with a new nick-name for you — "Doubting Thomas." Do you thinks is fair, and do you think it will stick?
Thomas: Sure sure, I know I didn't believe at first, so i suppose it's fair. I don't think it'll stick though. I'll be remembered for far more exciting things yet to come!
Interviewer: Thanks for joining us Thomas, it was great to hear about this exciting story first hand
Thomas: Thanks. I'd better go — there are other people to tell!
Spinning, appearing Jesus!
What you need: A copy of the template for each child, double sided tape/glue stick, kebab skewers, felts and crayons for decorating.
What to do:
How to use:
Hold the bottom of the skewer between your hands, and have the template at the top.
‘Spin’ the picture really fast by rubbing the skewer between your two hands.
If you are doing it fast enough, the two pictures on the template will look like they are combined, and Jesus will
‘appear’ to the disciples in the locked room!
Saddleback Kids: Jesus appears to Thomas
Doubting Thomas (Mina Munns from Flame Creative)
Gospel Conversations from the Diocese of Dunedin
In the first of these the Diocesan Ministry Educator converses with Katie Marcar (Otago University Programme and All Saints’, North Dunedin), Tony Martin (St Paul’s Cathedral and Emergency Management Otago) and Richard Johnson (Dean for Rural Ministry and Interim Priest, Winton) as they turn their eyes on the Risen Jesus as he encounters St Thomas and each of us in an upper room in Jerusalem (John 20: 19-31).