14 February 2021
Bible readings for today
you care for all who suffer,
remind us of our shared humanity,
move us with your compassion to the outcast and lost.
May we never turn away from those in need,
but share with generosity and joy the love we have received.
For you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
Today's old testament reading talks about a man's miraculous healing at the hands of Jesus.
This week marks the start of Lent!
For more ideas about how to engage your families in the lenten journey, head to the Strandz website
Jesus Heals Leprosy Mazes
Help the man with leprosy get through the city to reach Jesus and be healed. There are three different levels of difficulty: simple, average, difficult.
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The games are taken from the website Jesus Without Language, at the following link and play on the three ideas of links to Jesus, healing and touch. See here
Give the youngsters tape, paper and scissors to make paper-chains. Get the youngsters to construct a paper-chain that links everybody’s wrists together. Talk about how we all came to church because of somebody we are linked to – a family member, a friend, etc. then stand up and try to move without breaking the chain… this probably won’t last long. Say that even though we came to church because of somebody else we are each loved individually by God.
This is a messy game that can be played with water in the summer. You need at least one balloon per child, tape or small sticky plasters and a sharp pin. Before you give the balloons out make 3 or 4 pin holes in them. Give the children a balloon and say it’s broken, but they can fix it. The game starts when you shout start and ends when either all the balloons are fully inflated, or the first balloon is fully inflated.
Like hide the thimble meets a treasure hunt but with plasters. Just be careful that they can be removed from where you place them. As they are found they can be stuck to the person who finds them.
This game must be played in pairs. Each child uses one hand and must combine it with the other child’s hand to make the shape of a letter. Have the children make the letters GEHNAIL… and then ask they to rearrange the letters they have made to tell you what the story is about today – HEALING.
Shortbread Baking Activity
A tasty reminder of today's story! Make and easy shortbread with added M&Ms using the recipe below, cut into shapes with gingerman/woman cookie cutters.
Saddleback Kids: The Thankful Leper (Luke 17:11-19)
2 Kings 5:1-14 - Naaman
In today's story, we hear about Naaman and the servant girl.
There are four printable activities to go with the story: retelling part of the story, an acrostic poem, a reversible puppet, and a review game.
Download the resources from this website