When the lame beggar was healed, he went into the temple, “walking and jumping, and praising God.” If you know Christ, He has forgiven you of your sins and set you free from the bondage to sin. You have great reason to walk and jump and praise Him! Do so as you complete these activities with your kids this week.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Jesus has the power to heal. Peter and John went to the temple and saw a man who had been crippled from birth. He was being carried to the temple gate where he would spend his days begging. The man saw Peter and John and asked for money. Looking at the beggar, Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have, I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ, walk.” Peter helped the man up, and he immediately began to walk. Peter and John entered the temple with the man, who was walking, leaping and praising the Lord. Others recognized him and were amazed. (Acts 3:1-10)
- Jesus loves us even when we do wrong things.
- Jesus forgives us of our sins.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever." Psalm 107:1 (NIV)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that Jesus is ALIVE:
1. Leap and Jump
Create a healed beggar who can leap and jump. Grab two sheets of construction paper of your child’s choice and a white paper plate. Cut two long strip of paper for the legs and two shorter strips for the arms. Help your child accordion fold (over, under, over, under...) the strips of paper for the legs. Glue the legs and the arms to the paper plate and let your child draw a face on the plate. The accordion fold legs are springy and jumpy so your child can help the healed beggar jump and praise God.
2. Use Your Legs
Grab some index cards and on each one write something your child can do with their legs, such as run in place, walk in a circle, march, hop, and stand on one foot. Put the index cards face down in a pile and let your child choose one card and complete the activity. After he has completed each activity, guide your child to discover that for each activity he used his legs. Read the story from the Bible about Peter and John healing the lame beggar. Tie your child’s knees and ankles together with long cloth strips or scarves and let him try to do the activities again or even just stand up or sit down. Untie the cloths and let your child walk, leap and praise God just the like the healed beggar. After you have completed the activities, talk with your child using these questions:
1. What is a miracle?
2. Who gave Peter the power to heal the beggar?
3. What did Peter say to the beggar?
4. What did the man do?
5. How can you praise God?
3. Shaker Celebration
Help your child make a shaker to help celebrate just as the beggar celebrated after he was healed. Using an empty water bottle, fill the bottle with dry rice, dry beans or beads. Screw the lid on fight and tie ribbons around the top. Let your child shake the water bottle and sing songs to praise God.
Father, I sing praises to you! Thank you for caring for your children!
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