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 has the power to heal.
- A miracle is something wonderful that only God can do.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”
Psalm 107:1 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us a miracle is something wonderful only God can do:
1. Praise Journal
Create a praise journal. Start by discussing the word praise and writing it on the cover of a blank journal. You can buy a journal or make one by stapling a few blank pages together like a book. Allow your child to decorate the cover of the journal. Tell your child that you want to start each morning/at dinner/before bed writing down a praise to God in the special journal. We praise God to help us remember and tell others how great God is. Share an example of praise and then allow your child to share their praise, you can write it down for them and/or make a picture (if possible) to go with the praise. Example: I praise you, God for the sunshine. (draw a sun).
2. Clap and Stomp
Tell your child that we can praise God with our hands, feet and our mouths. Blow bubbles and have your child clap and stomp the bubbles. Each time he claps or stomps a bubble, have your child name something he praises God for. As y’all clap and stomp, talk with your child about why we praise God and the story of Peter and the beggar using these questions.
- What is a miracle? (something wonderful only God can do)
- Who gave Peter the power to heal the beggar? (Jesus)
- What did Peter say to the beggar?
- What did the man do?
- How can you praise God?
3. Tube Man
Grab your supplies – a clean toilet paper tube, a sheet of construction paper, glue and some crayons. Help your child draw a face on the tube and color it like it is wearing a shirt. Cut two strips of paper the same length for the arms and have him glue them to the tube. Cut two longer strips the same length for the legs. Before gluing these, have your child fold the strips back and forth, accordion style and then glue them to the end of the tube for legs. Retell the story using the tube man as the beggar. When the beggar is lame, fold the legs together so they are short. When Peter heals the beggar, let the accordion style legs go, so the tube guy is able walk.
Father, I sing praises to you! Thank you for caring for your children!
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