A few years ago at family camp Todd Wagner asked a provocative question about this story, “When Jesus fed the 5000, where did the miracle occur?” Think about that for a minute. Did the bread multiply when it got to the people? Or when the disciples were carrying it around? The answer is that the miracle occurred where Jesus was. Do you need a miracle in your life? (Remember a miracle is something wonderful only God can do.) Spend some time with Jesus this week. That is where miracles happen.
This week your child learned that Jesus is all-powerful and He has the power to give us what we need . Jesus went away in a boat with his disciples to a solitary place for rest. The crowds saw this and followed. Jesus had compassion on them and began teaching them many things. At the end of the day, the disciples asked Jesus to send the crowds away to get food. Jesus told the disciples to feed them. All they found was a boy with five barley loaves and two fish. The disciples brought the boy to Jesus, and he was willing to give Jesus all he had. Jesus blessed the food and broke it. He instructed the people to sit in groups of 50. The disciples passed out the food until everyone ate and was satisfied, around 5,000 people! There were even 12 baskets of bread left over. (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-15)
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
At snack time, grab a large unbroken graham cracker, a couple of handfuls of Goldfish and some icing. Give your child the unbroken graham cracker. Talk with him about how Jesus took a few and performed a miracle to make it into many. Have your child take the cracker and break it into sections. Using a spoon or a butter knife, let your child spread the icing on the crackers. Now give your child the Goldfish to place on top of the crackers. While your child eats his snack, ask him these questions.
What is a miracle? (something wonderful only God can do)
While at the grocery store, let your child buy a few non-perishable food items suitable for donation to a food pantry. Grab your community group and have each of their kids do the same. Come together and travel to a local food bank to donate the food just as the little boy gave his food to help others.
Use an old wire hanger to make a mobile to remind your child about the story of Jesus feeding the 5000. Draw two simple fish about the size of your hand. Let your child decorate the fish using bits of aluminum foil to create the scales. Cut out five ovals also about the size of your hand from brown construction paper to be the loaves. Punch holes in the tops of the five loaves and two fish and tie them to the hanger using yarn. From the five loaves and two fish, Jesus performed a miracle by multiplying this food into enough to feed 5000 people. So, draw several more simple fish and ovals, cut them out and attach them to the fish and loaves already on the hanger using the hole punch and yarn.
Grab a few sheets of construction paper in different colors, fold the paper in half and half again and again until you have 16 squares. In each square draw a quick, simple fish or an oval to represent the loaves and cut out each square. Find a long open area in your house, maybe down the hallway. Let your child lay out the squares in a chain down the hallway, so he can get an idea of how many loaves and fish it took to feed 5,000 people.
Dear Lord, we know You are more powerful than anything we can imagine! Thank you for knowing just what we need and for taking care of us. Help us be like the boy who gave everything he had to Jesus, even though it wasn’t much. We know that You can do amazing things with whatever we bring You!
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