JESUS FEEDS 5,000

Jesus Feeds 5,000

Mark 6:30-44; John 6:1-14

Explaining Lent, Year B

ENVIRONMENT AID: What element of this story needs highlighting this Lenten season? The astounding miracle could be that Jesus multiples one lunch to feed thousands with food to spare. Or, the miracle could be that Jesus even cares about something as mundane as feeding a crowd. Why not just stop teaching and send them home? I’ve chosen to create a kitchen scene for my class today.

  • Consider bringing bags of flour, rolling pins, mixing bowls. If you’re brave, bring a cooler of fresh fish! Can you stomach a baking mess on your table, go for it! We’ve assembled “bread in a bag” dry ingredients with instruction cards to take home with our class before – LIKE THIS RECIPE
  • Have a bread machine? Start it early in your room and smell good things!
  • Have enough aprons for every student? Have them put one on at the door.

Ask them as they enter

Have you ever packed lunch for a crowd? What’s the longest camping trip (or biggest picnic or tailgate) you’ve been to …

LOOKING AT THE WORD: Have each student open the bible to the text for the day. Read it aloud. Then ask, the journalist’s  questions

  • When does this story take place? What time of day? Do we know what’s happened before? (Look at the verses above our story.)
  • Who is in our story? Do we know their names? Do we know how many of them there were?
  • Where are we?
  • What happens? What is the conflict or problem in our story today?
  • How do Jesus’ friends try to solve the problem?
  • How does Jesus solve the problem?
  • How do they (Jesus’ friends) feel before, during, and after this situation?

I WONDER DISCUSSION:

I wonder if I had been there, would I have stayed to listen to Jesus for that long…

I wonder if I could see him, hear him easily… I wonder if my stomach was growling…

I wonder if I knew that boy with the lunch, if he was a friend, if he usually shared his stuff, or not …

I wonder what that blessing sounded like, when Jesus prayed over the lunch …

I wonder when exactly people knew that the bread and fish were multiplying … Did they chuckle, gasp, scream and holler …

I wonder how Jesus was feeling as they bagged the leftovers? Pleased, tired, proud …

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD:

Do you have a list of God’s attributes (words) displayed in your classroom? If not, then considering starting one this week. You may want to highlight

CREATOR. PROVIDER. BREAD OF LIFE. TEACHER.

If you have used the Children’s Catechism Q/As for prior memory work, then refer to this one –

WHO MADE YOU? GOD. WHAT ELSE DID GOD MAKE? ALL THINGS.

CAN GOD DO ALL THINGS? YES. GOD CAN DO ALL HIS HOLY WILL.

If you have charted how Jesus shows himself to be both MAN and GOD as you read through Mark, then add phrases or events from today’s passage.

HE HUNGERS/EATS/SERVES/PRAYS? HE CREATES/WORKS MIRACLES?

CREATIVE RESPONSE:

  • Individualized Suggestion: Offer magazines/scissors/glue, pen/paper. List, with words or pictures, every material thing in life that you need.
  • Group Suggestion: Same as above, but on larger canvas (poster board, butcher paper, etc.)

AFTER THE LISTS ARE MADE, REMIND STUDENTS THAT GOD PROVIDES OUR NEEDS. TELL THEM THAT HE DESIRES OUR REQUESTS AND THANKS FOR THOSE THINGS, THOUGH. WE SHOW OUR TRUST IN HIM WHEN WE PRAY, “Give us this day our daily bread.” END WITH THE LORD’S PRAYER. 

PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING A PHOTO OR VIDEO OF YOUR CREATIVE RESPONSES – OR EVEN YOUR DISCUSSIONS!

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