Mark 7:31-37; 8:22-26
ENVIRONMENT AID: In today’s texts, people bring a handicapped person to Jesus and he takes them each aside to heal them. What’s it like to be sick and visit the doctor’s office? To wait in a room full of people and then be ushered off to your own exam room? What’s it like to be desperate to get better? Create a doctor’s office scenario in your room.
- Arrange the chairs like a waiting room. Maybe have old magazines on the tables. Attach some simple signs to the walls. Check-in, Pay here, Exam Room, etc.
- Request each student sign in with their name and “reason for visit.”(Tell them to list their last medical or some previous ailment.) Ask them, “Do you have an appointment?”
- Give them an inexpensive mask to wear. (You can buy these in large packs at drug stores or Walmarts.)
Ask them as they enter
What was it like last time you went to the doctor…
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
- Who is in each story today? Do we know their names? Do we know how many of them there were (that brought the sick to Jesus?)
- Where are we?
- What happens? What is the conflict or problem in our story today?
- How does Jesus solve the problem?
- How are the healings similar? How are they different?
I WONDER DISCUSSION:
I wonder if it was family or friends that brought the deaf and blind to Jesus?
I wonder if they wanted to come? Were they hopeful? Had they been to healers before?
I wonder how I might have felt if I had brought someone to Jesus …
I wonder how I might have felt if I’d been brought to Jesus …
I wonder how it felt to have Jesus touch your ears or tongue or eyes …
I wonder if I’d have thanked him ..
I wonder who I would have told …
ATTRIBUTES OF GOD:
Do you have a list of God’s attributes and/or names displayed in your classroom? If not, then considering starting one this week. You may want to highlight
OMNIPOTENT. HEALER. GREAT PHYSICIAN. COMPASSIONATE. HELPER. HOPE.
If you have used the Children’s Catechism Q/As for prior memory work, then refer to these –
CAN GOD DO ALL THINGS? YES. GOD CAN DO ALL HIS HOLY WILL.
WHY SHOULD YOU GLORIFY GOD? BECAUSE HE MADE ME AND TAKES CARE OF ME.
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 TRAVELS? HE HEALS? HE SEEKS QUIET PLACES? …
CREATIVE RESPONSE: Create a choice of prayer station options. During Prayers of the People (BCP ONLINE) we “take” people to Jesus. You might make a class or individual books of people to pray for like this one “PRAY FOR” BOOK
One version in the BCP says this
I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison.”
I like a calender of names or groups of people to pray for during the rest of Lent, similar to this
Or, you might make prayer jars like this PRAYER JARS
You might also make “GET WELL” or “THINKING OF YOU” cards for the sick or lonely that you know. Maybe you might include a phrase from Psalm 103 MEMORY CHALLENGE.