This week we’re going to be learning about Jesus casting out an ‘unclean’ spirit.
First things first though let's pack your bags for the adventure into the story and some things needed for the crafts later.
This week you’ll need :
A blank card
Once your explorers have got their bags packed, have a walk around the house to search out the messy bits (What?? You don’t have messy bits?? Your explorers will find them I’m sure) and report back on what they found.
Our story today takes us to the book of Mark, chapter 1, verses 23-28.
Has your room ever been a mess, how hard was it to clean up? We have messes too and sometimes they can take a lot of effort to clean up. Jesus could see in our story today that sometimes we can have a lot of mess, the man in the story had a spirit living inside him that was making a mess inside him and Jesus saw this.
Just like we can have messes in our homes and around us, we can also have messes inside us.
Jesus thankfully has authority over all things. Our messes sometimes make us think we can’t come close to God, or that we need to clean up our messes by ourselves before we can come to God but Jesus is there to help us, guide us and give us strength to deal with the mess, and also to put in a good word with God.
Check out our Family resources page or follow these links to our explorer worship songs.
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
NOTHING’S TOO BIG
Can you use a load of the stuff around you to make a big mess? Then time yourself cleaning it up.
Why not put a timer on and see if you can you clean up all the mess in less than a minute!!
Can you do messy painting? Why not check out this messy play blog for some brilliant messy play ideas. God’s not afraid of our mess, maybe we shouldn’t be too.
How about slime, why not make messy mucky slime.
LEGO MASTER BUILDERS
For those lego master builders out there, why not make a scene of a wonderfully messy bedroom, maybe even try and remake your messy bedroom.
QUESTIONS TO ASK WHILE YOU CREATE
What do you think God wants us to do to come to him?
Jesus says that he is the way, the truth and the life. All we have to do is follow him to come to God.
How did Jesus react to the man spilling all his mess on to the synagogue floor?
Jesus saw the mans heart and helped clean it up, bringing out the ‘unclean spirit’ and cleaning the man's insides.
How do you think Jesus would react to us if we did the same?
With care and compassion, knowing our hearts and helping clean them.
Is there anybody you know who you’d like to help (when we’re allowed out again) to support them and help them clean up their messes?
A friend, a family member, someone from school?
Do you think we can help others while we’re messy?
We certainly can, God can use any one of us. There are a ton of stories in the bible that tell us of people who were a mess and God used them to do great things for his people and those around them.
SLOW IT DOWN
Now that we’ve seen all the mess that we can make, and all the great stuff God can do with us to help us get through the mess. Why not say thank you.
Earlier your explorers put a card in their back pack, get them to find it and let’s write a thank you card to God for all the awesome things he does.
OUR PRAYER FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES
That God watches you, protects you and you feel His love no matter what mess you are in. You are never too far from God for Him to do something and help you and I pray that you can know that truth deep down inside so when things get messy you know He’s there.
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