This term we’re exploring the miracles of Jesus. Before we start you need to pack your explorer back back with:
A phone or tablet to watch videos
A toilet roll (provided you can spare one!)
You may also want to find a washing up bowl for later - but that won’t fit in your bag!
When you’ve found everything you could do a lap of your home or garden before you start.
Today we’re looking at a story where Jesus healed a man who had leprosy. Older kids can watch this video from Leprosy Mission which explains more about leprosy and how Christians are still helping people with the disease today. For younger children you might just want to talk about the following facts about leprosy.
Leprosy is a contagious disease that affects the skin - often people with leprosy would have to cover up or be ashamed of their bodies.
Leprosy is a germ.
It is a very old problem. People had leprosy in ancient China.
Leprosy stops us from ever being able to feel things – like hot, cold, soft, hard.
Because people with leprosy can’t feel things they often damage their hands, feet and faces.
Leprosy can be cured!
Leprosy in your feet can stop people being able to walk properly.
Using the toilet roll can you bandage up someone’s hands and feet? How quickly can you do it? Could you have a competition to see who can bandage someone the fastest? (You could bandage up a doll instead of a person if you prefer)
Check out our Family resources page or follow these links to our explorer worship songs.
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
NOTHING’S TOO BIG
Read from Mark 1:40 – 45
Craft/Activities - Choose one or two things to do together to explore the story
Feet emotions. Ask the children to start by washing their feet. Make sure they’re clean and dry. Encourage them to do this themselves. Then create a set of emotions together - drawing on each other’s feet with pens. Like this. On one foot you could draw the man before he was healed, and on the other what you think he felt after he was healed. Can your feet tell the story (we’d love to see some videos of this on our treehouse parents facebook page!)
Feet/Hand outlines. Using felt markers, and blank paper, draw an outline around one another’s feet and/or hands. Write in the feet/hand outlines words to describe what the man felt before he met Jesus, and how he felt afterwards. You could colour and decorate them.
Lego - can you retell the story with lego? Or can you build a hospital?
Questions to discuss
How do you think the man felt about having leprosy? What was his life like before he met Jesus?
Why do you think Jesus asked him to not tell anyone?
What is incredible about this story?
When the man told others about his healing, how did that affect Jesus?
Why not share what you've been up to on the Treehouse Parents Facebook Group?