Jesus and the NICE KIDS

So a few weeks ago I had this thank you party and I received this pile of thank you cards. cardsIt was pretty obvious which cards had been made before hand and which cards had been done that morning as a Sunday School assignment. two There was also an entire group of cards that contained the exact same handwriting. I love preschoolers – and their teachers!

But it was this card that got me to thinking. nice kids

Thank you for being nice to all the nice kids.

Had I? Had I been nice to the nice kids? Had I been nice to all the nice kids? Had I only been nice to the nice kids? Was this author a nice kid? Or not? ‘Cause let’s face it, this card can be taken a multitude of ways.

Wow. I’m thinking of this card today when I’m thinking over the story of Jesus and the Children.

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them. Mark 10:13

Do you think that they were just bringing nice children?

Or, do you think that maybe some of them were bringing strong-willed children? Angry children? Sad children? Sick, snotty nosed children? Skinned knees, bleeding children?

Do you think that they were all bringing children small enough to be carried or do you think that some of them were pulling a few along? Do you think that all the children were coming joyfully? Or, do you think that just maybe some of those children – like the ones in the infamous Santa photos that you love – were being a bit uncooperative?

Heck, do you think Jesus was even seated like Santa usually is?

Our visions of these well known beloved Bible stories are often corrupted by common images.

You know the one I’m talking about here. I’m thinking of the one where clean shaven, very white Jesus is seated on a stump – the only stump sticking up from the ground in that field – and children are on his lap and by his side – all smiling, well dressed white children.

Say it wasn’t so.

No, it wasn’t so.

And I think in more ways than one. Because I think that some of the children brought to Jesus were not just browner and dirtier than typically pictured, I think that some of the children were of the not “nice kid” kind.

It does, you know, say that those bringing them were rebuked.

But there are a few things that we can be sure of when we read the account.

  • Someone thought that each one of those children would benefit from a touch from Jesus.
  • And Jesus did not disappoint.

I wonder if the blessing was immediately obvious or if it was only evident inside or over time?

I must confess to sometimes having crossed myself at the communion rail because I, too, wanted the blessing of a touched head and audible voice.

As you share this story of Jesus and the Children this week, I wonder if these things might be true for you –

  • Do you believe that a touch from Jesus blesses?
  • Are you brave enough to bring both the nice and the not nice children to him?

HE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT.

Jesus and the Children

Jesus and the Children

Mark 10:13-16

Let the children come to me. Mark 10:14

“Good morning” Question:  You are loved! Tell me – Who loves you?

 

Free Play Choices: Coloring Valentines, dolls/puppets, books (talk about “love” while playing – who loves you? how do they show it? who do you love?…introduce the Catechism Q/A’s Memory Work in conversations, just say the question and answer several times)

Word for the Day: Blessing. A blessing is a gift. God blesses us when he “takes care of us and shows us his love.” Jesus blessed the children. He may have given them a special prayer like some of you receive at communion time.

Memory Work:

Who made you?
(God)
What else did God
make?
(God made all things.)
Why did God make you
and all things?
(For his own glory)                                                                                                                                               How can you glorify God?                                                                                                                                       (By loving him and doing what he commands)                                                                                                    Why should you glorify God?                                                                                                                         (Because he made me and takes care of me)

Circle Time:

Name Song/Chant: Jesus Loves the Little Ones Like Me, Me, Me (Insert names for “me, me, me!”)

Manner Review: Your eyes here, listening ears, hands in lap.

Story: Show the Bible. Turn to Mark 10. Let them touch the page. Read the short story. Then, tell the story again in your own words. Emphasize all five senses. How big was the crowd that had been listening to Jesus teach? Was it loud? If you had been there – would you have been tired? excited? scared?

Group Activity: Have large butcher paper pieces the size of a child (already cut out.) Practice taking turns. Allow each child to be traced on the paper. Hang the “children” on the wall and say, “we are creating a crowd, our crowd of children, to see Jesus.”

Songs: Jesus Loves Me, Jesus Loves the Little Children

Quiet Time / Prayer Time:

Make this “fun/memorable.” And set the tone. Make them aware that they will do something like this every week. This is where we are trying to cement a “memorable” experience from/about the facts of the day. Consider making your own
“name” for this time.   

        Let’s sit on the floor here right around our pictures that we traced. Let’s pretend that we are waiting to see Jesus. Would you be quiet if you were waiting? How would you feel? Don’t tell me, just think about how you would feel.
Who would bring you to see Jesus?

Close your eyes. Would you thank Jesus for the person that brought you to see him? Jesus, thank you for …

Jesus wants to give you a blessing. A blessing is a gift. Today that blessing is a prayer straight from Jesus. Would you listen as Jesus uses me to tell you that he loves you? (Walk around and touch each child as you say: ______, Jesus loves you.

Closing Free Play:

Color your tracings and/or cut them out. Mirror time (Pull out a large mirror and let children have fun in front of it; use music to make even more fun!)

No, I don’t know these children – it’s just a youtube google search – but in case you don’t know the song I mentioned!