Monday, May 17, 2010

Family Night: The Miracles of Jesus

This is actually a family home evening that we did during Easter week but I never got around to posting it.  I wanted to help the kids really visualize some of the miracles that Jesus performed during his time on earth.  So, I picked four miracles that I could represent to them in some way with items we had in the house.  This turned out to be a really fun family night and everyone was completely attentive (which is a miracle in and of itself)  At the end of the lesson we talked about how Jesus helped people do things that seemed impossible and how He is able to help us with the difficult things in our lives too. It may seem like this is going to be complicated, but it's not at me.
So, here it is:

Objective: To help children learn about the miracles that Jesus performed and how he can help us to do things that may seem impossible.
Preparation: Gather the following supplies for the four miracles:
Storage bin or kiddie pool to fill with water, blindfolds, a quarter, paper and scissors to cut out fish, mason jars, pitcher of water, strips of paper to wrap around jars, and powdered drink mix (like Crystal Light)
Scripture: John 2:23...many believed in His name when they saw the miracles which he did

Introduction: When Jesus lived on the Earth he went about doing good and performing miracles.  Sometimes it's hard to imagine what it would have been like to be there and see what he is really like.  Tonight we are going to read about some of His Miracles and do some activities that will help us imagine what it would have been like to be there and be blessed by Him in such great ways.  As we are doing the activities we want you to tell us how you think those people felt.

Each miracle has an activity that accompanies it. 
HEALING THE BLIND: (Luke 18:35-43)
kids wear blindfolds and imagine what it would be like to be blind while they listen to the story

WALKING ON WATER: (Matthew 14:22-33)
Kids are asked to walk on top of the water in the wading pool (or tub, or storage bin).  Ask them to keep trying until they finally conclude it is impossible.  Then tell the story of Peter walking on water.

COIN IN FISHES MOUTH: (Matthew 17:23-27)
 Kids pretend to be fishing and with each catch they get a regular paper fish,  Then tell the story about how Jesus promised they his disciple would find the money he needed in the fish in the sea. Have the kids pretend to fish again and this time they will catch the fish that you have prepared with the coin in its mouth.

WATER INTO WINE: (John 2:1-11)
Tell the story of Jesus turning water into wine.  When it comes to the appropriate time in the story pour the water from your pitcher into the mason jars that you have prepared (they should have powdered drink mix in the bottom and paper around the jars so that you cannot see that they have anything in them) when you pour in the water the jars will fill with a colored drink. (They will be totally amazed by this)

After each activity ask the following questions:
"How do you think those people felt when that happened?"
"Why did Jesus do that for them?"
"How could this story help us understand what Jesus could do for us?"

Bear testimony of the love that the Savior has for us.  Let your family know that Jesus can help us to overcome trials and to have great things happen in our lives if we will have faith and trust in Him.

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