Miracles

Activities/ideas the girls (and siblings) can do at home relating to the Bedtime Bible Stories with The Skit Guys on . . . .


Miracles of Jesus covered below are:

    • Jesus heals a boy (S2)
    • Calming the storm
    • Healing the Leper
    • Healing the Lame Man
    • Raising Lazarus
    • Feeding the 5,000
    • Jesus Walks on Water


 

Jesus Heal a Boy

Anything is Possible episode, Tommy and Eddie bring Philip and Bartholemew to tell the story of Jesus healing a boy, reminding us that anything is possible with God.

Word: Possible

Scriptures (NRSV): Mark 9:14-19

Memory Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NRSV)



Jesus Calms the Storm

Tommy and Eddie tell about the time Jesus calmed a storm and showed the disciples that they can trust and put their faith in Him and He can calm their fears.

Word – Faith

Scripture: Mark 4:35-41 (New Living Translation)

Animated Video Short

Here’s a 2 minute animated video by Saddleback Kids that retells the story.

Lego Activity:

This is a great story to create using Lego.

Create your scene(s), then take a photo and email it to Luanne, if you like, and she’ll post your photo below.

Not wanting to feel left out, see my creation below, says Luanne. Oh, and did you notice everyone’s wearing a life-jacket, safety first!

Tip: How to add speech bubbles

For anyone interested… I added the speech bubbles using “Paint”, a free program installed with Windows 10. The modern version of Paint includes built-in callouts for speech and thought bubbles. Just open your favourite image, in paint, and drag a call-out on top of it, you may need to change the fill colour (I used white). Then use rotate to adjust the tail of the speech bubble to up down, right, left (so it appears to be coming from a character/person’s mouth). Next click “A” to add a text box and overlay it over the speech bubble to add text, adjust font size and spacing so your text fits inside the callout.

Science Experiment: Paper Clip Float

      1. Drop a paper clip in a cup of water. What happens?
      2. Tear off a piece of paper towel that is slightly larger than the paper clip.
      3. Place the piece of paper towel on top of the water.
      4. Gently place another paper clip on the piece of paper towel. Wait a few seconds. Now what happens?

Explanation: If you drop a paper clip in water, the paper clip sinks. But if you put the paper clip on a piece of paper towel after about 30-45 seconds the paper towel sinks and the paper clip floats. This is because water particles are attracted to each other in all directions, making them “stick” together. However, because there are no water particles above them, the water particles at the surface “stick” only to particles next to and below them. This makes the surface act as if it had a thin “skin”. This is called surface tension. The paper towel helps you to lower the paper clip onto the surface gently without breaking the surface tension.

Comparing:
Do you ever feel like the first paper clip – “sunk” when there’s trouble or a problem?
If you’re the second paper clip and the paper towel is Jesus, how does Jesus keep you “afloat”?

Resource: Excerpt from Jesus Calms the Storm – Science/Demonstration Workshop written by Jan Hanson of First Presbyterian Church posted at rotation.org.

Crossword

Print off the “Peace! Be Still” crossword from Sermon4Kids for Jesus Calms the Storm and grab a pencil!

https://sermons4kids.com/peace_be_still_crossword.htm

Music Video

Ryan Stevenson’s “In the Eye of the Storm” (featuring GabeReal) song and lyric video speaks to the disciples’ experience on those stormy seas. A great contemporary Christian song.

Lyric version below:

Here’s Ryan’s acoustic version:



Jesus Heals the Leper

Watch as Tommy and Eddie share the story of the miracle of Jesus healing a man with leprosy. This Bedtime Bible Story from Matthew 8:1-4 reminds us that God is the ultimate Healer.

Word – Willing

Scripture: Matthew 8:1-4 (New Living Translation)

Psalm 46:1God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

An Introduction to Leprosy

What’s it like to have leprosy? Try these “leprosy” challenges for children suggested by Leprosy.org in their lesson materials. As you do these things, explain what leprosy is (found in the materials.)

1. Make your hand into a stiff claw and try to pick up a pencil.

2. In your bare feet, scrunch up your toes and try to walk on them. Then try to walk on just your heels.

3. Ball up your hands into fists and try to walk on one foot while leaning on a crutch.

You may wish to view the following video about a boy named Manjeet with leprosy.

How You Can Help Someone with Leprosy

Make a Pete the pig as suggested in the above materials on leprosy. A pig made from an empty soda bottle in which you collect/save money to help someone with leprosy receive treatment.

Put some loose change in Pete, your pig, then sit Pete on a shelf to remind you to feed him some more when life eventually returns to normal (after the coronavirus), you’ll take a cue from Jesus, and willingly help someone with leprosy, be able to return to school and have a normal life, just like you did.

How to Make Pete the Pig

These directions come from the rotation.org Writing Team’s Lesson, Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers: Leprosy Mission Art Workshop. Adapt with what materials you have at home.


We did some research into making “soda bottle piggies” and came up with the following instructions based on the needs of a typical Sunday School class. Adapt for your age and time needs. (Leprosy.org does not have instructions for Pete the Pig.)

Below, we’ve ordered the construction steps to minimize the likelihood of bumping something already attached to the bottle. See our time-saving and younger student tips below as well.

Items Needed:

      1. Soda bottles (labels removed)
      2. Various colors of fabric (to wrap the pig)
      3. Rubber bands (to temporarily secure the fabric to the pig while the glue is drying)
      4. Pipe cleaners (for the tail)
      5. Dowel rod (to fit into the bottle
      6. Googly eyes (to glue on)
      7. Pom-poms or tiny spools (for the piggy feet)
      8. Permanent markers
      9. A utility knife (for use only by the teacher – see * below for details)
      10. Glue: Use an all-purpose “Gorilla glue” or hot glue gun that will stick to the bottle plastic. Do not use craft glue.
      11. A collection of coins so you can make the first donation to everyone’s bank.

*Cut the coin slot and ear slits in advance. Prior to class, have an adult carefully cut a 1.5″ coin slot near the bottom of the bottle, and two small slits to attach the ears. Do not cut the coin slot in the middle of the bottle (where piggy banks traditionally have their slot) –as you will be covering the middle of the bottle with a decorative piece of fabric.

Wrapping the soda bottle. Most likely you will be using typical recycled 12 or 16 ounce soda bottles with their labels peeled off. Because some label residue will be left, we suggest wrapping your bottle with a swatch of fabric. Use dabs of glue to fasten the fabric to the bottle, then temporarily secure the fabric to the bottle with two rubber bands as shown in the photo.

*Attaching the ears. Rather than just gluing the ears to the bottle, we suggest that, in advance, you cut two slits in the plastic to receive the ears, then let the students add a dab of glue for permanency once they have pressed their ear fabric into the slit. Use fabric or foam sheets to make the ears.

Drawing the nose and scripture. Use a marker to mark the nostrils on the cap, and write “Luke 17:11-19” elsewhere on the bottle.

*Adding the tail. Teacher to carefully poke a small hole in the rear-end of the bottle (placement per student’s instructions). Students use this hole to receive the pipe-cleaner curly tail. Put long dowel or pencil down through the bottle’s main opening so you can press a bend in the end of the pipe-cleaner that’s inside the bottle. Add a dab of glue to fully secure it.

Gluing on the eyes. Apply a dab of glue for each eye and press a “googly eye” into the glue.

The legs. Glue four legs to the bottle, then set the bottle aside while the glue hardens. Soda bottles are made out of PET plastic, and thus, many glues won’t adhere to it. Your best bet is either hot glue or clear “Gorilla” glue. Do not use school glue. The legs can be made out of a variety of materials available by the bag from your local craft store: craft spools, pom poms. etc. Soft legs, like pom poms, are less likely to be knocked off the bottle.



Jesus Heals a Lame Man

Tonight Tommy and Eddie share the story from John 5 about the time Jesus healed a man by a pool. This Bedtime Bible Story will get you thinking about excuses we make in our own lives.

Word – Excuses

Scripture: John 5:1-9 (New Living Translation)

Psalm 46:1God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

Animated Video Short

Here’s a short animated video from Crossroads Kid’s Club that retells the story of the Man at the Pool of Bethesda.

God’s Story: Pools of Bethesda from Crossroads Kids’ Club on Vimeo.

Music / Dance Video

Here’s a lovely video to the song “Who am I” by Casting Crowns, creative dance by Mackay SDA Youth.

See if you can figure out what words and actions made me (Luanne) connect this story to the Jesus healing the lame man at the Pool of Bethesda? I wonder if we see the same things? Wouldn’t it be fun to do this dance to this song! Enjoy!



Lazarus

Tommy and Eddie imagine what it might have been like to be the people mourning for Lazarus, and what happened when Jesus called him to come forth. As you watch this story, you’ll learn more about the significance of the word, “name.”

Word – Name

Scriptures: John 11

John 12:13b Hosanana! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Animated Video Clips

Here are two clips from Superbook’s “Lazarus” that tells this story.

Music Video

He Knows My Name is one of the VBS songs from Maker Fun Factory by Group Publishing. This version has lyrics and motions to dance along to.

Lego Activity

This is another great story to create using Lego.

Create your scene(s), then take a photo and email it to Luanne, if you like, and she’ll post your photo below.

See Luanne’s tomb and stone made from Lego below. The stone can even be rolled in front of the tomb! I actually made this back in 2018 to create photos for a Writing Team Lesson on Lazarus using Lego for rotation.org.

Explorers we used this tomb when we did the Easter Story scenes with Lego last year, do you remember?

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Feeding the 5000

In tonight’s story, Tommy and Eddie share the miracle Jesus performed when He fed more than 5,000 people with just three loaves and two fish (which, in this story, come from a precocious boy named Billy).

Word: Miracle

Scriptures (NIV): John 6:1-15

Memory Verse:I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Animated Video Short

Jesus Feeds the 5,000 by Saddleback Kids.

Music Video

John 6:69 official lyric video by JumpStart3 ministries. It repeats John 6:69—a statement of belief found in the same chapter of John as the Feeding of the 5000.



Jesus Walks on Water

Tommy and Eddie share the story of Jesus walking on water and Peter’s bold step of faith in a way that only The Skit Guys can do.

Word: Bold

Scriptures (NIV): Matthew 14: 22-33

Memory Verse:But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Matthew 14:27

Animated Video Short

Peter Walks on Water by Saddleback Kids.