Jesus Without Language

Kid's Ministry & Sunday School Resources

Healing at the Pool (John 5) | Talk

Healing at the Pool (John 5) | Talk 
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Today’s hero is the invalid by the pool because he shows us the gift of wanting.

Essential Teachers notes:
Bethesda’s healing pool had five colonnades, four to surround it and one through the centre. It’s safe to assume the man having been there so long would have held a social position as well as a ‘better’ spot for observing the crowds that passed through. While the healing can be overshadowed by the breaking of Sabbath rules and the leaders to persecution I’d deliberately not gone in that direction. Equally I’ve shied away from Jesus’ inference that his illness was caused by his sin. Rather than dwell on the surrounding elements this story focuses on the healing itself and the desire or ‘want’ the un-named hero has for being well.

Main Passage : John 5:1-14

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King Saul | Talk

King Saul | Talk 
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Today’s hero is Saul because he shows us the gift of TEARING.

Essential Teachers notes:
Saul is a strange character, he’s impressive visually, he’s chosen by a prophet and given the honour of being the first Israelite king, but despite the new status of the kingdom and his success in battle he is both impatient and wilful. Eventually his logic is his downfall as the prophet Samuel tires of his inability to follow instructions. Though the ramifications of his decisions may not be seen immediately his actions echo down though other biblical stories such as Esther.

Main Passage : 1 Samuel 12-14

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The (invisible) Innkeeper | Talk

The (invisible) Innkeeper | Talk 
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Today’s hero is the invisible innkeeper because he shows us the gift of a blunder.

Essential Teachers notes:
This story may surprise your children, it may make them question and claim to ‘know better’ but delving into the historical and cultural time of Jesus is a great gift to our understanding of his birth. Jesus’ birth story has been very sanitised and westernised, a stable allows us to dismiss the idea of cattle sharing our homes, a practice still common a couple of centuries ago in northern Europe. An innkeeper is a construct from the idea of guest room, yet any descendant of David would have been able to find shelter in Bethlehem, and it would have been an insult to either turn family way or choose an inn over their hospitality. Jesus was born into a home not his own, but into a culture that would have cherished it’s ancestry and that same family would have been witnesses to his first few hours.

Main Passage : Matthew 1, Luke 2
Additional passages : Matthew 5:15

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Tabitha / Dorcas (Acts 9) | Talk

Tabitha / Dorcas (Acts 9) | Talk 
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Today’s hero is Tabitha / Dorcas because she shows us the gift of Influence.

Essential Teachers notes:
Tabitha is a dangerous lesson, it’s a dangerous lesson not only because it suggests the awesome amount of power God bestows upon his followers, the influence a simple working woman who held a non-ministry position can have, or the way a single event can transform a community… but it suggests that we too can do the miraculous. Death is a dark subject to talk to youngsters about, it’s the end of a chapter and it’s a painful reminder to us all of loss. Suggesting that resurrection is something within our grasp could lead to some awkward discussions about why God allows the things we love to die. While this may be painful it can also be a powerful tool for teaching youngsters that God is able to step into even the most hopeless situation.

Main Passage : Acts 9
Additional passages : general gospel

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Jonathan (1 Samuel 20) | Talk

Jonathan (1 Samuel 20)  | Talk 
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Today’s hero is Jonathan because he shows us the gift of Codes

Essential Teachers notes:
Kids love puzzles, they love secrets, and they love tricking people… the stories of Jonathan and his sister Michael tricking their father to safeguard David will resonate with a child’s sense of both mischief and justice. As this story doesn’t involve many people it’s written so that it can be acted out. While this story doesn’t directly refer to Michal and her idol switching trick do feel free to add it in if it helps. Please note : Jonathan is a character of much controversy and this lesson has been careful to avoid that.

Main Passage : 1 Samuel 20
Additional passages : 1 Samuel 18 & 19

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Servant David (1 Samuel 16) | Talk

Servant David (1 Samuel 16) | Talk 
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Today’s hero is the Servant David because he shows us the gift of Talents

Essential Teachers notes:
The young David is a great example to children at excellence, whatever he does he seems to do well and to the glory of God. At this point of the story very little is required of him, and yet what he gives is not merely service and music but a soothing presence.

Main Passage : 1 Samuel 16
Additional passages : 1 Samuel 17, 1 Corinthians 10

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Tough Questions (Matthew 22) | Talk

Tough Questions 
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Today’s heroes are the Pharisee and Sadducee because they show us the gift of Questions

Essential Teachers notes:
Children are far too familiar with questions, they can be good or bad, they can hold promises or expectations or traps. It’s both encouraging and reassuring therefore to teach this lesson about Jesus being faced with tough questions and to look into his answers. Be sure to follow up with some open questions that may have a right answer and a wrong answer as well as a best answer.

Main Passage : Matthew 22
Additional passages : Exodus 3.
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Feeding 5000 (John 6) | Talk

Feeding 5000 
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Today’s hero is the boy with a picnic because he shows us the gift of Sharing
Essential Teachers notes:
The feeding of the 5000 is probably one of the most iconic miracles Jesus became known for, it’s not surprising that after the meal he fled for fear they would try to make him king by force. 5000 people shared witness to what happened, and it happened more than once with the story of the feeding of 4000. It’s a beautiful story about the power of being willing to try, and for one boy with his picnic lunch it would probably have been life changing.

Main Passage : John 6
Additional passages : Matthew 14 Mark 6, Luke 9.
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