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The thankful leper (Luke 17) | Character Images


The thankful leper

Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to ‘The thankful leper’
Each hero set contains a high quality graphic of the character, a take home bible card and a colouring page.

The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(These images are not copyright free, they are for personal/classroom use only.)




Bonus Thank You card: it comes without the writing

The thankful leper (Luke 17) | Games


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The story of the thankful leper lends itself well to group activities. These games play with ideas in the passage found in Luke 17.


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How Many “Thank You”s? – Print the game by clicking on the image and downloading the file. Start with 10 people/counters and use a dice to move your crowd from Jesus to the priest and back again. Lose one or more every time you land on a space with writing! How many of your crowd of 10 can make it back to Jesus to say thank you? If you lose all your people you are out of the game!
Link: Only one made it back to say thank you.

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Group Balance – Write some large numbers on a set of cards and shuffle them. Gather the children together and explain that the first number is the number of people in a group and the second number is the number of hands or feet to be touching the floor. The group then gathers and works out how to balance with the number given. Smaller groups can just use the second number.
Link: Leprosy affects the feeling in your limbs; so lepers may need to work together to do tasks.

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Musical Chairs – Set out one less chair than there are players. Dance around the chairs until the music stops and then race to sit down. Anyone without a chair is out of the game. Have the last player, the winner, thank the other players for taking part.
Link: many were healed but only one thanked.
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The thankful leper (Luke 17) | Story

The thankful leper (Luke 17) | Story
If you want the teachers page then please click on the image for the pdf.

Essential Teachers notes:
This passage holds a very straightforward message of thankfulness. Jesus did not heal for the praise but showing gratitude is a skill we should all aim to model and foster in the youngsters in our care.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Luke 17:11-19
Additional passages : none

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The thankful leper (Luke 17) | Craft

 The thankful leper (Luke 17) | Craft
The lepar being healed is only one part of the story, the saying thank you is the point that the children need to take home, but for the craft we focus on the visual transformation.
The thankful leper (Luke 17) | Craft
This craft can be made 3 ways, dependant on your resources. Images for craft at end of post.

First option : lamination

Print out on paper one copy of the hero image for reference. Print image 1 (healed leper) onto paper or card and laminate. Hand out dry markers / chalk markers / felt tips, or whatever you are using. Get the children to draw the sores on their laminated leper. During prayer time explain that no matter what marks us, Jesus has the power to make us clean, just like he healed the leper. Give the children wet-wipes and let them wipe their images clean. If there is time left let them play decorating and redecorating their craft.

Second option : Spinners

Print out both images on card, or back images on card stock. Stick the images back to back taking care to line up the positions. Punch a hole at the left and right hand side of the images. Use string or wool to make 2 loops and attach to the holes. Holding on loop on each hand, spin / wind the image by spinning in a circle. Pull the threads to see the spots appear on the leper, when you stop they disappear. …continue reading


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