The Canaanite woman’s story is one of an outsider, someone who doesn’t fit into the narrative Jesus is telling. Jesus has a choice, does he stand by the categories and identifying labels or let the love of God overflow from the Jewish chosen people to the meet a Canaanite need? Jesus chooses the way of love. This is reflected in this paper craft all about God’s love and other things we may use as qualifiers for our love.





This story of the Canaanite woman is an encounter of healing, of acceptance, of determination and of an unlikely party receiving the abundance of God’s love. These games play on the idea that the Canaanite woman didn’t appear to belong in this narrative as well as the words Jesus used the the passage about dogs and tables. There is a variety of games suitable for different sized groups and spaces.



Table roll – You will need a big table for this one and some small balls, ball pit balls or table tennis balls would be ideal. Pour the balls over the table. Have the kids positioned under or around the table with baskets to catch them when they drop off the edges.



The Canaanite woman fell to her knees begging Jesus to help her – this craft captures that moment. The way the craft folds makes the viewer the third party in the encounter, seeing both the face of Jesus and that of the woman. It’s a really simple craft, the hardest part is cutting out the smaller pieces so you may want to do that in advance for very young groups.



Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to the Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15)).

Each hero set contains a high quality graphic of the character, a take home bible card and a colouring page.
There is also a partially coloured picture with this set.

The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(Please note : Some images have no watermark but are not copyright free, they are only intended for classroom use.)






Extra’s – (English Only).




If you want the teachers page then please click on the image for the pdf.

Today’s heroes is the Canaanite Woman because she shows us the gift of Abundance

Essential Teachers notes:
This passage is sometimes shied away from in ministry circles because it seems Jesus’ actions are derogatory, he appears to insult the woman and those who do not come from the Jewish nation. It’s certainly a discussion older children may want to have as to why Jesus chooses to use this soft insult. But this passage is contains a much bigger challenge for churches today, the challenge to include the outsider, to allow God’s abundance to spill over the edges of the table we set.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 15

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