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Jude Thaddaeus (John 14) | Craft 3

This is a really simple threading craft that can be as simple or complex as the children need it to be. Jude discovered the amazing love that we can find though Jesus and this heart is a nice reminder not only of that but of the group of disciples he was a part of. Jude Thaddaeus craft 3

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Jude Thaddaeus (John 14) | Worksheet

This worksheet for the Apostle Jude Thaddaues is full of symbolism and confusion. Untangle the picture, discuss the images in the arrows and try and fill in the missing puzzle pieces either in small groups or pairs. Overall the sheet rejects the idea that we have to have all the answers. This is a big issue for youngsters who live a lot of their lives not being able to find out the ‘why’ and yet having an innate urge to ask the question.

To complete this worksheet the children need colouring pens, pencils or crayons.

The PDF can be downloaded by clicking on the images.

Jude Thaddaeus (John 14) | Craft 2


Revelation is a lovely theme for this lesson on Jude Thaddaeus. Often we see revelation as understanding the whole picture but in reality often revelation is only getting a glimpse at part. This craft plays with that notion but revealing the various images one by one. If your group likes moving crafts or colouring then this is a nice combination of both, with the added bonus of being really easy to construct. Jude Thaddaeus (John 14) | Craft 2

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Jude Thaddaeus (John 14) | Craft 1


This is a craft mechanism from the archives reused because it’s a lovely example of revelation. As well as being a visually effective craft it uses the minimum of materials and can be done straight from the printer. It could be done with younger children though they could need help with cutting – though there is more room for error than you may imagine, though it does require a good level of cutting skill. Jude Thaddaeus (John 14) | Craft 1

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Jude Thaddaeus (John 14) | Character Images


Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to Jude Thaddaeus (John 14).
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.
(Please note : these images have no watermark but are not copyright free, they are only intended for classroom use.)








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Jude Thaddaeus (John 14) | Games


For this series Jude (Judas) Thaddaeus is given the gift of revelation, he sees the bigger meaning in part of Jesus’ teaching. Considering the apostles seem to stumble in and out of comprehension his question and it’s subsequent answer reveal a moment of increased clarity. Playing on the theme of revelation these games are suitable for a wide variety of groups.

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Tangle – Grab yourself a big ball of string and arrange the kids in a circle. Throw that ball about letting it unravel as it goes until everybody is holding a bit… now time to untangle! Don’t let go of the string in your hands, just twist, turn, step over and under the string until you end up with a big circle. Link to how confusing and tangled some parts of faith can seem at first.


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Replace the missing piece – Print some photo images. Remove one or more small sections from each image and stick it onto a piece of card. Write a letter on the cards with sections and number each large image. The object of the game is to match the letters and numbers. if you want to give your children a reason to move stick these around the room and make it a timed activity, this will encourage movement.

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Guess the missing piece – Before or as an alternative to the above, hand out the small pieces and see if the children can identify the picture. This can also be done with a single piece of any jigsaw puzzle.

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Jude Thaddaeus (John 14) | Story

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

Today’s hero is Jude Thaddeaus because he show us the gift of Revelation

Essential Teachers notes:
Jude, Judas, Thaddeaus, no matter what name you call him he’s not the biggest star in the disciple crowd, but he is one of the Apostles and one that pipes in with an important question right at the end of Jesus’ ministry – Why us and not everyone? It’s a confusing question and one that many children pose… my does god not reveal himself more directly. It’s a good question to grapple with though providing pat answers can be dangerous.
Note: This is Jude/Judas Thaddeaus, not Judas Iscariot nor Jude/Judas the brother of Christ who wrote the epistle.

Main Passage : John 14
Additional passages : various

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Preparing to Teach : The Apostles

Preparing to Teach : The Apostles

Quick notes:

The 12 were ordinary men, all would have learnt scripture in school but none had been selected by a rabbi as an exceptional student to carry on their studies.

There were no volunteers, Jesus chose these 12, which suggests there was more.
The number 12 is so key in Jewish symbolism that after Judas died the apostles felt compelled to replace him.

While most would have been seen as poor in their Jewish devotions, others were noticeably devote.

Many had strong social, political, and religious views and expectations when they came to Jesus.

It’s believed many were teenagers, young and impulsive, malleable to new ideas but headstrong and stubborn in accepting them.

Names you need to know

Peter (Simon) – Probably the most vocal, impulsive, emotional and well known disciples, Simon is renamed Peter (the rock) by Jesus and goes onto be the sort of leader of the pack.

James & John – These brothers are called the sons of thunder by Jesus, over excitable and fiery they form the inner circle with Peter and seem glued to Jesus’s side.

Andrew – Leaving John the Baptist, Andrew seeks greater truth in Jesus, while brother to Simon-Peter, Andrew is much less impulsive and outspoken than his fellow Galilean fishermen.

Philip – Is clearly a seeker and will pull people into the discussion, inviting Nathaniel into the crowd. Not to be confused with Philip the deacon who met the eunuch.

Thomas – Is a man of declarations, be they boldly supportive, deeply theological, or famously doubtful, he’s the first to grasp that Jesus is fully God.

Nathaniel – Is a devout Israelite, a true Jew whose faith is very much alive and makes him able to see Jesus for who is really is, the messiah, right from the beginning.

Matthew – Longs to be accepted and loved, something he would never get being a tax collector, he sees an opportunity in Jesus’ invitation and doesn’t hesitate to leave it all behind.

Little James – James the less or the little is probably the most obscure of all the disciples, but Jesus did not always choose the dramatic and some stories are untold.

Simon – Another man of strong convictions, a Zealot defending tradition and Jewishness, to be in a crowd with the tax collector Matthew shows how Jesus would include all in his kingdom.

Jude – Sometimes called Judas or Thaddeus, he wasn’t very outspoken but may have shared some of Simons strong beliefs. Some people believe he wrote the epistle Jude.

Judas – The money keeper and betrayer, it’s the 30 pieces of silver and kiss Judas will always be remembered for, the only disciple not to see Jesus resurrected.

Historical significance

These 12 brash, uncouth, foolish, brave, but importantly ordinary men were chosen by Jesus himself as his top team. The number 12 was hugely significant, signalling completeness in scriptures. The 12 tribes of Israel represented the whole of God’s chosen people, and so for Jesus to chose only 12 of his crowd was to symbolically show he was there for the whole of the Jewish nation. In acts Judas is replaced with Matthias to continue this idea.

ApostlesUnlike some other biblical heroes, the Apostles stories are usually a bi-product, a means to illustrating a greater lesson, and for some their presence in the list is the greatest fact we can verify about them. For evangelicals the titbits of information can’t be bumped out with church tradition, though whatever your perspective on the validity of the non-biblical accounts it’s usually worth taking a look at.

These 12 men were chosen, there were no volunteers and their status as chosen lead to persecution for many. They accepted a role with no security, no pay, and often involving abandoning family. While the risks were great, and the sacrifice total, in return these 12 had an intensive discipleship course, at times having hidden meaning revealed to them while the rest of the crowd were left to ponder. As well as being sent out as part of the 70, and commissioned by the resurrected Christ, they were witness to countless miracles and the arrival of Pentecost. Many were martyred and some went on to write scripture.

Taking a closer look at the list reveals that they were neither all Galilean, nor all fishermen as they are often portrayed. Rather than gormless teens looking for something to do, most had careers they abandoned and were actively searching for a deeper truth. Many came to Jesus with a strong faith and firm opinions. The world they lived in was in turmoil, the religious groups torn between appeasing the empire that detested their religion, and fighting against it. Some were part of these groups, some on opposite sides. While elements of the Roman world shaped the early church, they met Jesus as an oppressed people dreaming of a ‘Messiah’, a great warrior who would rescue his people from it’s clutches. Jesus turned their dreams on their heads and seemed to spend significant time confusing their preconceived ideas.


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