So here we are....so much for finally getting ahead the other day! Yesterday was a little crazy here and I just didn't have time to post and stay ahead! I'll try to again though! Enjoy!
“A short man” p. 413 in The Beginner’s Bible
Treasure Hunt Resources: A tape measure and a variety of objects all differing in height or building blocks/materials
Beginning Activity/Chat: After doing the treasure hunt and collecting all the objects ask the children to line them up from the shortest to the tallest – or ask one to build something short and one something tall. Then measure each family member and measure how tall everyone is. While doing this, talk about short and tall and how much you can see if you’re only tiny. If there is a big crowd of people and you are short, how might you get yourself high enough to see over the top of the people?
In today’s true story we’re going to find out about a short man and how he solved his problem of not being able to see Jesus from behind all the tall people.
“A short man” in The Beginner’s Bible p. 413
THIS TRUE STORY FROM THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT JESUS CAME TO RESCUE AND FORGIVE BAD PEOPLE WHEN THEY TURN TO HIM.
1. Was Zacchaeus a good man or a sinful man at the beginning of the story? (A sinful/bad man)
2. Why didn’t Zacchaeus have any friends? (he would cheat them and take more money from people than he should)
3. What did Zacchaeus do to see Jesus? (He climbed a tree)
4. How did Jesus change Zacchaeus’s life? (He wanted to be friends with him despite all the bad things he had been doing and forgave him completely when he apologised. Zacchaeus then showed his life was different by giving back all he owed to the people and more!)
“Jesus loved Zacchaeus when nobody else did. He was Zaccaeus’ friend, even when nobody else was. Because Jesus was showing people what God’s love was like – his wonderful, never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love.” The Jesus Story book Bible, p. 270
Dear Father God, Thank you that you forgive us when we say sorry and when we want to change our wrong ways. We are sorry that we don’t always do what you want us to. Please forgive us because of Jesus. Amen.
Memory Verse Activities:
Continue practicing the song/actions.
You could make a huge tree together out of craft bit and pieces! Either a 3D one or one stuck to paper! Following on from the story you could stick Zacchaeus in the tree and cover the tree up with stick on leaves that have the memory verse words/sections written on them. They could see who can be the first to “find” Zacchaeus by uncovering him and them stick the leaves in the right order again, to make the memory verse!
Written and Compiled by Kate McIntosh, March 2012