Sunday School at Home for April 24, 2022

Can You Believe It?

Theme: He is risen - believe it!
Scripture: John 20:19-31
Complete Supply List:
● A small bowl of water
● A metal paperclip
● A piece of paper towel or tissue
● A Bible
● Construction paper
● Colored pencils
● “Can You Believe It?” video
● Something to play the video
● Graham crackers
● Large marshmallows - 1 per child
● M&M candies - 2 per child
● Mike & Ike candies - 1 per child
● Napkins
● Jumbo craft sticks - 3 per child
● Glue sticks
● Decorative items such as adhesive gems and foam stickers
● Markers
● “I Believe Cross” crafts

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● A small bowl of water
● A metal paperclip
● A piece of paper towel or tissue

Get Ready: Before the activity, fill a small, clear bowl with water. Tear or cut a small
piece of paper towel about the size of a small Post-It Note.
Do This:
SAY: Have you ever had to see something with your own eyes before you were
willing to believe it? Suppose your mom came in and told you there was a puppy
waiting for you at home. You might have a hard time believing it was true until you
actually got home and saw the puppy with your own eyes, right? The same is true
for many of us. We often have to see something to believe it.
Let’s try something together. (Hold up the paperclip.) If I put this paperclip in water,
do you think it will sink or float? (Pause for responses.) Let’s see. (Drop the paperclip
in the clear bowl of water. It should sink.)
Now, what if I told you that I could make this paperclip float? Would you believe
me? Or would it feel so impossible you would have to see it to believe it? (Pause for
responses.)
Let’s try it now. (Put a small paper towel about the size of a Post-It Note on the
surface of the water and then carefully place the paper clip on the piece of paper
towel. When the paper towel becomes saturated, it will sink, leaving the paper clip
floating on the surface of the water.) Wow! That's amazing! The paper clip is floating!
I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.
Our Bible lesson today is about believing what we cannot see.
On the evening of the first Sunday after Jesus was crucified, His disciples were
together in a locked room. They were afraid that those who had crucified Jesus
would also want to put them to death. Suddenly, Jesus appeared there in the
locked room with the disciples. It was hard for the disciples to believe, but they
saw Him with their eyes. Jesus showed them the wounds in His hands and His side,
so they knew it was Him.
One of the disciples, whose name was Thomas, was not with the others when
Jesus appeared to them. When they told Thomas they had seen Jesus, he did not
believe them. He had seen Jesus crucified and buried; how could He be alive?
Thomas said, "Unless I see the wound in His side and put my finger in the holes
where the nails were in His hands, I will not believe it!"
A week later, the disciples were in the locked room again and this time Thomas
was with them. Again, Jesus came and stood among the disciples. Jesus said to
Thomas, "Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into
My side. Stop doubting and believe."
Thomas fell on his knees and answered Jesus, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are
those who have not seen and yet have believed."
You and I have never seen Jesus with our own eyes. The question is, will we be a
doubter like Thomas? Or will we be blessed because we believe, even though we
have not seen?
PRAY: Dear Father, help us to believe in our heart those truths we find in Your Holy
Word, even though we have not seen them with our eyes. Amen.

Bible Interactive Experience
You’ll Need:
● A Bible
● Construction paper
● Colored pencils

Do This:
● Open your Bible to John 20:19-31.
SAY: Thomas needed to see the holes in Jesus’ hands to believe Jesus was alive.
Jesus told His disciples, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have
believed.”
● Give each child a piece of construction paper and colored pencils.
● Invite kids to trace both of their hands on the construction paper, then color and
decorate them.
● Read the passage as kids work.
● As kids are finishing their hands, have them draw a hole in the center of each
hand where Jesus’ scars would have been.

ASK:
● Why do you believe in Jesus even though you can’t see Him with your eyes?
● What can you say to a friend who might have a hard time believing in Jesus
because they can’t see Him?
SAY: Jesus died on the cross and then came back to life. Jesus is alive! Thomas
needed to see that to believe it. But Jesus says we can believe in Him even though
we haven’t seen Him with our eyes. Let’s learn more about that now.

Can You Believe It?
You’ll Need:
● “Can You Believe It?” video
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● Tell about a time you doubted something like Thomas.
● Who helps you believe in Jesus?

Seeing Is Believing
You’ll Need:
● Graham crackers
● Large marshmallows - 1 per child
● M&M candies - 2 per child
● Mike & Ike candies - 1 per child
● Napkins

Get Ready: Before the snack, have kids clean their hands.
Do This:
Follow these steps for the “Seeing Is Believing” snacks:
● Give each child a Graham cracker square, one large marshmallow, two M&M
candies, and a Mike & Ike candy.
● Remind kids that in today’s passage, Thomas had to see Jesus with his own eyes
before he could believe Jesus was alive.

SAY: We have all the proof we need from the Bible and from other believers. We
know that Jesus was alive back then and that He is alive now in our hearts. When
we believe, we are blessed.
● Invite kids to tear their marshmallow in half.
● Have them place the marshmallows on the Graham cracker, then top with two
M&M candies to look like eyes.
● Add a Mike & Ike candy below the two eyes to look like a nose.
● Enjoy.

ASK:
● What is something that’s helped you believe in Jesus even though you’ve
never seen Him?
● How would you feel if you were one of the disciples and Jesus appeared to
you in the locked room?

I Believe Cross
You’ll Need:
Can You Believe It? How-to video
● Jumbo craft sticks - 3 per child
● Glue sticks
● Decorative items such as adhesive gems and foam stickers
● Markers

Do This: Have kids follow these steps to make the “I Believe Cross” craft:
● Give each child three jumbo craft sticks and glue.
● Have kids glue the ends of two craft sticks together, then glue the third across
the top-center to make a cross.
● Invite kids to write “I Believe” down their cross using markers. Invite kids to
decorate their cross using the assorted items. 

SAY: Even though we were not there to see Jesus after He rose from the dead, we
can believe it is true because many people saw Jesus alive after He died on the
cross. And when we believe, our hearts are happy and we can show others how to
believe, too.
PRAY: Dear God, help us to believe in Jesus and see His love all around us. Help us
to share about Him with others. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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