Sunday School at Home for April 3

A Most Precious Gift

Theme: Giving our best to Jesus.
Scripture: John 12:1-8
Complete Supply List
● “Smelly Feet” handout - 2 or 3 copies
● Essential oils or scents - 3 to 5 kinds
“Smelly Feet” handout
● A pen
● Bibles - 1 per child
● Craft sticks - 3 per child
● Paper
● Glue
● Scissors
● Crayons
● Small boxes - 1 per child
● Markers
● Various craft supplies
● Wrapping paper
● Tape
● Pens

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
“Smelly Feet” handout - 2 or 3 copies
● Essential oils or scents - 3 to 5 kinds

Get Ready: Make copies of the handout so there are enough feet for each scent.
Cut apart the feet on the handout. Put a different scent on each foot. If you don’t have
essential oils, use perfumes with scents that are identifiable, such as perfumes that
smell like flowers. You might also use foods to scent the feet, such as oranges and
pineapple.

Do This:
SAY: Today you’re going to smell my feet. Does that sound fun? (Pause.) When I say
my feet, I mean the feet from my “Smelly Feet” handout. (Show the handout.) Who
wants to get a sniff of these smelly feet? (Wave them around).
They’re good smelly, not stinky. I’ve put some nice scents on them, like perfume,
and I’d like you to guess the scents. (Pass around one of the feet, and encourage kids
to think about what they think the smell is, but not say it aloud until everyone has
smelled it. After everyone has smelled the foot, then invite them to shout out the
scent. Confirm the correct scent. Repeat for each scent.)
It might seem strange that I had you smell my feet from my handout today, but I
did for a reason. Today, we’ll learn from the Bible that Jesus was invited to His
friend Lazarus’ home for a party in His honor! After they ate, His friend, Mary, took
out a big bottle of perfume and poured it on His feet.
ASK:
● Even if you’ve read this in the Bible before, picture yourself there and talk
about your own reaction to this event.
It was surprising, but not only because it was expensive, but also because Mary
wiped the perfume on Jesus’ feet with her hair. Judas, the disciple who would
betray Jesus, was angry she did that. He said she could have sold the perfume and
given the money to the poor.
ASK:
● What do you think about Judas’ reaction?
Judas was right, it could’ve been sold and the money given to the poor, but Judas
had been stealing the disciples’ money; so maybe it would’ve gone into Judas’
pocket. Regardless, Jesus said it was good because Mary gave her best to Him. It
was honoring and Jesus said it made Him ready for His burial after His crucifixion
that He knew was coming.
If Mary’s best was to give her expensive bottle of perfume to clean Jesus’ feet, I
wonder what our best could be. (Pause.) Today we’ll learn about giving our best to
Jesus.
PRAY: Dear God, help us understand what it means to give our best to You, and
give us excitement to do it. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Bible Memory Verse
“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive
perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped His feet with
her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the
perfume.” John 12:3
You’ll Need:
“Smelly Feet” handout
● A pen
● Bibles - 1 per child

Get Ready: Make copies of the handout, cut apart the feet, and write words or
phrases from the verse on each. Make more than one set if you have more than 8-10
kids. Place the feet around the room.

Do This:
Have kids do this to learn the Bible verse:
● Have kids open their Bibles to John 12:3.
● Read aloud the verse.
● If needed, divide the class into groups, according to how many sets of the verse
you made.
● Have kids find the feet around the room.
● Have them arrange the feet in order of the verse.
● Practice saying the verse.
● Take away one foot at a time, encouraging kids to eventually say the verse
without any help.
ASK:
● Tell about something expensive you have.
● Explain what it would be like for you to give that up to honor Jesus.
SAY: Mary honored Jesus by anointing Him with some very expensive perfume.
And Jesus accepted this gift from her. That doesn’t mean that Jesus wants
expensive gifts; the gift glorified God by honoring Jesus.

Bible Interactive Experience
You’ll Need:
● Craft sticks - 3 per child
● Paper
● Glue
● Scissors
● Crayons
● Bibles - 1 per child

Do This:
SAY: Today we’re learning about giving our best to Jesus. Let’s look back at the
time Mary gave her best to Jesus.
Lead kids through these steps:
● Have kids open their Bibles to John 12:1-8.
● Invite kids to read aloud the passage.
ASK:
● Why do you think Jesus deserves the best?
● Explain that kids are going to make something to remind them of some ways
they can give their best to Jesus.
● Give each child three craft sticks, some paper, glue, scissors, and crayons.
● Explain that they can give their best to Jesus with their ears, mouth, and heart.
● Have kids draw an ear, cut it out, and glue it to the end of a craft stick.
● Invite kids to discuss ways they can use their ears to give their best to Jesus.
They can write one or two ideas on the back of their ears.
● Repeat this for the mouth and heart.
● Teach kids this rhyme, and have them hold up the appropriate drawing during
it: “Jesus is God’s special Son. When He died and rose, He won. It’s because of
Him I live. My ears and heart and mouth I give.”
ASK:
● What do you want to work on giving to Jesus this week?
SAY: Jesus is God’s Son. He died on the cross and came back to life! We can give
our best to Jesus by using our ears to listen and learn from Him, our mouths to
honor Him, and our hearts to praise Him.

Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “A Most Precious Gift” video lesson
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● What did you learn from that commercial about nard?
● If you were going to give something really special to honor Jesus, what
would you choose?


Best Gift Boxes
You’ll Need:
● Small boxes - 1 per child
● Markers
● Various craft supplies
● Wrapping paper
● Tape
● Scissors
● Paper
● Pens

Do This:
To make the craft, have kids follow these steps:
● Remind kids that Mary gave her best to Jesus, and they can too.
● Explain to kids that they’re going to make some gift boxes to remind them to
give their best to Jesus.
● Set out all the supplies.
● Invite kids to use the supplies to make wrapped gifts, leaving an opening for
them to put paper slips into the gifts.
● Remind kids to give their best as they work on this project.
● Have kids make a tag for the gift that says “Giving my heart to Jesus,” and tape
it to their gift boxes.
● Allow time for kids to show off their creations.
SAY: Keep your gift box as a reminder to give your best to Jesus. And when you
do, write down what you did on a slip of paper and put it into the gift box.


Our Best Prayers
Do This:
Lead kids to pray in this way:
● Invite kids to share how they plan to give their best to Jesus.
● Lead children in a prayer for God’s help.
PRAY: Dear God, we learned how Mary gave her best to Jesus, and we want to, too.
Help us. In Jesus’ name, amen.


 

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