Sunday School at Home for April 7, 2024

Seeing Is Believing

Theme: We believe in Jesus.
Scripture: John 20:19-31
Get Ready: Click here to get your complete supply list for this lesson.

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● A dollar bill
● Two paper clips
“Linking Paper Clips How-to Video”
Do This:
SAY: Today I am going to show you something that I’m not sure you’ll believe. First I
am going to take this dollar bill and fold it into thirds. Next, I will take one paper
clip and clip the top section of the dollar to the middle section. Now I will take the
other paper clip and clip the bottom section to the middle section. Before I put the
paper clips onto the bill, they were separate. But when I pull on the two ends of the
dollar bill, they’re going to jump off the bill and connect themselves. Do you
believe me? (Pause.) Let’s try it! (Pull the ends of the bills to make the paper clips
jump off, then show kids that the paper clips became connected.)
I need you to help me tell what happened in the Bible. Whenever you hear the word
“believe,” please make this motion. (Mouth wide open and hands beside sides of
That’s cool, isn't it? Now that you have seen it, do you believe (Pause.) it?
Sometimes we must see something before we believe (Pause.) it, don't we?
It was like that for some people in the Bible, too. On the evening of the first Sunday
after Jesus had been crucified, His disciples were together in a locked room. They
were afraid of those who had crucified Jesus. Suddenly, Jesus appeared there in
the locked room with the disciples. It was hard to believe (Pause.), but they saw
Him, and Jesus showed them His wounds in His hands and His side, so they knew it
was Him.
One of the disciples, Thomas, was not with the others when Jesus appeared to
them. When they told Thomas, he didn’t believe (Pause.) 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 (Pause.) 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 (Pause.)."
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 (Pause.); blessed
are those who have not seen and yet have believed (Pause.)."
You and I have never seen Jesus with our own eyes. The question is, will we be one
of those who is blessed because we believe (Pause.), even though we have not
Kids can stop making the believe motion now.
PRAY: Dear God, help us to believe in our heart the truths we find in Your Holy
Word, even though we have not seen them with our own eyes. In Jesus' name,

See It and Believe Video
You’ll Need:
● “See It and Believe” video lesson
● Something to play the video

Do This:
Show them the video.
● Why do you think the disciples were so scared and hid in a locked room?
● We watched how Thomas doubted Jesus because he didn’t have proof.
What is something about God that is hard for you to believe in because you
haven’t seen it with your own eyes?
● What is something that’s helped you believe in Jesus even though you’ve
never seen Him?

Believing Faces Snacks
You’ll Need:
● Trail mix with round candies
● Paper plates - one per child
Do This:
Follow these steps to make the “Believing Faces” snacks:
● Give each child some trail mix.
● Remind children that they can believe in Jesus even though they can’t see Him.
● Encourage kids to use the trail mix to show what their own “believing face”
would look like.
● Enjoy.

Complete Supply List:
● A dollar bill
● Two paper clips
“Linking Paper Clips How-to Video”
● “See It and Believe” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Trail mix with round candies
● Paper plates - one per child
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