Sunday School at Home for August 21

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

Theme: Jesus placed the needs of people above the rules.
Scripture: Luke 13:10-17
Complete Supply List:
“Jesus Heals on the Sabbath” video lesson
● Gummy bears or other gummy creatures
● Something to play the video
“10 Commandments Scroll” handout - 1 per child
● Markers
● String

The Children’s Sermon
Do This:
SAY: I have a challenge for you that will help you understand the woman in our
Bible passage for today. Ready?
Stand up nice and straight. (Pause.) Now, bend at your waist so you’re looking
straight down at the floor. (Demonstrate, and then guide kids to follow you. Explain to
kids that they’ll remain in that position until you tell them to stand up straight again.)
The woman in our Bible passage for today had a disability that caused her to have
to stand like this all the time. She couldn’t stand up straight like you were before.
She was bent over like that for eighteen years. (Lead children to consider 18 years,
by naming how old they are.)
It wasn’t easy for her. Think about this: What if you went to the store and you
needed something from the top shelf? (Pause for responses.) You would have to
depend on someone to find and get the items you needed.
● What other difficulties might you face if you had this disability?
(As a class, decide whether kids can continue to hold the position for the rest of the
children’s sermon, or if they need to discontinue.) In today's Bible passage, Jesus
was teaching in a place like a church called a synagogue. It was the Sabbath—the
day when everyone was supposed to rest. Jesus saw the woman with the
disability. He knew she’d been like that for 18 years. He called her to Him, touched
her and said, "Woman, you’re healed!" Instantly she could stand up straight. (Allow
children to stand up straight.)
She was so happy that she began to praise God! (Lead kids in praising God!)
But everyone wasn’t happy that the woman was better. The leader of the
synagogue was very angry that Jesus had healed the woman on the Sabbath. He
told everyone listening, "There are six days of the week for working. Come on
those days and be healed, but not on the day of rest." (Have kids bend back over to
show that the synagogue leader didn’t want the woman healed that day.)
Jesus answered the leader of the synagogue, "You hypocrite! All of you work on
the Sabbath! Don't you untie your ox or your donkey and lead it out for water?
Doesn't this dear woman deserve to be healed, even on the Sabbath?" (Allow the
children to stand up straight again.)
The people watching were happy and rejoiced at all of the wonderful things that
Jesus did. Jesus knew that rules are important, but He knew that the needs of
people are more important.
We, too, can remember that people’s needs are more important than rules.
Whenever we see someone in need, the most important thing is to help them.

PRAY: God, help us to follow the example that Jesus has set for us. Help us to
place the needs of others ahead of any rules we may have. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “Jesus Heals on the Sabbath” video lesson
● Something to play the video

Do This:
Show the video.
● Explain whether you think the Trail Guide should break the rules.
● Has anyone broken the rules for you in a way that helped you? Tell what

Bendy Snacks
You’ll Need:
● Gummy bears or other gummy creatures
Do This:
Follow these steps for the snack:
● Have kids clean their hands.
● Give each child some gummy snacks.
● Have them partner-up, and encourage partners to retell what happened in the
Bible passage using the gummy snacks.
● Enjoy!
SAY: Jesus cares so much about our needs that He’ll break the rules to care for us,
just as He did the woman in the Bible.

Healing Touch Relay
Follow these steps for the “Healing Touch Relay”:
● Divide the class into two teams of even numbers.
● Have each team stand along one wall while the other team members stand
along the opposite wall.
● The first team member from each line will run to the opposite side of the room.
The person must run fully bent over to the opposite team. Any person from the
opposite team will reach out and touch the runner with a “healing touch.” Once
touched, runners stand up straight and run back to their side of the room.
They’ll then tag the next person in line on their team to begin running.
● Runners from both teams will have to avoid running into each other.
● Play until all kids from both teams have had a chance to run and be “healed.”
● Repeat, as time allows.

SAY: Jesus healed a woman on the Sabbath when He touched her and she was
able to stand up straight. But that’s just one example of a way He put the needs of
people above rules. We can follow His example.

People’s Needs First Scrolls
You’ll Need:
● Jesus Heals on the Sabbath How-to Video
“10 Commandments Scroll” handout - 1 per child
● Markers
● String

Do This:
To make the craft, have kids follow these steps:
● Give each child a handout.
● Lead kids in reading through the list of rules from God.
● Have kids draw a symbol next to each command to represent it.
● Invite kids to take a marker and write across the whole page, “People’s needs
● Invite kids to decorate the page.
● As they work, invite them to talk about times they’ve seen people who’ve had
needs that might have come before the rules.
● When they’re done, they can roll their papers and tie them in place with some
SAY: Take home your scrolls as a reminder that all of God’s laws are good and
helpful for us, but that God did not want us to forget about people’s needs when
we are following God’s ways.

People Over Rules Prayers
You’ll Need:
● 10 Commandments Scrolls from the craft
Do This:
Lead kids to pray in this way:
● Have kids form a circle.
● Have kids consider who in their life might have needs that they could be there
● Allow a moment for kids to look at their scrolls to see if helping might be in line
with or not in line with God’s rules.
● Allow time for kids to pray over this.
● Close in prayer.

PRAY: Dear God, Thank you that you care more about people’s needs than rules.
Thank you for giving us Jesus as an example. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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