Sunday School at Home for October 10, 2021

The God of the Impossible

Theme: With God, all things are possible.
Scripture: Mark 10:17-31

Complete Supply List:
● An old sock
● A plastic sewing needle
● Yarn
● Bibles - one per child
● A peeled, hard-boiled egg
● A glass bottle with an opening slightly smaller than the egg (Note: We found
that iced coffee bottles work best.)
● Matches
● Vegetable oil
● “The God of the Impossible” video
● Something to play the video
● Paper plates - one per child
● Napkins - one per child
● Toothpicks - nine per child
● Bananas
● Strawberries
● Blueberries
● Mandarin orange slices

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● An old sock
● A plastic sewing needle
● Yarn
 

Get Ready: Choose a sock that has a hole in it.

Do This:
SAY: Have you ever gotten dressed in the morning, only to discover that your sock
has a hole?
I’ve been there. (Show the sock) Today, I brought these to help me. (Show the needle
and yarn.) First, I’ll thread the needle. That means you hold the needle like this and
push the yarn through this little hole called the "eye." (Show the eye.) This could be
difficult. Do you think I can do it? (Attempt to thread the yarn, and make a show of it.
Ask for help, and let a couple children try.)
You know, this problem of threading the needle reminds me of something that
happened with Jesus. One day, a rich young man came to Jesus and asked what
he needed to do in order to go to heaven.
Jesus answered him, "You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not
commit adultery, do not steal, do not lie, do not cheat, honor your father and
mother.' "
The young man said he’d followed all the commandments since he was young. How
many of us have never, ever, ever broken a commandment, even a little bit? (Pause
for response.)
Then Jesus told him there was one more thing he needed to do: “Sell all you have
and give the money to the poor," Jesus said.
The young man was very sad. He turned and walked away because he was very
wealthy, and he wasn’t willing to give up his wealth and belongings -- not even to
go to heaven.
Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, "It is easier for a camel to pass
through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of
heaven."
Putting thread through the eye of the needle can be pretty difficult. How would you
like to try to put a camel through the eye of a needle? (Pause and hold up the
plastic needle again.) That seems impossible, doesn’t it?
Does that mean Jesus was saying it is impossible for a rich man to enter into
heaven? I don't think so, because next, Jesus said, "With man this is impossible,
but not with God. With God, all things are possible." That is the God we serve. The
God of the impossible!


PRAY: Heavenly Father, we are thankful You are the God of the impossible. Without
You, it would be impossible for any of us to get to heaven. In Jesus' name, amen.

Bible Interactive Experience
You’ll Need:
● Bibles - one per child
● A peeled, hard-boiled egg
● A glass bottle with an opening slightly smaller than the egg (Note: We found
that iced coffee bottles work best.)
● Matches
● Vegetable oil

Do This:
● Invite kids to open their Bibles to Mark 10.
● Read aloud Mark 10:17-21.
ASK:
● What do you think made Jesus’ request hard for the man?
Read aloud Mark 10:22-27.
SAY: Let’s watch something that will seem impossible, like a camel fitting through the
eye of a needle.
● Put the glass bottle on the table.
● Grease the mouth of the bottle with vegetable oil.
● Place the egg on the neck of the bottle. Point out that the egg cannot be pushed
into the bottle without destroying the egg. Remove the egg.
● Light three matches at once and drop them into the bottle.
● Quickly place the egg over the mouth of the bottle.
● Watch carefully as the egg gets sucked into the bottle.
ASK:
● What were you thinking before, during, and after this experiment?
● How is this like or unlike what Jesus said about God, the God of the
impossible?
SAY: The matches changed the pressure in the bottle and it went through the
smaller opening. The matches made it possible. In life we will face things that we
think are impossible. But remember, with God all things are possible.


The God of The Impossible
You’ll Need:
● “The God of the Impossible” video
● Something to play the video
Do This:


Show the video.


ASK:
● What is something that would be hard for you to give away?
● How do you think holding onto our stuff can get in the way of following
Jesus?


Camel Snack
You’ll Need:
● Paper plates - one per child
● Napkins - one per child
● Toothpicks - nine per child
● Bananas
● Strawberries
● Blueberries
● Mandarin oranges

Get Ready: Before the activity, peel the bananas and cut into thirds. Cut the stems
off the strawberries and peel and separate the mandarin oranges.
Do This:
Follow these steps to make the “Camel Snack”:
● Give each child a paper plate, a napkin, and nine toothpicks. Make all of the fruit
accessible in the center of the workspace.
● Instruct kids to attach three strawberries together in a straight line using two
toothpicks. The flat tops of the strawberries should all be facing down.
● To make the camel’s legs, attach two toothpicks to the bottom of the first
strawberry, and two toothpicks to the bottom of the third strawberry.
● Invite kids to line all four “legs” with blueberries.
● Attach the banana third to the first strawberry using a toothpick to make the
camel’s neck.
● Instruct kids to break one toothpick in half. On one half of the toothpick,
sandwich one mandarin orange slice between two blueberries to make the
camel’s head and eyes.
● Use the second half of the toothpick to fasten the mandarin orange to the top
of the banana.
● Instruct kids to break one more toothpick in half. Stick each of the toothpick
halves into the tops of the second and third strawberries, then attach a
mandarin orange slice on each to make the camel’s humps.
● Enjoy!


SAY: Jesus said getting into heaven on our own is as hard as getting a camel
through the eye of a needle. But when we believe in God, we have His help, and
with God, all things are possible.


PRAY: Dear God, You are the God of the impossible. We thank You that through
Jesus, we can be saved. Help us to trust You. Please be with each name written on
these pieces of fabric. In Jesus’ name, amen.
 

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