Jesus Is the Best Model for Children to Follow
have always loved the children everywhere.
Dear Jesus, we thank
you for loving us children, and for showing people how to treat us with
1. Find how much Jesus cares about children.
Mark 10:13-16 or relate it by memory for the children.
Ask the children:
· Why did people bring their children to Jesus? (Let the children answer.)
· Who told the people to take the little children away?
· How did Jesus feel when he saw children being sent away?
· What did Jesus say about the children?
How important is it to welcome children into the
worship of Jesus?
“Jesus took the children in his arms, put his hands on them
and blessed them.” (Mark 10:16)
2. Let the children draw a picture of a happy baby to illustrate that Jesus cares about children.
· Let the older children help the younger ones.
· Show the pictures to parents and explain that Jesus loves the little children.
Children might like to copy or to colour the
picture found at the end of this lesson.
3. Relive the events of when parents brought children to Jesus.
Children: Pretend that you
are Jesus’ disciples.
“Jesus is too busy.”
“These children are too young to understand his words.”
“You are showing disrespect to our great teacher.”
Children: Now pretend that you are parents.
Children: Now pretend you are
the children whom Jesus received.
4. Dramatize the story of the children coming to Jesus (Mark 10:13-16).
· Arrange with the main worship leader to present this brief drama to the adults.
· Older children help younger children prepare.
· Older children or adults play these parts.
The drama will carry more authority if a few men act as parents.
· Younger children play these parts:
Parents: Take Children
by the hand and walk toward Jesus. Say,
Narrator Read Mark
by Jesus and speak angrily to the parents are bringing children)
Parents (Argue angrily)
Jesus (Speak forcefully)
say) “Lord, you are too busy!”
Narrator Read Mark 10:16:
“He took the children in His arms and
began blessing them,
Finally, thank everyone who helped with the drama.
5. If the children present this drama during the worship time…
· Let the children ask the adults the same question as under #1 above.
The children might also ask other questions
that they prepare, about Mark 10:13-16.
· Have three children each recite a verse from Psalm 127: 1, 4 and 5:
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
“Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children are a reward from him.”
“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
Let older children write poems, songs or
short stories about…
7. Memorize Mark 10:13-15.
Let younger children memorize Jesus’ words only in Mark 10:14:
“Permit the children to come to me; do
not hinder them;
Jesus always welcomed children, and he still does.