Planning ahead for a Sunday school class helps to deliver an effective structure. It is important for children attending Sunday school to learn the valuable teachings of Christ and his miracles of healing, demonstrated through such stories as the sick man paralysed with the palsy. The best way to deliver an engaging class is through practical and creative projects.
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Tell the story of Jesus healing the man paralysed by the palsy. Ask the children as a group to make a wall mosaic, using cut up squares of coloured paper. Recreate a scene of the sick man's journey. Show the sick man being carried through the crowds, taken up a ladder to a roof and lowered down to where Jesus was teaching below to be healed. This may take two or three weeks of class time to complete.
The Healing Hand
The sick man's faith in Jesus to heal him is the fundamental point of this biblical story. In the Sunday school class, focus on the symbolism of the sick man putting his trust into Christ's hands. Use the healing hand project, which requires each child to make the hand of Jesus out of quick drying clay. On the palm of the hand, a small sculpture of the sick man is crafted and placed either lying down paralysed, or standing after being healed. The clay hand can be made one week and left to dry and harden before being painted the next week.
The Ladder Picture
Ask each child to draw and paint a picture. The frame of the drawing should be a ladder with four rungs and three square gaps for the painted scenes. The idea is that the child draws a picture between the rungs of the ladder to create a sequence of scenes in the story. For instance, the bottom picture should show the men struggling to get the sick man up the ladder on his stretcher. The second scene positioned in the middle space shows Jesus healing the sick man and finally, the top picture up the ladder shows the sick man walking.
For a re-enactment scene about Jesus healing the sick man with the palsy, the children could make masks of Jesus, the old man and Jesus' followers. The masks can be made out of cardstock and painted. Then, after Sunday school, the children could perform the scene for the benefit of the church congregation.
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