The gospels contain many stories of Jesus miraculously healing the sick. These stories are commonly taught in Sunday school classes as a way for children to learn about miracles and the things that Jesus did that seemed impossible. Children can put together one of many crafts about these stories to help remind them of the lessons they learnt from the Bible.
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Healing the Paralytic
The story of Jesus healing a paralysed man is found in Matthew 9:2-8, Mark 2:3-12 and Luke 5:18-26. For this lesson, children can make a model of the home that Jesus was teaching in when the paralysed man was lowered through the roof because there was no room to get in through the door. Children each need a shoebox or other small box and should be supervised as they cut a hole out of the top of the box. They can decorate the outside of the house by drawing doors and windows and include cutouts of people, including Jesus and the paralytic, inside.
In John, chapter 11, Jesus hears about his friend Lazarus who was very sick. Lazarus died before Jesus could get to him, but Jesus was still able to heal Lazarus, who walked out of the cave in which he had been buried in linen wrappings. Teachers should prepare models of Lazarus by gluing together four craft sticks and a cotton ball head into a stick figure, using the sticks for the body, arms and each leg. For a Sunday school craft, children can wrap toilet paper around their Lazarus figures to show what happened when he died and then act out the story of him getting up and walking out of the cave.
Paper Mache Cast
Children can make paper mache casts as a Sunday school craft to follow an overview lesson on the many ways in which Jesus healed the sick. Children should tape waxed paper to their arm and then wrap paper mache all around it to make a cast. When the cast is dry, they can take it off and write “Jesus Heals the Sick” on it as a reminder. In a Sunday school class where there is not enough time to make paper mache casts, children can tape pieces of paper around an arm instead.
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