A Blessing – Jesus blessed children

How appropriate that at Vacation Bible Camp last week, on Thursday and on Friday, all of the kids received a blessing. And at Sunday’s Cool for our Rotation in July, we’ve been talking about the story of Jesus blessing the children (Mark 10:13-16). This means that (perhaps) your children have been exposed to what a blessing is and it’s the perfect time for you to start offering a blessing regularly!

A crew leader from VBC blesses one of her crew

What was it like when Jesus blessed the children? We aren’t given too many details, but imagine this scene:  Jesus has said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them.” So the kids, urged on by their parents, come over to Jesus.  He welcomes them. He gets down on their level. He talks with them; listens to their replies.  They warm to him.

Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them (Mark 10:16).

It was common in Bible times to lay hands on the head of the person being blessed and to say words that spoke of God’s love and destiny for the child. What sort of blessing did Jesus offer? We aren’t told. But perhaps it could have been one that you can give to your child. Try this. Say your child’s name and…

Jesus calls you his forever friend.

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Cool Disciples Schedule: July 2011

During the heat of summer our Cool Disciples continue to explore Bible stories on Sunday mornings! Our teaching tool is the fun (yet transformational) Workshop Rotation Model Sunday’s School Cool. Summer is a bit different in that we combine grade groups. This summer we’ve also got more changes – a different choice for older students. Read more about that choice here.

For three weeks of July, we are learning about a time when some children had an exclusive audience with Jesus! Read the story in Mark 10:13-16. This story entails Jesus allowing children to come to him for a blessing.

A stain glass rendition of Jesus blessing the children

What is a blessing? Most of us when we hear the word “blessing” think of a table grace we say before we eat, as in “saying our blessings.” That is one use of the word blessing. A blessing also means a special prayer given to someone, which makes them feel good. We could say that it is a special prayer for the good of a person!

What is the blessing that Jesus desires for you?
How does it make you feel to know how much Jesus loves children and wants to bless them?

Here is the way we’ll be exploring this story for the next three weeks…

Date Workshop Activity
7/10 Art Workshop Decorate a mirror picture frame as a reminder that God loves you.
7/17 Cooking Workshop Being blessed also includes the empowerment of being a blessing to others. Make something to share at Lemonade on the Lawn.
7/24 Games Workshop Set up and go through an obstacle course with a different-sort of name: the “Don’t Let Anything Keep You From Jesus” obstacle course.

If you are in the area please join us for the fun learning at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI

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