Unit: Trust God

Session Title: Four Friends Helped

Life Point: People are important to Jesus.

Unit Verse: “Call on me in a day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor me.” Psalm 50:15

Weekly Bible Verse: “As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love.” John 15:9

Bible Passage: Mark 2:1-12

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Object Lesson: Bend and Tell
This is such a simple and genius way to tell this story! It has been posted in a few different places, but I have no idea where the concept originated. All you need is four strips of card stock or tag board, a hole punch and three brads.  I found this version online.
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Game: Four Friend Weave
The four friends in the story did not give up on helping their friend. In fact their faith is quite commendable! In this game four children work together like the friends in the story. You will need:

  • a pillowcase
  • a doll or stuffed animal
  • field cones or chairs

Setup a few cones staggered across the room. Have all the children line up at one end of the room. Choose one child to be “Jesus” and stand at the other end of the room. Choose four children to be the four friends.  Their task is to each hold a corner of the pillowcase, carrying the doll or stuffed animal, and weave around the cones to bring their “friend” to Jesus. If they drop their “friend” they must go back to the beginning. When they reach the end, have the child who is “Jesus” repeat after you saying, “Your sins are forgiven. Arise, take up your bed and walk.” Everyone claps and celebrates, thanking Jesus for healing their “friend.” Repeat, giving each child the opportunity to be a “friend” and/or “Jesus.”
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Craft: Arise and Walk
The children can each make their own to take home and retell the story. You will need:

  • this man template (printed on card stock)
  • felt
  • craft sticks
  • scissors
  • crayons glue
  • hole punch
  • brad
  • permanent marker
This man’s legs did not work.  He could not walk.  His friends had to carry him on his bed.


Jesus healed him!  He forgave the man’s sin, and told him to take up his bed and go to his house.

To prepare cut out the man templates, and cut felt into 4 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ rectangles.  Punch a whole in the center of the man’s body.

In class, help the children glue their felt pieces to craft sticks.  Have them color the man, then attach the man to the felt with the brad.
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Food: Lame Man on Graham Cracker
The picture is pretty self-explanatory. If you do this please put up an allergy alert.
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