Photograph courtesy of Chris Wilterdink. More information about the Encounter Chapel at Magdala can be found at http://www.magdala.org/visit/duc-in-altum/encounter-chapel/
Note to the Teacher
The key focus is restoration. In this lesson, Jesus restores life for two people in very different, but miraculous ways.
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1. Ice Breaker:
Option 1: Go to HGTV.com and look up a few "before" and "after" photos from different renovation projects (not new homes!) There are many of these type shows to choose from: Fixer Upper, Rehab Addict, Good Bones, etc. Almost all of these shows can be found on the HGTV schedule! Galleries of the transformations are also available on the show's website. Find these pictures – the more transformed the home, the better and show them to your class. (Note: if you don’t have access to a screen and a computer connection in the classroom, just print the pictures before the class begins.)
Option 2: So many things are being restored today – barn wood, old signs, vintage clothing. If you have some of these types of things around your home, use them as a way to enter into a conversation about restoration.
Bridge: Discuss how the practice of taking old homes/items and breathing new life into them is an amazing way to value history, property, or the lives of those that first used those things. Jesus did a bit of the same thing in our Scripture today.
2. Read Scripture
Today’s Scripture is taken from Mark 5:21-43. Jesus is traveling through Capernaum and as he tries to help one person, another one seeks his help as well.
Read Mark 5:21-43
4. Activity and Discussion - Healing Hands
Take this lesson to the next level by getting students' creative juices flowing with a simple hands-on creative element and application discussion: Healing Hands. Complete instructions on how to make this happen are at the Youth Worker Collective online at https://youthworkercollective.com/healing-hands-exploring-the-story-of-jarius-daughter
Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then asking for a volunteer to close in prayer.