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"Leap for Joy" - NT Packet 3.13 (Download)
Luke 6:23 says that we should “rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven” The Gospel brings to us many reasons to leap for joy! Acts 3:1-10 tells of a man who leaped several times after being healed. This activity is based on leaping for joy, showing happiness at all the wonderful things we have because of our membership in Christ’s church.
Tip: Cut out the lily pads and place around the room, home, down a hallway, or even outside! Have family members leap from one blessing to another repeating the words on the lily pads which give them reason to leap for joy. On the lily pads with no words, family members make up their own gospel-centered reason to leap.
Tip: To save on ink, print the black and white lily pads on white paper. Your family can draw reasons to leap on them.
Tip: To save on ink, you can consider printing the lily pads on green construction paper. Cut the construction paper down to 8.5 x 11 inches and use as you would printer paper.
Heavenly Father Blesses Others Through Me
After Jesus showed himself to the apostles following his resurrection, he spent 40 days with them, teaching them. He asked his disciples and apostles to teach and serve others. Blessing others through acts of service demonstrate our love and faith in Heavenly Father, and helps us show love to others.
This activity is designed to help children recognize ways they can bless those around them. Help your family or class learn from the example of Peter and John healing the lame man as told in Acts 3. The blind man asked Peter and John for money, but they didn’t have any. However, Peter and John found another way to serve the blind man.
Place these pictures in a bag, Let the children take turns choosing pictures from the bag and sharing how they can bless others in that way. They can describe how they are serving others, or they can act out the service shown on the pictures and have your family or class guess the act of service being done.
Ask deep thinking questions like “Have you ever served anyone in a similar manner?” “How did that make you feel?” Has anyone ever served you in that manner?” “Do we always need money to serve?” “What can we do to know how to serve those around us?”