Healing and Miracles
Let’s wonder about the people whom Jesus healed. There are many stories about the healings Jesus performed during his ministry; this is a study of just a few of them. Explore friendship and the faith of four friends that allowed a man to walk. Learn about two different people whom Jesus healed in one story, a woman and a young girl. These two stories encourage children to think about hope and how important it is to all of us. See the power Jesus has to heal with only a few words and how our words matter. Not everyone was welcome in Jesus’ time, and our last story shows us how unwelcome this Canaanite woman was, but Jesus helped her anyway. This story nudges us to think about who our neighbors are and how we can welcome them. This Healings and Miracles unit in Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum encourages us to think about how we can help others at any age and at any stage in our lives.
Sessions included in this unit:
• Friends Who Help (Luke 5:17–26)• Jesus Heals a Woman and a Girl (Luke 8:40–56)• Jesus Heals with Words (John 4:46–54)• A Canaanite Woman Does Not Give Up (Matthew 15:21–28)
Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum invites children and their leaders to wonder, play, and connect with one another as they develop a better relationship with God. By exploring the stories in Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, children and their leaders learn more about who God is and what their relationship is with God. This curriculum has 35 units filled with 148 stories from the story Bible that dive deep into characters and themes in the Bible. Children and their leader will read the story together from the story Bible, pause to allow the story to resonate, and then engage with the story and wrestle with their place in that story.
Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum is written for ages 5–10 and is intentionally multiage, meaning that children are all grouped together. Grouping children this way brings a relational focus to the sessions and fosters a collaborative spirit. The curriculum also includes an intergenerational component with four suggestions for intergenerational and home ideas for each session within a unit. Those ideas include suggestions for things to do in worship, more education-focused ideas, ways to connect with one another, and mission ideas. This adds another dimension to learning and helps the children connect to the congregation, creating a holistic approach to children’s ministry.