The Kind Woman

The Kind Woman

 (Bible Overview #50 of 54)

One Main Truth:  Faithfulness in small things causes leading in large things

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1 GAME: Last First

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game Players help each other get to there place / In the Bible Peter helped the woman by praying for her / In our Life We can help others and honor God

  1. Have everyone stand on a line.
    2. Number the players one to ten (or depending on how many are playing).
    3. Tell the whole group to switch positions on the line without falling off the line. 
    4. If the first player is on the left end of the line, the player should end up on the right end of the line.
    5. The order of the players should remain exactly how it was before, only in reverse.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Matthew 25

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game Players help each other get to there place / In the Bible Peter helped the woman by praying for her / In our Life We can help others and honor God

The Famous Preacher: One day, a man was buying vegetables at the local vendor. An old lady, who was standing next to him, dropped some tomatoes. The man quickly bent down and picked up the tomatoes. As he looked at the old lady, she said, “Thank you, son.” He recognised her as his old Maths teacher from School, Mrs Tabitha! She was the kindest woman in the whole world! She looked up at him and said, “Son, aren’t you the famous Preacher, Emmannuel?” He replied, ” Yes, ma’am.  And you taught me everything I preach today!” 

As he reminisced his childhood, the man remembered Mrs Tabitha, who always cared for every child. He was weak in her subject and she gently encouraged him to do better. Through her actions, she taught him the value of patience, kindness, compassion, generosity, selflessness, and understanding. She reminded him so much of Dorcas from the Bible, whose other name was Tabitha too! What a coincidence!

Dorcas or Tabitha: Dorcas made clothes for many poor and needy widows. She spent all her time doing ‘acts of charity.’ She was a kind woman who dedicated her life for the welfare of needy people, a generous and selfless woman who was loved by one and all in the city of Joppa. One day, Dorcas fell sick and died. Everyone was deeply saddened. 

Apostle Peter was in a nearby town called Lydda.  When Peter saw the mourners he realised he how much they loved her. He sent them all out of the room and knelt down looking up to heaven and prayed. Then, he turned towards her and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes and looked at Peter. He held her hand and raised her up. He
called her friends from outside. They saw with their own eyes that Dorcas had come to life again! What a marvelous testimony!

Both the Tabithas impacted the lives of the people around them. They were remembered for their good deeds. The young boy who was once her little maths student became a great Preacher; an Ambassador for God! He preached about all the qualities his teacher showed to him. If she had not been so kind to him, he would’ve not reached where he had today.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all…” (Galatians 6:10). When you are happy helping and doing good things for others, they will do the same for you. God wants us to help each other. Do not grow weary of helping others.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game Players help each other get to there place / In the Bible Peter helped the woman by praying for her / In our Life We can help others and honor God

Memory Verse:   “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much”  Matthew 25:21b

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
What a challenging game, you looked like ants on a stick in the water!
How did you stay on the line and yet change the order of how you were standing?
How did it make you feel when someone helped you get to where you were going?

2. Bible
How did Peter help Dorcas?
When he prayed, who healed the woman?
What was Dorcas known for? (people knew she was kind)

3. Life
Repeat after me: “God, thank you for Dorcas, thank you she was kind and became famous because of her kindness. Remind me kindness brings You glory God. God how can I be kind in my life? *pause*.  Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Divide the class into pairs. One child stands with their arms clasped behind their back, while the second child stands behind the first and puts their arms through the gaps
between the first child’s elbows. We see that the second child’s arms are now the helping hands of the first child! Choose actions and let the children work together as one. (Help scratch the nose. Help open a book. Help eat a snack. Help button the
collar. Help set hair. Help write name on the board.) Together we can accomplish more (TEAM).

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