A Lesson on Thankfulness

With the Thanksgiving holiday, it was the perfect time to teach the Primary Class a lesson on thankfulness and being grateful.

In Luke 17, we find the story of the 10 lepers.  Luke 17:12 says “And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off”.

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When the lepers saw Jesus, they called out to Him, and Jesus, having compassion, told the lepers to show themselves to the priest.  As the lepers were making their way to the priest, all ten were cleansed.  Only one leper, however, returned to thank Jesus and through his faith, he was made whole.

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To illustrate the leper story to the Primary Class, we had several actresses act out the scene for the children.  Damp toilet tissue was placed on the lepers arms to represent the disease.  Once Jesus healed the lepers, the “disease” easily and quickly rubbed off of their arms.

At the end of the lesson, the kids made a leper finger puppet craft.  Each child was given a set of gloves, a handful of wiggly eyes, band aids, and hair to make people out of the fingers of the gloves.

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One side of the gloves represents the ten lepers, while the other side represents the cleansed lepers.  Once the kids finished their gloves, they learned a new song- Jesus Heals All the Lepers. (tune of 10 Little Indians)

One little, two little, three little lepers.

 Four little, five little, six little lepers.

 Seven little, eight little, nine little lepers.

Ten little leprous men.

 Jesus healed all the lepers,

Jesus healed all the lepers, 

Jesus healed all the lepers,

Jesus healed them all.

 One little, two little, three little men.

 Four little, five little, six little men.

 Seven little, eight little, nine little men.

 Nine little men ran home.

(Holding up one finger)  One little man bowed by Jesus, 

One little man bowed by Jesus,

 One little man bowed by Jesus,

and shouted THANK YOU JESUS.

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The kids really enjoyed the craft and the illustrated lesson.  It is our hope that by seeing lessons acted out (such as the lepers being immediately healed) that the children are able to grasp a deeper understanding of His Holy Word and Jesus’ wondrous works.

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Psalms 107:1

~Peace and blessings!

P.S Check back in a few days for pictures and videos from the Thanksgiving program!

Also, a special thanks to Owen for creating a wonderful art piece for his Sunday School teacher.

owen art

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