Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story The Thankful Leper
- state what you should say when someone does something kind
- name things that they are thankful for
- discuss why it is important to tell Jesus and God “Thank you”
- state what they should say when someone says “Thank you” to them
- discuss how lepers were treated during biblical times
Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)
leprosy- disease that mainly affects the skin that causes tissue change and in severe cases loss of sensation and disfigurement contagious- transmitted from one person to another either by direct contact with the person or by indirect contact pity- a feeling of sadness because of another person’s trouble or suffering, or the capacity to feel this healed- cured, ailment or sickness gone faith- belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof
Introduction to story: Have you ever done something kind and no one said thank you? How did it make you feel? How do you feel when someone says “Thank you” to you when you have done something? What should you say when someone says “Thank you” to you?
Read story: "The Thankful Leper" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: How do you think God feels when you say “Thank you” to Him? Why should we thank God? Why is it important to take time to thank God?
dltk-bible.com- Jesus Heals the Man with Leprosy lesson with lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc.
kidsclubs4jesus.com- Jesus Heals a Leper (Mark 1:40-45) lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).
clclutheran.org- Click on Lessons on the left side bar. Under New Testament Lessons click on View individual lessons and levels. Scroll down to: The Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19) and click on the level you want.
calvarycurriculum.com- Jesus Heals Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19) lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
sundayschoolsources.com- Jesus Heals Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19) lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc.
gardenofpraise.com- Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19) lesson with questions, tests, puzzles, coloring picture, etc.
mssscrafts.com- The Leper Who Said Thank You (under Jesus’ Ministry) with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs (Luke 17:11-19)
sermons4kids.com- The Thankful Leper (Luke 17:17) object lesson with coloring pages, group activities, puzzles, quiz
Leprosy in Biblical times was a terrible thing. We're not exactly sure what Biblical leprosy was. While it may have described what is known today as "Hansen's Disease," the word probably included other skin diseases, as well. Whatever it was, once a person caught it, it was considered incurable, and those diagnosed with leprosy were banned from society.
"The person with such an infectious disease must wear torn clothes, let his hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of his face and cry out, 'Unclean! Unclean!' As long as he has the infection he remains unclean. He must live alone; he must live outside the camp" (Leviticus 13:45-46).
While early Israelites didn't operate on the Germ Theory of disease, they understood something about infectious diseases, and those suspected of leprosy were kept isolated until their diagnosis was confirmed (Leviticus 13:5). But the loathing directed at lepers was not merely fear of a disease. Leprosy made a person ritually unclean. To touch a leper defiled a Jew almost as much as touching a dead person. In a sense, leprosy was a sign of God's disfavor.
Later Jewish practice prescribed that while lepers might attend synagogue, they must be the first to enter and last to leave, and must stay in a special compartment to isolate them from the other worshippers. No less than a distance of four cubits (six feet) must be kept from a leper.
To the rabbis, the cure of a leper was as difficult as raising a person from the dead. In all Biblical history only two people had been cured of leprosy -- Miriam, who had leprosy for seven days as a punishment for speaking against Moses' leadership (Numbers 12:9-15), and Naaman, general of the army of Aram, an heathen from Damascus (2 Kings 5). When he obeyed Elijah's instruction to wash seven times in the Jordan River he was healed. Healing a leper had not been done in Israel for seven hundred years, and was thought to be an earmark of the Messianic Age (Luke 7:22), when leprosy would no longer afflict people.
*Scroll down to Lazarus Come Out Game- (just change it to Leper Come Out Game.) Explain to the students that no one wanted to be around lepers and that lepers had to hide from others. Jesus wants us to be kind to everyone so we have to find the leper to help him. Hide the leper under one of the cups, mix them up, and have each student try to find the leper. You can also have each student make their own leper out of a clothespin and give them 3 cups to play the game with each other or at home.
sermons4kids.com- "U" are in JesUs
Make this a game by finding out who can find the most words that have "U" in them
Race to Draw Power and Thanks (Jesus is Powerful)- A fun low energy level game with complete directions, supply list, what to say, and post game discussion questions. Through a drawing race, kids will discover Jesus' power to heal ten lepers and will think of things for which they can thank Jesus. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children's Ministry by Group
Publishing, pages 122 & 123).
Praise Phrases- When Jesus healed and sent away 10 lepers, only one came back and praised God for His gift of healing. God’s gifts to us bring us joy and cause our thankfulness to overflow. Let’s play a game to give God thanks and praise for all His good gifts. (The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 187.)
Who Gave Thanks To God: (card game) Are you thankful to God? Here is a fun game about Biblical characters that are thankful to God.
The object of the game is to match more pairs of cards than the opposing player(s). On each turn, the player will turn over two cards (one at a time) and will read them out loud (or someone else can read the cards for them). The player keeps them if they match (the question card is answered correctly by matching it with the proper picture card). The cards are color coded to avoid confusion of which pair of cards match (each matching pair shares the same text box color). If the player successfully match a pair of cards, that player also gets to take another turn. When a player turns over two cards that do not go together, those cards are turned face down again where they were found and it becomes the next player’s turn.
The Lepers File Folder Game: The objective is to return to Jesus first to thank him. Place your markers on the START square. The player rolls the die and moves that number on the board. The player then follows the directions on the square they landed on. If they land on a ? space, the player to their right draws a card and reads the question out loud. (If they cannot read, the teacher or someone else can read it for them). On each card is a question about The Lepers. If they answer correctly, they stay where they are. If they are not correct, they go back to where they were. The first player to the picture of the man thanking Jesus wins. The players do not have to get the exact number to land on the picture. Continue playing to find out who comes in second, third, fourth, etc. place.
Introduce snack: One leper who was cured came back to say something to Jesus. What did he say? (Thank you)
Here is a great way to say “Thank you” to someone. Make one of these to give to someone to thank them for something nice they have done for you. (Make one of these ideas and enjoy some of them while you are making it for someone.)
familycorner.com- Conversation Heart Cookies
Express your thanks in a big way by putting a message on a heart shaped cookie.
recipegoldmine.com- Gift Jar Recipes (beverage, bread, cake & pie, candy, cookie, goodies for pets, seasonings, snack, soup, etc.)
Simple Appreciation Gift
• Jar with lid
• Candy as explained below
Get a jar from the dollar store. Make a card thanking the person for all they have done and sign it. Tape the card to the jar. Put the note below on the jar lid and candy inside.
Note: “You’re my lifesaver! Thank you for all your hard work! From: _____” (Fill the jar with individual wrapped Life Savers candy.)
Note: “You planted the seeds of knowledge in me. From: _____” (Put individual bags of sunflower seeds in jar.)
Note: “You are worth a fortune! Thank you for all you do! From: _____” (Fill the jar with 100 Grand candy bars.)
Note: “Hugs and kisses for everything you do! From: _____” (Fill the jar with Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses candy.)
Note: “You deserve a Carefree week-end. You are a much appreciated group of teachers and staff! From: _____” (Fill the jar with Carefree gum.)
*There are lots of other ideas that you can do. Just use your imagination and fill up the jar.
Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:
Giving Thanks- Writing prompt. Three things that I am most thankful for and explain why they are so special to you.
Ten Men with Leprosy- Follow the directions to color all ten men. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons, page 69).
Jesus healed 10 men, but only one said “Thank you.” Find all the mistakes in this picture of the healed man thanking Jesus. On October 28 page from More 365 Activities for Kids.
dltk-bible.com- Jesus Heals the Man with Leprosy puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, maze, word-mining sheets, word searches, etc.)
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