Friday, October 16, 2020

Gospel for the Mass: 2/14/21- Mark 1:40-45 (The Cleansing of a Leper)

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Mark 1:40-45

Activities Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc. Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities. Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families Resources on the Sunday Readings (Mark) Hope for the Hopeless object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy lesson Jesus Heals the Man with Leprosy lesson with activities Scroll down to Gospel: Mark 1:40-45

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Coloring Jesus Heals the Leper Scroll down to several different coloring pages Jesus Can Heal Anything clip art image that can be a coloring page clip art image that can be a coloring page Healing of the Leper (storyboard you can color) (page 4) Mark 1:40-45 (page 16)

Crafts Hope for the Hopeless group activities (crafts) Leper Spinner Jesus Heals 10 lepers craft Print out paper dolls. Use ripped fabric that is about ½ inches wide and wrap around the head, arms, and legs. Use tape or glue to secure. Explain to the students that no one wanted to help the man with leprosy because they were afraid to get it. Lepers must beg for their food and have to use rags to wrap their sores. First Aid Kit Don’t Forget To Say Thank You (crafts) Jesus Heals a Leper Soap Craft

Introduce craft: Why was the leper thankful? What are some good gifts God gives us? What are you thankful for? What can you do to thank God for these gifts? When are sometimes you can thank God? Thankful Sunflower Paper Plate Craft (all ages can do this craft!) Sunflower Plant We Thank God (craft) I am Thankful for . . . (mini book the children make) I am Thankful (mini book the children make) I am Thankful For (craft you can change decoration to whatever you want)

Games Hope for the Hopeless group activities (games) Play A Musical Chairs Thank You Game (scroll down for this)

Introduce game: How were lepers treated during Biblical times? The Jesus Walk Bible Studies Series

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. Lots of leper games posted here.

*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. "U" are in JesUs
Make this a game by finding out who can find the most words that have "U" in them

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.) Thankful Pictionary
Supplies: Dry erase board, dry erase markers

Break the class up into teams (or during their small-group time) have each team write out a list of all the things that they are thankful to God for. Then sit them down in front of the dry erase board for a game of Pictionary. Collect the lists and have the teams compete in Pictionary using objects that you choose from the lists.

The games below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.

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.

Introduction for all 3 games that are below- Sometimes, we may find ourselves in a situation where we are uncomfortable. There may come a time in our lives when we find ourselves in a situation that is truly hopeless like the leper. When that happens, where can we turn? How do we find hope in a hopeless situation? We can turn to Jesus. When the situation is hopeless, Jesus is our only hope.

Jesus Is Our Savior File Folder Game- Jesus is our rescuer and offers us a lifeline when we’re trapped in sin. How can we solve the problems in our life? Jesus is our savior and if we follow him, he will show us the way.

Making The Right Decisions Games-
WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?): Making the right decisions in life is hard to do, but if you let Jesus be your guide and think, “What Would Jesus Do?” it will make it a lot easier.

Moral Dilemmas Card Game: Why do problems come into our life? People face problems every day. Some are harder than others. There are many choices that the person can have to solve his/her problem, but which one is the best? What would Jesus want us to do?

Puzzles/Worksheets Anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, maze, word mining sheets, word searches, etc. Word Search Word Search Decoder Crossword Crossword Crossword Mark 1:40-45 Worksheet Mark 1:40-45 Kid’s Bulletin (scroll down for this) Questions On Mark 1:40-45 For Group Leaders (questions that can easily be made into a worksheet) Bible Study Questions for Mark 1:40-45 (questions that can easily be made into a worksheet) Mark 1:40-45 (scroll down to questions that can easily be made into a worksheet)

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