Note to parents and leaders: I like Ralph Milton’s adaption of today’s scripture for children. Because small children will have a hard time understanding castration, the reasons for it as well as it’s implications, Milton’s version of the story is changed to that of a person who is small.
Have you ever been teased or heard someone being teased? How do you think it feels to be teased by others? Allow children to answer. Sometimes people get teased because of how they look, or things they do. People were even teased in the time of Jesus.
Our scripture story today comes from the book of Acts. In this story, Taharka was often teased about being small. Let’s read to find out what he learns. Read Acts 8:26-38 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year B. Taharka knew what it felt like to suffer for something that wasn’t his fault. He couldn’t help that he was small, but people teased him anyway. He worked really hard to be the best person he could be, but sometimes he still found it hard to love himself. He almost couldn’t believe that God loved him no matter what. Do you ever worry that something about you isn’t good enough? Allow children to answer. God loves all people! It doesn’t matter what we look like, if you are smart, or play an instrument, or are good at sports. It doesn’t matter if you are tall or short. GOD LOVES YOU! And Jesus taught us that we should love all people too, especially when they are different from us.
Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.
I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions.
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