Trip to Jerusalem by Jennifer Tolbert
This is the story of what happened when Mary and Joseph took 12-year-old Jesus to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.
1. Jesus knew he was God's son from a young age.
2. Jesus was faithful to God and to his parents as he grew up.
3. We can trust God's plan, even when we don't always understand it.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
Read Your Bible and Pray Every day
Be Still and Know
I Love the Lord Messiah
Said I Wasn't
Shine Jesus Shine
Stand Up and Shout It
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Talk About Homes
Ask the children what they like best about their home. Who is in their home? What makes it feel like home? Say: Today, we are talking about a time when Jesus was just a boy. He was supposed to be going home but he felt just as at home in the temple. Why do you think that is?
2. Simple Maze
Give the kids a simple maze. Talk about the idea of finding your way. Today, we are going to talk about Mary and Joseph had to find their way back to Jesus.
3. Lost and Found
Ask the kids about what it feels like to be lost? Have they ever gotten lost before? How did they feel? How did their parents feel?
READ Luke 2:41-52 or tell the story of Jesus lost in Jerusalem as a child.
1. How old was Jesus in the story?
2. How do you think Joseph and Mary felt when they couldn't find Jesus?
3. Where did they find Jesus?
4. What did Jesus say when they found him?
Connect the story back to God and his character. Explain how this story fits into God's plan for salvation.
1. Memory Verse Measuring Tapes by Trueway Kids
Supplies: Template, Colors, Scissors, Glue