Mary Anoints Jesus

Mary's Gift

Mary’s Gift

A week before our LORD went to the cross to purchase our redemption, He was honored at a dinner . Lazarus sat with Jesus and His disciples at the table while Martha served.  Mary came , bringing with her an alabaster flask of precious oil which cost approximately a year’s wages.  Matthew 26:7 and Mark 14:3 expound on the details stating that  Mary honored her Lord by anointing His head with the fragrant oil.  Then she proceeded to anoint Jesus’ feet with the rest of the oil and wipe them with her hair. What a lavish display of love and devotion! But the texts read that the disciples became indignant and criticized her sharply because it was thought that the oil should have been sold and the money given to the poor.  This idea was probably ignited by Judas, who held the purse for the group and used to steal the funds from it. Jesus came to Mary’s defense showing His appreciation of her gift with the added words “…Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

Mary’s gift – worksheet

Pre-cut  the slit  with x-acto for Mary’s hair to slide through.  Color page, including “accessories” then separate page and cut them out.  Take a 3 1/2 inch long piece of cardboard and at the top of this lay 6 pieces of  black heavyduty thread  (4 inches long)  which you will tape on each side.  Wrap black thread at least 50 times around the length of your cardboard.  Gather your threads at the top, remove tape and make a couple of tight knots. Trim threads leaving about an inch  and cut all the threads at the bottom of the cardboard which will give you a nice “ponytail”. Take a small piece of magic tape and wrap this around your 12 threads at the top of the ponytail…press to give you a stiff end to thread your ponytail through the slit you have made.  Trim “hair” if needed.  Add a small dot of tacky glue to where you will attach the bandana piece and a dot under the top of the ponytail , and press for a minute. If you don’t want the hair to swish around add a small piece of rolled tape to the bottom of her hair. ( underneath).  It might be a good idea to bring an old toothbrush in case the “hair” gets tangled. Optional: add vase and flowers


Waiting for the Promise

Waiting for the Promise

About 120 follower’s of Jesus were assembled in Jerusalem waiting for the promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit was given to fill them with the power needed to be His  fearless witnesses  “unto the uttermost part of the earth”, guide them into all truth and bring to remembrance all Christ had taught them.  After being baptized with the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Peter preached his first sermon and about 3,000 souls were added to the church. (Do you remember when Moses came down with the Law, he had to administer judgement as a result of the people’s idolatry and about 3,000 people perished?)  “…for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6.

Pentecost worksheet

Pentecost worksheet

I used a heart-hole punch  to makes the flames by cutting yellow hearts in half.

For an alternate project check out the post on May 21, 2012 ,”God’s Holy Convocations – part one

My class this year is 2nd and 3rd graders. I added some “fill in the blank” to go with this lesson page … the kids are learning to look up bible verses so it really teaches them about the Holy Spirit. Here are the verses I chose…
*Acts 1:8
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ me to be a witness for Jesus. (Empowers) if it helps, you can write the first letter in the blank!

*John 14:16
He lives in me _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .

*John 16:13
He guides me into all _ _ _ _ _. (Truth)

*Romans 8:26
He _ _ _ _ _ for me. (Prays)

*John 16:8
He convicts the world of _ _ _. (Sin)

*Romans 8:16
He bears witness with my spirit that I am a _ _ _ _ _ of _ _ _. (Child of God)

If you have time have the kids look up 1st Thess. 5:19 and explain that the Spirit can be quenched which will take some explanation and definitions. I drew a picture of a hose watering a flower and then asked them what happens when the hose gets a kink…. or some electrical appliance that loses its power when the cord gets unplugged… they can write this verse wherever there is room on the paper.

Peter is Restored

Illustrated by Aaron Ernst
Peter Restored
I always recommend coloring the fish and main page , before cutting and gluing the rest of the fish.  If you have any “tulle” (and the color is not too outrageous) you can cut out a rectangle shape to glue over the fish…that way they look like they  are caught in the net.

Doubting Thomas

You will need brass brads for the arm.Cut page in half and cut door with e-xacto blade .(or at least start with an initial cut, if you want the kids to cut out the door themselves…there is a dotted line to guide them)  Glue around edges of doors and place over the figures after coloring.Be careful or you will cover the words.  Poke Thomas’ arm with something so you can insert the brad, then poke his shoulder as you will not have the space to use a hole-punch.

Jesus Serves

Jesus has been teaching the disciples for 3 years and  even up to their “last supper”, they are still discussing and contending among themselves who is “the greatest”. Usually the job of the most menial servant, Jesus gives them an example by washing their feet and shares an amazing principle: “Whoever wishes to be great among you, must be your servant”.  In John 13:17, He even adds that the key to happiness is serving others.  Have kids write out ideas for being a servant.  I’ve included several ideas to get them started.  Optional: add hearts.

Watch and Pray

We read the answers to the disciple’s questions , “What will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age, and when will the temple be destroyed?” in the Olivet Discourse,   recorded for us in Matthew 24-25, Luke 21 and Mark 13.  The disciples had been admiring the magnificent stones of the temple after Jesus had drawn attention to the munificent “two mite” gift of the poor widow.  She had  cast into the temple treasury her whole living, and now Jesus had shocked the disciples by declaring the future of that great edifice.You will need black construction paper for the eyelashes and pupil.  Use “white-out” to make the “sparkle” in the pupil and curl your eyelashes with a pencil.  Your eyeball is just a circle that will fit in the eye shape that you have cut out.   Use colors to match your kid’s eye color.  For the main page you will need a piece of card stock that is not white because you will glue a white piece of card stock for the “white of their eyes” and you want there to be a contrast. Have kids write the verse as shown. “Therefore KEEP WATCH      because you do not know on what day your LORD will come” Matt 24:42. E-mail me if you have questions about how to place the eyelid.Are you ready for the Lord’s return by watching and praying always “that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son Man?” (Luke 21:36)  Don’t be like the scoffers , who walk after their own fleshly desires and say, “Where is the promise of His coming?…Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord does not delay…but is long-suffering toward you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…”2 Peter 3

Make a red heart out of construction paper and pleat like a fan.  Glue tops of heart to page , leaving 3/4 inch to glue weights. Cut “weights” out of black paper.  I cut 2 shapes…write types of “weights” with silver gel pens( I used anxieties of life, drugs & alcohol, worry, too much stuff, worldliness) and glue to top of heart.  Write verse as shown “Take Heed… Lest your heart     be weighed   down… glue tip of heart into a twine lasso and write the rest of the verse…”and that day come on you suddenly like a trap!  Luke 21:34.

Jesus Stills the Storm

After a busy day of teaching to a large crowd, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” (Mark 4:36 tells us that there were also other boats with them!) Jesus fell asleep in the stern of the boat  and a furious storm of wind arose and beat upon the boat.  The disciples woke Him up in a panic, forgetting His words…that they were going to the other side of the lake. After he rebuked the waves and the wind, and calm was restored ,the disciples were ” filled with great awe and feared exceedingly and said to one another, Who then is this, that even the wind and sea obey Him?”

To demonstrate “fear”, place Jacob’s Ladders under your figures.  For a good demonstration go to “you – tube” and look up “how to make a jacob’s ladder ” uploaded by rostichery. ( Easy to do but hard to explain)