BIG IDEA: DON’T GIVE UP
AIM: The ‘Don’t Give Up’ Childrens Lesson on Jairus’ Daughter is a creative lesson that will help you speak to your kids about the importance of keeping on going in their relationship with Jesus, even when things get tough. This is the third session in the ‘Mountain Mover’ teaching series.
- ‘Never Stop’ by Urban Rescue
- ‘God’s Love Don’t Stop’ by Amber Sky Records
- ‘Don’t Ever Stop’ by Chris Tomlin
- ‘Don’t Give up’ HillTop City Life
- ‘Never Give Up’ by Hillsong Kids
- Tug-of-War. Using a tug-of-war rope with a piece of cloth tied to it in the middle, two teams hold each end and must try and pull the other team to their side of the room. The winning team is the team to pull the team over or to pull the cloth over to their side.
- Toilet Roll Roll. See who can race to unravel a toilet roll the fastest. A leader stands with a toilet roll and a pencil through it. The child pulls on the roll until it is finished. [If you are anything like my mum, when you have finished this game you will feel the need to ravel the toilet roll back up so that it can be used and there is no waste!]
- Chomp a Cracker. Children try to eat a dry cracker the fastest without drinking any water. The winner is the child that can eat it the fastest!
[any race or relay would work with this theme – check out the list here]
BIG VERSE: For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7.
SET the Scene:
Read Mark 5:21-43. Explain to the children that this account is also found in the book of Matthew and in Luke. The stories are slightly different but still have the same meaning. They teach us that Jesus can not only heal but raise people from the dead! They show us how powerful Jesus is and that we should never stop believing in Him!
- ‘Daughter of Jairus’ by Max7.org
- ‘Healing of Jairus’ Daughter’ from the Miracle Maker DVD
- ‘Jairus’ Daughter’ by MIss Naomi Williams
- ‘Jesus Heals Jairus’ Daughter’ by Faith Kids Video
- ‘Wake Up’ by GraceLink (for 5-7s)
- Who was Jairus?
- How old was Jairus’ daughter?
- What did Jairus do when he found Jesus?
- How long had the woman been bleeding?
- How did she get healed?
- What did Jesus say to Jairus when he heard his daughter was dead?
- Who went into the girl’s room with Jesus?
- What happened to the girl?
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) Don’t Give Up.
Show these clips from ‘Finding Nemo.’ Explain that both Nemo and his dad had to learn what it means to keep going and never give up. You could also have a few new jars laid out on a table. Ask a couple of volunteers to see if they could open one in under ten seconds.
Say: In those movie clips Nemo and Dory taught Marlin how to keep going. They never gave up because they believed in what they were doing. Marlin never gave up searching for Nemo either. It is always easy to give up but not always easy to keep going. Have you ever wished you could give up on something? [Get response] Did you give up? [Get feedback] If so, how did it make you feel? [Get feedback]
Ecclesiastes 9:11 says;
I also realized something else here on earth that is senseless:
The fast runner does not always win the race.
The strong army does not always win the battle.
The wise man does not always have food.
The smart man does not always become wealthy.
And the man with special skills does not always receive praise.
Bad things happen to everyone.
Something bad had happened to Jairus’ daughter. Bad things happen to good people. Yet Jairus didn’t stop believing and having faith in Jesus. Even when he was told his daughter had died, Jesus reminded him “Don’t be afraid. Just believe” (Mark 5:36) Jairus knew that Jesus could heal – that’s why he went to him for help… but what about raising people from the dead? Now Jairus would really have to believe and not give up hope! Is there something that you need to keep believing for? Don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. Jesus is still with you, just as he was with Jairus. Maybe you are thinking about giving up on coming to church. Don’t give up! Perhaps you don’t think a family member could come to know Jesus or get healed… don’t give up! You never know what God will do, but if you give up you’ll never know! Don’t give up.
2) We Pray Because We Believe.
You or one of your team will need to share a personal testimony of how you/they believed and carried on praying even when things got difficult and it was hard to believe. Your/their situation does not have to be resolved – sometimes it is good for children to see that we are living through the situation and still praising God and seeking His face.
Say: It can be tough to keep going and not give up when you really want to give up. I’ve felt like that myself. [Share personal story here.]
I keep on praying because I believe. I believe that just as Jesus was with Jairus and could speak words of encouragement to him to “just believe” he is with me and can speak to me today. I believe that God can do the impossible. I believe that He can overcome any problem – any mountain – because He is my mountain mover! I believe that nothing is too difficult for him even when it gets really tough. I believe that He knows what is best and He loves me. I keep praying because even when He doesn’t answer my prayers the way I would like, I know He is good.
Ephesians 6:18 says,
Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all God’s people.
We pray because we believe in a God who loves us and who will never leave us. We pray because we believe. What and who are you praying for today? Don’t give up. Keep praying!
SEARCH the Scriptures:
Scrap Paper Search. Shred lots of scrap paper and put it in a massive container that children can put their feet into. Add the bible verses below on some slips of paper. If you want to make it more difficult for older children, only use the bible references and encourage them to find them in the bible afterwards and read them together.
Bible Verses about Not Giving Up:
Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes. Pray at all times. Romans 12:12.
Then God will strengthen you with his own great power. And you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient. Then you will joyfully give thanks to the Father. He has made you able to have all that he has prepared for his people who live in the light. Colossians 1:11-12.
We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time. We must not give up! Galatians 6:9.
You have followed my teaching about not giving up. So I will keep you from the time of trouble that will come to the whole world. This trouble will test those who live on earth. Revelation 3:10.
When a person is tempted and still continues strong, he should be happy. After he has proved his faith, God will reward him with life forever. God promised this to all people who love him. James 1:12.
Brothers, never become tired of doing good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13.
Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all God’s people. Ephesians 6:18.
- What does it mean to keep going?
- What are you finding difficult right now?
- How can Jesus help you?
- How can others help you?
- When you get through this, how might you be able to help others?
SENSE How You Feel:
How did it feel for Jairus to see his daughter raised from the dead?
- Re-enact the bible story with different people acting in the different roles. How did the people feel at the time? Ask the children to imagine how they would feel and act it out.
- Create a scene of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter using the clip art from freechristianillustrations.com
- Write a song or draw a picture of how Jairus would have felt to see his daughter alive again!
Say: Is there something that you are struggling to get through at the moment? Maybe you are having a problem at home or in school and you don’t know how things are ever going to get better. Don’t give up. Keep praying and keep asking Him for help. He is with you!
Print off the ‘Just Believe’ printable and place them at the front of the room. Put some quiet music on such as: ‘Even when it Hurts’ by Hillsong United. Encourage the children to listen to the song and receive prayer from the leaders [if needed] or to come up and get a printable when they feel ready to keep going for Jesus.