Basic message – Jesus cares about hungry people. One time, He used two fish and five loaves to feed 5,000 people (Matthew 14:15-21).There were even leftovers. If you have the Bible Story made of felt in your Sabbath or Sunday School, use the felt pieces and a the flannel board to tell the story. Have children sit on a rug so they are close to the board.You could also use a Bible or children’s storybook and show pictures.
Activity one: Act out the story, first handing every child a felt fish or plastic loaf of bread.Then allow children to take turns collecting the loaves and fishes in a basket. One alternative is to have cubes of real bread that the children can eat while listening to the story. Check with parents about allergies before passing out bread.
Activity two: Talk about how food grows in gardens. ADRA workers teach people how to grow their own food. Hand the children plastic rakes, hoes and watering cans (available in toy departments) to use during the explanation about growing food; dig, plant seeds, smooth the dirt, hoe, and water. Collect tools and hand out plastic fruit and vegetables that can be“harvested”when a child with a basket walks by. If you can’t use plastic or real fruit, you could use felts with a felt basket and have the children put them on the flannel board.The basket is then carried to market. Repeat a number of times.
Songs – [themes should relate to food, water, God provides.]
Basic message – Jesus healed people because He loved them. (Be sure to explain that Jesus loves everybody and that sometimes people aren’t healed. It doesn’t mean that He doesn’t love them.)ADRA immunizes children against diseases and helps mothers to learn to take good care of their children.
Activity one: Have a doctor’s bag (available in toy departments) with basic supplies or use a pretend bag. Ask a child to pull out an object, then demonstrate using it. Repeat until everyone has been able to stand up front.
Activity two: Set up a fenced area. Get enough stuffed animals so that several (or all) children can participate at once. Hand out the stuffed animals.Tell the children that ADRA workers teach people