Jesus’ Helping Power

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Jesus turned water into wine. This object lesson explores this
miracle and shows kids how they can help each other to grow as
Christians–even if they cannot perform miracles.

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What you’ll need:
Large bowl of water
Pitcher with presweetened red powered-drink mix
Wooden spoon
Plastic glasses
Smocks (to prevent an accidental spill on clothes)

Gather children around the table on which you’ve placed the
large bowl of water, the pitcher with the presweetened, red
powdered-drink mix, the wooden spoon, and the plastic glasses.

Say: Jesus wants us to be helpers! A
long time ago, Jesus helped people at a family wedding party. The
people at the party drank up all the wine, and there was nothing
left to drink! So Jesus told the helpers to fill some jars with
water. Have children put on the smocks. Then direct children to use
the plastic glasses to scoop water from the bowl into the pitcher
that has the powdered-drink mix in the bottom. Have children stir
the mixture.

Then Jesus said, “Pour some of the water out, and give it to the
man in charge of the party.” Help the children pour some of the
drink into their glasses. Suddenly, the people saw that the water
had turned red. The helpers were surprised! The man in charge was
surprised!

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Ask:

• What do you think made our water turn red?
• How do you think Jesus made the water turn red?

Say: I had powdered drink mix in the
pitcher before you put the water in. It wasn’t a miracle; we just
added water to the powdered mix. But Jesus did a real miracle-he
turned water into wine! Jesus is powerful, and he uses his power to
help others. Jesus wants you to help others too.

Ask:

• [Child's name], who are some people you can help? What kinds
of things can you do to help them?

Let the children give examples of ways they can help others.

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