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The Death of Lazarus

Jesus shows his care for special friends

Reading - John 11: 1 - 45

Kids Talk:

• How many of you have smelly feet at times? - Discuss
• Who in your family has the smelliest feet? What are the worst shoes they wear? - Discuss
• (Take along a smelly pair of shoes for the kids to smell)
• Now that smell might be bad, but the smell in the cave where they placed Lazarus would have been much worse.
• Lazarus had been dead for some days and each day the smell would have become worse
• The onlookers even warned Jesus this would have been the case
• But Jesus at this time was very very sad.
• Lazarus was one of his special friends, together with Mary and Martha
• He wept and wept with them in their sadness.
• He saw that their grief was so bad he felt he had to do something to help them
• That is when he called out to Lazarus to come out of the funeral cave.
• God make this happen and Lazarus came out of the cave with the funeral wrapping on him (Explain how they wrap the body and put embalming oil on the body)
• Being a friend of Jesus was something special in the 1st century and still is the case today
• Those of us who claim Jesus as a friend, and live our lives by his standards know how special this is.
• Let us say a short prayer of thanks to Jesus for being a special friend to us. (Compose a simple prayer)

Kids Church Activity:
Activity: To make the cave Lazarus was placed in

1 Have the children trace and cut one cave from a paper bag and one cave from construction paper using the pattern. They should glue them together with the paper bag side on top.
2 Allow the children to outline the cave with a black marker and write the memory verse on it.
3 Show how to cut a slot along the inside bottom rim of the tray, approximately 12cm long. Have the child set it aside.
4 Give each child a wooden clothespin. Show how to wrap white wool around the clothespin from the top to the bottom, leaving just the "head" and "feet" exposed.
5 The children should wrap several layers of wool around the clothespin and glue it in the back. Show how to glue a thin craft stick up inside the wool, leaving about 4cm extending down between the feet. Allow the children to draw two eyes on the "head" with a black marker.
6 Allow a couple of minutes for the clothespin to dry, then show how to slide Lazarus inside the foam tray with the craft stick inserted through the slot. #•
7. Show how to glue the cave to the outer rim of the tray, covering Lazarus.
8 Demonstrate how to slowly move Lazarus to appear in the doorway as the story is retold.

What you need to get ready:
Require: Template (Large version)
• cave pattern • brown paper bags • white wool
• thin craft sticks • glue • scissors • markers
• foam meat trays • wooden clothespin (not spring-type)
• construction paper



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