Materials for Families – Sunday 19 July

We’re following along with the Faith in Kids podcast.

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Travelling with Jesus #3 – A POSH HOUSE

Ed and Jam are travelling with Jesus to a posh house. More fun facts about weird houses, including tiny ones and one that’s under water. And Jam reveals what he’s really good at. It’s a surprisingly useless skill. We’re in Matthew 9:9-13 and thinking about Jesus eating with tax collectors.

Planning when to do this

Hopefully you’ve getting into the swing of things now. For more thoughts on how and when to use these ideas, see the intro from a few week’s ago.

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There are five ideas below, three for over 5s and two for under 5s. Feel free to use any that you think will serve you well.

Use the crafts and colouring sheets while you listen to the podcast (make sure you’ve got the materials you need first!). And use them to reinforce the teaching ideas.

The printable sheet for over 5s this week is here.

For under 5s the first idea can be found on this printable sheet and the Free Bible Image’s PowerPoint is here and the story to go with the pictures is here.

All the instructions below are also included on the sheet – if you’d prefer just to hit print and then stop looking at the screen, go ahead!

Here are Ed’s discussion questions:

Try all the questions if you can, they get harder as you go!

Under 7s

Do you remember what shocked the religious leaders, what made the religious readers go WHAT?!

Over 8s

If Jesus walked up to you and said ‘Hey, follow me’ and expected you to drop everything, what would you think, say, or do next?


Sometimes we can think like the Pharisees when we look at other people and think ‘I’m so good and they’re not’. When we do that what mistake are we making? What might a better thing to think?

Idea 1 – Who needs Jesus

Print the picture cards on page 2 of the printable sheet onto card or stiff paper and carefully cut them out.
Lay cards 1-6 face down (keep card 7 separate for now).
Take it in turns to choose a card to turn over. Look at the picture on the card and together talk about:-

➢ Who the person in the picture is?
➢ What do they do?
➢ When would someone need a person like this?

➢ Do you need a person like this right now?

When you have looked at and discussed all the pictures, look at picture 7.

➢ Who is the person in picture 7?
➢ What did Jesus come to do?
➢ Why do we need Jesus?

➢ When do we need Jesus?

Jesus came for everyone. Not just for people who are good, or clever, or kind, or caring. No-one can ever be good enough, or clever enough, or kind enough, or caring enough that they don’t need Jesus.
We all need Jesus to make us right with God. We need to walk closely with Jesus every day. We need Him all the time.

Read or listen to Matthew 9:9-13 and spend some time together talking to Jesus and thanking Him for what He has done for us.

Idea 2 – Story

Print Page 3 of the printable sheet.

Idea 3 – The Bible Times Herald

Print page 4 of the printable sheet.

Idea 1 for under 5s – Act it out

Before the session – Set up one area as a tax collector’s booth (e.g. a chair and table) and another area for dinner at Matthew’s house (e.g. a dining room table). Print slides 11 and 12 from the PowerPoint.

During the session – One person plays the part of Jesus and another plays Matthew. Read through the passage, acting out the parts and moving from the tax collector’s booth to Matthew’s house. Use slide 11 for the tax collectors and sinners (v10) and slide 12 for the Pharisees (v11). You could swap roles afterwards and act it out again to help reinforce the story.   

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Idea 2 for under 5s – Story

Print the Free Bible Images pictures from this printable PowerPoint (or display on a device to save ink!) and read through the story that accompanies the pictures from this printable sheet.

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