1. Take some and pass: Draw and cut out some contraction paper bread. Sit in a circle as family. Pass the “bread” around. As you each take the bread tear off a bit of the “bread” and pass the rest. Count together how many time you can pass the “bread” before it has all been torn and there is nothing left to pass.
Lesson Connection: The more we took of our pretend bread, the less was o pass along. In our bible story today, Jesus blessed the bread and fish and began tearing off bits and passing it to others to do the same. By God’s power, the never ran out of bread! Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. Jesus preformed miracles to glorify God and to prove He is God the Son. When we believe in Jesus, God forgives our sins and gives us brand new lives.
2. Fish and Loaves Needs: Have children cut out several fish and or bread shapes (ovals and rectangles for younger kids). Write on the shapes things they worry about, or needs they have (ie. Math homework, Not being able to see friends, some you know is sick…)
Lesson Connection: Today we heard a Bible story about a time that Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. That was a miracle! Jesus cared about the people and provided food for them to eat. Jesus cares about us too. He cares about (fill in the blank with a need written on the “fishes” or “breads”). We can trust Jesus to give us everything we need. That might not look like with we think we need, but everything Jesus does is for His glory and our good.
3. Bake some Soda Bread: Bake some Irish soda bread (for a quick bread) together
As you make it, and enjoy eating it (I would suggest with butter and honey — delicious!) Talk about how Jesus feed 5, 000 men with five loaves of bread and two fishes. It was a miracle. It not only glorified God but it proved that Jesus was God’s Son. Jesus cared for the people, he had compassion on them. Jesus cares for us as well. He loves us. He died for us. Jesus can and will provided for our needs.
Jesus’ disciples had been working hard, teaching people and healing them. Jesus called them to go away with Him to a desolate place so they could rest. By now, Jesus’ popularity was so great that finding a place to be alone was difficult. When Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee, the crowd of people were already waiting for them on the other side.
Jesus saw the crowds. He wasn’t frustrated or angry. He didn’t tell them to go away. Instead, He had compassion on them because they were lost — like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks and save the lost. (Luke 19”10; John 10:14)
The miracle Jesus preformed that evening — feeding 5,000 men plus women and children — is the only miracle during Jesus’ early ministry that is recoded in all four Gospels. God was clearly at work. The same God who provided manna for the Israelites in the wilderness multiplied loaves and fish to satisfy the crowd.
But Jesus’ didn’t intend to only meet the people’s physical needs. He came to satisfy their spiritual needs as well. In John 6:35, Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” He said that no one who comes to Him will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Him will ever be thirsty again.
Jesus is the bread that came down from heaven. (John 6:41) God provided His Son as the perfect sacrifice to take away our sin. At the first Lord’s Supper, Jesus broke bread — a symbol of HIs death on the cross. (Matthew 26:26)
God can and will provided for our needs. We can trust Him for our “daily bread” (Matthew 6:11) God met our greatest need in giving us salvation through Jesus. Will He not graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
Matarial and Activites used in this lesson plan are from: The Gosple Life Project, LifeWay; Saddleback Kids; Go Fish Resources, Sally's Baking Addiction