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Here is this week’s Roots material if you would like to use it. I hope you have had a good week and been able to see some friends in the park or garden. Enjoy the next week of school holidays.

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Testing Truth

John 20: 19-31

The story of ‘doubting Thomas’ is often seen as a negative one – the disciple who wouldn’t believe without seeing the risen Jesus – and yet he is someone who just wanted to see the evidence for himself. It would have been easy for Thomas to go along with his friends who had already seen Jesus, but Thomas wanted to experience it for himself in order to believe. The meeting with Jesus provides him with the chance to test the truth for himself.

This week we explore how we come to believe.

Children may have their own ways of testing truth and understanding how we prove things, e.g. through science experiments. It may also be helpful for them to know that one of Jesus’ closest friends struggled to believe without something to see and touch.

A prayer for forgiveness

Jesus, sometimes we are like Thomas,
We want more evidence before we believe in you.
We are sorry when we don’t believe your Word
or those who share your good news with us. Amen.

Stop and share

  • Ask the children what they understand by the word ‘sin’. Talk about sin being the bad things that people do, that go against what God wants.
  • Explain that in the Bible the word ‘Messiah’ means the ‘anointed one’ – someone chosen by God to save the Jewish people, and also a title used for Jesus.

Draw the story                                                                         

You will need: paper, crayons or pens.

  • Read out the story in sections and ask the children to draw a scene for each section which shows what they think are the most important elements of the story, e.g. a picture of Thomas saying he won’t believe.
  • Put the scenes in order, then ask the children to retell the story back to you using their drawings as reference.

What do you believe in?                             

Explore what ‘believing’ really means

  • Ask the children why they think children go on strike, and people volunteer or give money to charity. Discuss how often, if they believe in something, people will want to support that cause or charity.

Hand banner                                                 

Make a reminder of the proof Thomas needed

  • Ask the children to draw round their hand on a piece of card or paper and help them to cut it out if needed.
  • Make a hole in the middle of the palm, then write the words ‘Do not doubt, but believe’ around the hole and decorate the hand cut-out

Story for Young Children use 2 pay figures of you have some

Jesus’ friends were all together, except Thomas wasn’t there. (add all the figures except ‘Thomas’)
Suddenly Jesus was stood with them. His friends were very happy. (add ‘Jesus’)
But Thomas wasn’t there and when the others told him that Jesus was alive, he wasn’t sure he believed this.
(take the figures away)
A week later, Jesus’ friends were all gathered together.
(add all the figures except ‘Thomas’)
And Thomas was there. (add ‘Thomas’)
Jesus came and stood with them again. (add ‘Jesus’)
Thomas touched Jesus’ hands.
‘Now I believe!’ Thomas said.

Talk together and talk to God

  • What is it that makes you believe someone when they tell you something?
  • What are the signs that Jesus did something special in this story?
  • What can we learn from this passage to help share our Christian belief with others?

A prayer for others

God of truth:
For those who doubt: give them certainty.
For those in darkness: give them light.
For those who need to see: give them living proof. Amen

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