Toddler Lesson Week 51

Jesus Grows Up!

Key Concepts: Jesus grew up, but he never got too big for God. No matter how big I get, I'll always need God.

Read words in bold for the lesson. The action rhymes are combined with the interactive lesson this week. After each rhyme with actions, ask the children if they would like to do the actions with you as you repeat the rhyme. Rhymes are in italic type. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

Prep: Mark your Bible with these verses: Luke 2:52. Print and make copies of these story pages in either b&w or color (if available). (You may already have pictures 8-11 from Lesson 39, and picture 1 from week 47): 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 5color, 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 8bw, 8color, 9bw, 9color, 10bw, 11bw, 11color.

Print extra pictures to decorate your bulletin board. Make copies of b&w pages that you want to use for coloring pages. Make up The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. They are for use as posters or coloring pages).

Mark your Bible with these verses: Memory verse, Luke 2:49; and Luke 5:16. Other scriptures used as reference for lesson:Luke 2:41-52.

(1, 2) Let's look at the children in these pictures. They are growing and getting taller! God is helping all of you grow up tall and strong too! Did you ever think about what it was like for Jesus when he was growing up? Our Bible tell us that Mary and Joseph took care of Jesus when he was growing up. And God was watching over him. Today we have a Bible story about Jesus when he was 12 years old.

Every year there was a big festival in Jerusalem! It was almost time for this big festival! Everybody would go to Jerusalem to celebrate God's wonderful love! This year Jesus was old enough to go on the long trip to Jerusalem with Mary and Joseph, and all of their friends and family. But, in Bible Times, people didn't have cars and buses like we have now. They had to walk. It took many days to get there. Let's pat our laps to make the sound of walking feet. (Pat your lap). (3) All the people had a great time walking to Jerusalem with their friends and family. Rhyme 1: Up the hill (Motion up with hand.) and down to the town (Motion down with hand.)...With so many friends all around! (Make a circular motion.) Oh, how fun it will be (Clap to the beat of the rhyme.) - praising God. You will see! (Lift your hands in praise.)

(4) When they got to Jerusalem, they had lots of yummy food to eat! They had a great time praising God and giving thanks to him. Then the festival was over, and it was time to go home. (1 again) So all the people started walking up the big hill to go back home - except Jesus. Jesus decided to stay there for a while. (Pat your lap with children again). After walking for a whole day, Mary and Joseph didn't see Jesus anywhere! Rhyme 2: Where was Jesus? Nobody knew. (Place hands out to the side, elbows bent, palms up) Where was Jesus? Do you have a clue? (Point to someone). So, back to Jerusalem they went. They had to find Jesus. (Pat your laps with children again). (5) They looked way up high. (Lead children to stand on tip-toes). They looked way down low. (Lead children to bend down and look under the table). Rhyme 3: They looked for Jesus all through the town. (Place hand on brow as if looking far out). They looked everywhere...all around. (Place hand on brow and look to the other side). Where, oh where could Jesus be? (Lead children to look for Jesus. Place hands out to the side, elbows bent, palms up). Help us find him, could you please? (Motion to come). They looked for Jesus for three days! Can everybody show me how many three is? (Hold up three fingers). Finally, they came to the temple. And, this is what they saw:

(6) Some wise leaders and teachers were in the temple. (Point to the teachers). The temple was the church in Bible Times. They were talking about God to a young boy. He listened close to the leaders and teachers. Then it was his turn. Soon he was teaching them! The young boy was very wise! The teachers and leaders were surprised that the young boy knew so much about God! He was only 12 years old! Can you guess who the young boy was? (Give children a chance to answer). That's right! It was Jesus! Mary and Joseph were so happy to find Jesus! They told Jesus they had been looking all over him. But Jesus said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know I would be in God's house?"Now Jesus knew it was time to go home with Mary and Joseph, so he said good-bye to the teachers and leaders. Let's all wave bye-bye to the teachers. Bye-bye teachers, bye-bye leaders! (Wave good-bye). And, Jesus started on the long walk back home with Mary and Joseph. (Pat your lap). Did you like that story? We will talk some more about it after snack.


Sometimes we are in a hurry to grow up. We want to do everything ourselves. We like to say, "I'll do it myself!" It seems like Jesus grew up fast. He was already teaching older people when he was only 12 years old! But he still knew he needed to stay close to God. When Mary and Joseph found Jesus, do you remember what Jesus told them? Jesus said, "Didn't you know I would be in my Father's house?" He loved to be in God's house, which was the temple. He loved praying and talking to people about God. He loved spending time alone with God too. (Read Luke 5:16). Many times Jesus went away by himself and found a quiet spot to spend time with God. (7) God likes us to spend time alone with him too, like the boy in this picture who is praying by himself. Jesus wanted to know all the special things God had for him to do. One special thing that God had for Jesus to do was to teach, as we learned in our story today. (6 again) Later on, when Jesus grew up, God would give Jesus other special jobs to do. But, first Jesus had to grow up.

But, as Jesus grew up, he never got too big for God. He always depended on God. As we grow up, God wants us to always depend on him too. No matter how many things we learn to do, we still need God. (8) We can learn to build, but we still need God. (9) We can learn to teach, but we still need God. (10, 11) We can learn to sing and paint, but we still need God. As you grow up, remember that we will always need God, no matter how big we get!

PRAYER: Allow children to take turns praying after you or a helper prays.
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