Hello everyone. This weekend we are looking at the Barbecue on the Beach. The disciples are very frightened most of the time in case the Jewish men come and arrest them so they stay inside with the door locked. But one night they decide to go fishing but although they were out all night they did not catch anything. If you want to know what happens next then listen to the story I recorded for you.
Today we are going to look at the story of Doubting Thomas. The reason Thomas earned his name as Doubting Thomas was because he didn’t believe Jesus to be real, until he appeared before him and allowed him to touch him in the flesh. Are you someone who likes to see something or someone before you believe something is real or true? It can be anything from seeing a seed growing into a beautiful flower or meeting someone special, who you have heard a lot about but never actually met in person. Below is the story of Doubting Thomas for you to read about and a few fun and interesting facts about him. There are also a couple of YouTube clips about Doubting Thomas and some word searches and craft activities. I hope you have fun learning all about Doubting Thomas.
Who Was Doubting Thomas?
Thomas the Apostle—often referred to as “Doubting Thomas”—was one of the twelve main disciples of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of John, Thomas famously doubted Jesus’ resurrection, telling the other disciples, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25).
Jesus then appeared and offered to let him do just that.
Upon seeing Jesus in the flesh with his own eyes (and possibly touching the wounds), Thomas proclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Jesus responded with one of the most powerful and prophetic statements about faith in all of Scripture: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
Thomas’ moment of scepticism earned him the nickname “Doubting Thomas,” which evolved into a term for anyone who needs proof before they believe something.
In this guide, we’ll highlight the things we can observe about Thomas from the Bible.
Here are some quick facts about Thomas the apostle:
There is an old saying that seeing is believing and that was certainly true for Jesus’ disciples. They could hardly believe Mary, Peter and John when they said that Jesus’ tomb was empty and Mary said she had seen him. But when he appeared in that upper room they knew for certain he was alive.
Read or listen to the story
Read the story in Luke chapter 24 verses 24 -43 or listen to it by clicking on the link below.
Activities and quiz
1. How were the disciples feeling before they saw Jesus and how did they feel after they had seen him?
Draw some emojis to show the different emotions the disciples felt. Which emoji best shows how you feel knowing that Jesus is alive.
2. What did Jesus do to help the disciples realise he wasn’t a ghost?
3. What did Jesus say to the disciples that would have helped them?
Can you draw a fish and decorate it for Jesus?
5. The disciples heard Jesus speak, they saw him eat and they were able to touch him. Doing all these things helped them to believe Jesus was alive. They saw the wounds the nails had made in his hands.
Draw round your hands and put a heart in the middle to remind yourself that Jesus loves you.
6. Older children might like to watch Bishop Toby’s video which can be found on our web page.
7. A Challenge for this week. Can you share Jesus’ love this week ?
You could do this by smiling at people, doing an act of kindness, by sharing something with someone.
8. Can you make Jesus appear to his disciples? Colour in the spinner and fold it round a stick/ pencil. rub it between your hand to see Jesus appear in the room.
Thank you for loving us, help us to know that you are with us everyday even if we can not see or touch you. Help us to listen for your voice guiding us and to share your love with those around us. Amen.
Thank you to Gareth for helping me to plan the activities for this week.
Last week we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, when He rose from the dead. Jesus stayed on Earth for a further 40 days before he ascended into Heaven to be with His Father. In the time between Easter and His ascension Jesus appeared to his followers on several occasions. One of the first appearances to them was on the road to Emmaus.
The Bible reading, activities and prayer ideas are below.
You can read the story in the Bible in Luke 24: 13 – 35.
Here is the Bible reading with some questions and an explanation for older children.
In the Bible reading it says ‘And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him’ Luke 24:31
Using a kitchen roll tube (or alternative) make some binoculars as a reminder that we need to look for and see Jesus. Stick 2 kitchen roll tubes together or cut one in half and stick them together with Sellotape. Decorate them.
The binoculars can help children to understand that we need to open our eyes to see Jesus.
Colour the attached picture and cut out the people and either stick on the background or stick them on a lolly stick/ piece of card and cut a slit in the picture to make the followers and Jesus walk along the road.
Jesus walked alongside His followers. As a reminder that we too are walking with Jesus you could make some painted footprints or draw around your feet and cut them out. Perhaps make a trail to follow out of footprints.
Have a short walk around the garden or house. Stop several times and say a short prayer each time. Some ideas are below but you could use any prayers.
Lord our God, we thank and praise you for the greatness of your love, shown to us in Jesus Christ, who was willing to die for us, to bring us into your family, and to bless us with the life that lasts for ever.
We thank you for the new life we celebrate at Easter; help us to keep growing in the life that never comes to an end.
We pray for our families, our friends, and all those we care about: fill them with hope and happiness.
We pray for people who are unhappy today: those who are hungry, or homeless, those who fear violence or harm; may they find protection and peace.
We pray for those who are ill, or facing difficulties: may they find hope in the cross of Christ, and be strengthened by the knowledge of your love.
Lord, accept our prayers, and be with us now and for ever. Amen.
Easter Garden: If you made an Easter garden last week then today you can move the stone away from the entrance to the tomb. Perhaps put some flowers (real or paper) in the garden as a sign on new life.
Holy Week: The following link is to making some resurrection eggs using plastic refillable eggs. The eggs are filled with items that represent the main events during Holy Week. The activity could still be carried out without the eggs. You could find the items and use them to retell the events of Holy Week.
Easter Scavenger Hunt: To remember the Easter Story there is a scavenger hunt that you might like to do.
Easter Art: You can make a colourful Easter cross, using tape and paint or chalk. You could also make a resurrection picture using bright colours of paint, felt tips, pencils or tissue paper. Colour a bright background and stick or draw a cross on top. Here are some examples:
Today is the start of Holy Week, Palm Sunday. We found out about the events that happened on Palm Sunday at the beginning of Lent. In our journey through Holy Week we have now arrived at Good Friday.
Good Friday can be difficult for children to understand as it is the day that Jesus died but we call it ‘Good Friday’. Older children may wish to reflect on this and the Bible verse from John 3:16 (Good News version) can be helpful. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.”
As Christians we believe that Jesus died so that we may be forgiven for the things that we do wrong.
You can read the story of Jesus’ death in the Bible, Luke 23:44 – 49.
If you would prefer to watch the story there are several different videos.
The film, ‘The Miracle Maker’ is an animation about the events in Jesus’ life. It is an interesting film to watch as we approach Easter, however, the events of Good Friday begin at 1hr 6mins. The film has a U rating but is more suited to children in KS2 and above.
You can also watch the story of Good Friday on one of the links below. They include Easter Sunday so you may wish to just watch until Jesus is put into the tomb and keep the resurrection until next week.
Lego animation with subtitles:
Lego, watch from 4mins 10 seconds
Beginners Bible, watch from 15mins 10 seconds (This is best for younger children)
Playdough Mat Use the playdough playdough to make different crosses
Picture Cards The picture cards can be used to sequence the events of Holy Week. If you are able to print 2 sets of them they can be used to paly a pairs game by placing them picture side down and trying to find the matching pair. You could also stick them onto card and attach some string or wool and hang them as a decoration, perhaps on some twigs or a branch. They are also a good way to talk about the events of Holy Week.
Make a Cross How many different ways can you make a cross? Use Lego; building bricks; old cardboard boxes; lolly sticks; twigs; pebbles; playdough. As you make the crosses think about how Jesus died to forgive us for the things we do wrong.
Easter Garden Here are some pictures of Easter Gardens. You could try and make your own. Try and have a stone that you can move away next week on Easter Sunday.
Romero Cross (for older children) This is an information sheet about the Romero Cross. The Romero Cross is a colourful crucifix. Why not have a go at designing your own Romero Cross that reflects our parish of St Mary’s and our local community.
Paper Plate activities There is a picture of a tomb to make or the three crosses on the hill. You could place a folded piece of cloth in the tomb or a folded tissue, keep the stone across the entrance until next Sunday.
This week are are going to be looking at the events which took place on the day we now call Maundy Thursday. We will think about the Last Supper and also Jesus’ time in the garden of Gethsemane.
After the meal Jesus and the disciples left the upper room and went to the Mount of Olives to a favourite place of Jesus’ the garden of Gethsemane. There He left most of the disciples resting but took Peter, James and John with him as he went further into the garden, then He became very upset and shared with his friends how dreadful he felt saying “I feel bad enough right now to die”. Then he asked them to pray for Him while He went a little further on to pray, to talk to God, his father but the disciples were so tired they couldn’t pray and fell asleep!
Three times this happened.
Jesus, however, was wrestling with God and himself. He was praying to God as his father asking that the ordeal He knew was coming should not happen. Jesus knew He was going to be arrested and put to death on a cross, He knew He was going to feel separated from His father, God, and He was terrified BUT He also knew that this was all part of God’s plan and there was no other way of carrying out the plan. So He prayed that famous prayer “ not what I will, but what you will” and went with the disciples to meet Judas and the crowd sent to arrest Him.
Jesus was arrested and taken to the high priest, and all he chief priests and elders of the law. And the disciples, the men who had sworn they would never leave him , they were afraid and ran away.
You can read this story in Mark’s Gospel, chapter 14 verses 32 -52.
Or watch it on you tube:
There is a playdough mat attached which you can use as a prayer activity. If you don’t have any playdough you could draw the leaves on the tree.
2. Another prayer activity is to collect some small stones and a bowl, use these as part of your prayer. Jesus came to the garden to pray to God about the hard thing he was going to have to do. What things do you find hard? Is there anything that scares you? Tell God about the hard things in your life and put a stone into the bowl as a sign that you are giving that hard thing to God and would like Him to help you.
Today is about the Last Supper which Jesus celebrates with his disciples and tells them he is going away back to his Father. This is upsetting for the disciples as they worry that they won’t be able to manage on their own.
This is the video of the reading of the Last Supper: