Man Let Down Through the Roof





Scripture:  Mark 2:1-12


Key Verse for this workshop:

Mark 2:5 And when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”       



·          Our faith in God can help others.

·          We show our faith in God by helping and praying for others.



1.      Children will view the video “Mother Teresa: Seeing the Face of Jesus”.

2.       Children will see how we can show our faith in God by helping others: both people we know (the paralyzed man taken by his friends to Jesus) and those we don’t know (Mother Teresa helping the poor and sick in India).

3.      Children will discuss ways they can help or pray for others.



Welcome and Introductions:

1.      Greet the children and introduce yourself.  Wear your name-tag. Make sure the children are wearing name-tags. If not, ask the shepherd to supply a temporary badge. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.


2.      Explain the purpose of this workshop.  Tell the children they will hear the Bible story of how four friends’ faith in Jesus’ healing power helped their friend and they will see a video about Mother Teresa who showed her faith in God by helping the sick and poor in India. Emphasize that we can show our faith in God by helping our friends, as the paralyzed man’s friends helped him, or we can show our faith by helping people we don’t know, as Mother Teresa helped the poor and sick in India.


Scripture/Bible Story:

1.      Review the Bible story.

2.      Have the students use their bibles to locate the bible story. You can read the passage to them or have them take turns reading. You may also choose to read it from a children’s bible storybook for the younger children.

3.      Emphasize the key verse Mark 2:5 And when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” The friends had faith in Jesus’ healing power and worked hard to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus so he could help.

4.      In weeks 3-5 you may choose to either read the story again or have the children retell it in their own words. Read the key verse to review.



1.      Show the movie. This video is approximately 35 minutes long and needs to be shortened; see attached sheet Mother Teresa: Seeing the Face of Jesus movie segments for segments to skip.

2.      Explain that this is a movie about Mother Teresa, a nun who dedicated her life to helping poor and sick people in India. You may need to explain briefly that a nun is a Catholic woman who has dedicated her life and work to God and the church. A “call” is when one feels urged or “called” by God to do a particular action or profession (job). Pastor are “called” to their jobs, elders in the Kirk are “called” to be a leader.

3.      Bring a map or globe to show the children where Calcutta India is and where Mother Teresa was born. The movie also mentions Missionaries of Charity established in Venezuela, Australia, Africa, Italy, and New York City.

4.      Distribute popcorn with help from Shepherds or volunteer children.



Reflection Time:

At 10:35 a.m. ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker or some memento to paste in their journal as a reminder of the story or activity.


Prompts for journal writing: Describe (or draw a picture of) ways you can show your faith in God by helping 1) a friend 2) a stranger.


At 10:45 ask the students to close their journals and sit quietly for prayer.



Discussion:  Review the fact stated in the movie that Mother Teresa started the Missionaries of Charity that helps people worldwide. Emphasize the wonder of how something that started small (Sister Teresa helping one person in the streets of India) grew into a worldwide mission.  You may want also to discuss Mother Teresa’s reminder to “See the Face of Jesus in every person you help” (Matthew 25:31-46). When Mother Teresa helped someone, she didn’t view them as a dirty, pitiable, human but as one of God’s beloved children. She helped these people with the same love and care she would use to wash Christ’s wounds.

What are some of the ways that the Kirk helps others? Ark Shelter, helping refugees settle in this country, after school program, Carying place, Meals on Wheels, ASP, food offerings for the food bank, our Faith Quest offering, etc.


Prayer:  Say a prayer thanking God for His healing and forgiveness. Ask children to contribute names of friends/relatives/others that need our help or healing to include in prayer.   


Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help clean up popcorn as they wait for their parents to arrive. Leave the beanbag chairs to be piled up AFTER everyone leaves. It has been too disruptive to have the children do it. Wipe out popcorn machine thoroughly.


Extra activity:

If you have extra time with the older children, have them locate the other gospel accounts of this story -- Matthew 9:1-8 and Luke 5:17-26. Call out the passage and let them race to see who can be first to find it in the Bible.


Teacher preparation in advance:

1.      Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.

2.      Prepare a closing prayer.

3.      Preview the video and have it cued to the correct starting place.

4.      Practice operating the popcorn machine. If this is your first time in Holywood, visit the current workshop leader for instructions before your rotation begins. Be sure you have plenty of popcorn popped before the children arrive. You will need to have your attention on the children at that point. Ask the shepherds or child volunteers to help distribute it to the children who are sitting quietly.


Supply List

Map or globe





·          Mother Teresa: Seeing the Face of Jesus. 1998 Morning Light Media. Distributed by Vision Video.


Movie Segments and Editing Suggestions

 Mother Teresa: Seeing The Face of Jesus


Approximate time segment begins



Mother Teresa is Born


Agnes at Home


Agnes Hears Her Call


Agnes’ New Name


Teresa the Teacher


A Call Within a Call


Teresa Among the Poor


Sister Teresa’s New Home


Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Finds More Room


Mother to the Children


Mother to All


Seeing the Face of Jesus