Jesus Gives Thomas Peace: John 20:24-29

Do you ever need a little peace in your life?  Our household needs peace so badly at times, that we named our new puppy “Freddie,” from “Fred,” the Norwegian word for peace.  Here is a little activity to practice peace together as a family.  Enjoy feeding your family’s faith this week!

Peace Sign taped

Supplies:  God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible or a family Bible with this story, access to the internet, cardstock, crayons or markers, scissors.

Gather:  We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time.  Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable.  My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose!  Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).

Story:  Read the story “Thomas Doubts Jesus” from John 20 in My First Hands On Bible, your Bible, or you can check out this version: John 20:24-29

Discuss: Who said that they had seen Jesus?  Did Thomas believe this?  Why or why not?  What did he want to do so that he could believe?  What is the first thing that Jesus says to Thomas?  What does Thomas say about Jesus’ appearance?  How does Jesus respond?  Do you share the peace in your church?  Did you know that this practice comes from this story in the Bible?

Song:   Peace Be with You: You can find the tune and lyrics here: https://youtu.be/K3mm0VTfDdI

I wrote this song for the parish I serve.  The first part is call and response, with one group singing “Peace be with you” and the second group responding “And also with you.”  The second part is sung in unison.  It is easy to catch on to, and we have used it as the “peace” during church.

Activity:  For our activity this week, we made a family peace sign to show how we all contribute to the peace of the household.  There are five people in my family, so I cut out the pieces like this:

Peace sign pieces

Each person colored one piece, and then we taped it together, like this:

Peace Sign taped

My daughter was so excited about it, she had me hang it from the ceiling fan in her room:

Peace Sign finished product

If you have too many or too few people in your family to easily divide it, cut out a peace sign and work on coloring it all together, or pass it around so each person can color a little bit of it.  Not very confident with free-hand drawing?  Here is a website where you can find a peace sign coloring page:  http://www.hmcoloringpages.com/free-printable-coloring-pages/peace-sign/

Prayer:  (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, we thank you for being the source of our peace.  Help us to be peaceful with one another, that we may spread your peace to all of the world.  In your name we pray, Amen.

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