Before the story
Imagine you have a packed lunch for
school, as normal. You come in one day and you're the only person with a lunch.
What thoughts would go through your mind? What would you do?
You're in the playground and you
have some sweets but only enough to go around your friends (ie. there will be
no left for you!). Do you hand the sweets out? Do you keep them for yourself?
Do you share them with your favourite friend?
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
As told from the point of view of John
Jesus soon got a reputation of being
a great teacher. People were desperate to listen to what Jesus had to say. You've
probably heard already of what a paralysed man and his friends had done to get
to see Jesus.
This particular day we'd tried to
escape the huge crowds of people by taking a boat across a lake to a quiet spot.
However, when we got there we were dismayed to find that there was already vast
group of people waiting to see Jesus there as well! We wanted Jesus to send
the crowd away but he insisted on talking to them. Now Jesus had been teaching
all day. We were all totally exhausted, the crowd were too, and it was getting
As it approached evening we begged
Jesus, once more, to send the crowd away. There were no shops around and they
would have had to hurry if they were going to get to the town in time to buy
"Why don't you give them a meal?"
Philip, one of my fellow disciples,
was shocked at this idea. "However could we do that?" he said. "There's at least
five thousand men here and I haven't even started to count the women and the
children yet! It would take eight months wages just to feed them all."
Andrew, another one of our friends,
came up to us then. A small boy had approached him and had offered his lunch
We looked at what the boy had offered
Jesus. It was just two little fish and five small bread rolls. Hardly enough
for over five thousand people! Jesus, however, turned to the boy, who was waiting
"Thank you," he said with a smile
as he took the packed lunch from him.
Jesus got us to arrange all the people
into groups and when they were ready he held up the picnic food for everyone
to see and thanked God for it.
I'm not really sure what happened
next. All I know is that the bread and fish that Jesus handed to the other disciples
and I to give to the crowd was more than enough for everyone.
Everyone was full and we even had
baskets full of food left over!
I couldn't believe it!
I wonder what that little boy thought
about it all.
After the story
Who was the most important person
in that story? Who was the helper? Jesus? No. The little boy who gave up his
lunch. Without the boy giving up his lunch Jesus couldn't have fed the five
thousand. It doesn't matter how much you give. Just give what you can. The act
of giving/sharing is more important/
Follow up/main activity
Write the story as told through the
eyes of the little boy. Refer back to the discussion at the start of the lesson
when thinking about how the little boy might feel and what he might think when
he realises that he's the only person with a lunch.