This is a Safe Place! What is your name? What grade are you in? What school do you go to? What is your favorite class? What hobbies do you have?
Let's Get to Know Each Other!
What was your last vacation or time when you really relaxed?
- I relax often
- I wish I could relax more often
- I never have time to relax
What kind of a person are you?
- The Rester: a high need to take time after a job is done to be renewed before you do more
- The Go Getter: always on the move; nothing stops you from getting what you want
- The Giver: willing to set aside your needs in order to care for the needs of others
In one word, what takes up most of your time? You can submit up to three words (one at a time).
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
Mark 6: 30-32
So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like a sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Mark 6: 32-34
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. "This is a remote place," they said, "and it's already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something to eat. But he answered "You give them something to eat."
Mark 6: 35-37
They said to him, "That would take more than half a year's wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?" "How many loaves do you have?" he asked. Go and see." When they found out, they said, "Five - and two fish."
Mark 6: 37-38
Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people.
Mark 6: 39-41
He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
Mark 6: 41-44
What does Jesus want us to learn from this story?
The disciples needed time to be with Jesus to be renewed and encouraged, but the demand of Christ's followers was so great that their needs were set aside. There was not any time. This is very common with our society today, especially with our relationships with each other and God.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
We are so busy with the demands of this life that we don't have time to spend time alone with Christ to be renewed and encouraged. Mark 30-34 in particular can help you see the importance of learning how to balance your time, and to make spending time with God, in His word, a priority, and in helping others.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
Is it right to take care of your own needs before the needs of others? Why or why not? How can you take time to relax when there is no time? What is the difference between physical relaxation and spiritual renewal?
How important is it in your daily life to spend time alone in a quiet place with God? Why?
How or when can we spend quiet time with God?
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." - Mark 1:35 "Come near to God and he will come near to you." - James 4:8 "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." -Colossians 3:17 "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ." - Romans 10:17
Other Important Verses
Draw a picture of your interpretation of Jesus & the disciples feeding the 5000.
Next time - bring in a bible verse that you love! We will print it and put it on the wall. If you know one now, put it in the Jar and we can have it printed by next time If you think of one, you can email it to
Homework😇 - Help Decorate the Youth Room
On a slip of paper write down a topic you would like to discuss in future youth groups. If there are any activities you would like to do, put that on a slip of paper and put that in the jar too! Examples of topics: Relationships/Friendships, Faith, Sportsmanship, Mental Health Examples of activities: movie night (suggest movie), BBQ, beach day
Future of Youth Group
We have been asked to put on the Easter Breakfast again this year! Last year we fed over 100 people! It was great outreach and we made a lot of money! Fundraising monies will go for future youth activities, college student care packages and the NYG in New Orleans in 2025.
College student care packages (Community Service). This needs to be done pretty soon. Fiesta - we did this last year with a silent auction.