Step 06: Let’s go to school

Walk along with Tom and Nancy’s second youngest, Isaac, as he shows us what it’s like at his school.

Living from enough shows us how Jesus uses small acts for great results.

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:9

READ JOHN 6:9–11

Say: Let’s step into the shoes of the boy who gave his lunch. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about him, other than what he packed to eat that day. As we wonder together about this passage, it’s OK if we don’t know the answers to these questions. We can use our imaginations to think about what it was like to be there.

I wonder…

  • …if he offered his food or if a disciple found him and asked.
  • …if he worried about going hungry once he offered his meal.
  • …what he felt about Jesus.
  • …what made the boy’s lunch multiply.
  • …how one lunch fed all those people.

Say: When all we have is something small to offer, we can feel pretty hopeless. This is how Andrew and Philip felt. But Jesus used something small for great results. And he can do that through us too.

  • Thinking about our own lives and our family, I wonder what Jesus might want to do with what we have to offer him, even if it’s small?


  • What does Isaac share with his classmate?
  • Why might sharing what we have with others make us feel good?


Say: Let’s think about something we have that God can use to bless others. We’re going to come up with something we can do within the next couple days.

Ideas for kids (blessing people at school):

  • Create a thank-you card for your bus driver, teacher, classroom volunteer, custodian or crossing guard.
  • Bring a gift for your friend or classmate to show how much you care for them.
  • If your school allows food sharing, make an extra lunch or snack. Maybe someone forgot theirs or their family doesn’t have enough money to send lunch.

Ideas for parents:

  • Create something for a coworker or neighbour at the same time as your kids make something. If your kids won’t be at a school tomorrow, find some other local way to share a small blessing with others. For example, you could make a card or picture for a single person or an older adult at your church.


Say: Let’s put the gifts we made here on the table. These are offerings to God, like the boy’s loaves and fish. And they may seem small, but God can use them in big ways. We’re going to hold hands around our gifts to God and ask him to use them tomorrow.

Pray: God, We love you and we are grateful for the gifts you have given to us, including the chance to go to school. Thank you for Isaac and his schoolmates. We offer our gifts to you like the boy gave his lunch, trusting that you can make small gifts do big things. In Jesus’ name, amen.