Beulah Land: Jarius’s Daughter
- Memory Verse: The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
- Summary: Today your children will hear two stories in one: the healing of a beloved daughter and the healing of an outcast woman. You can find this passage in Mark 5:21-43. We will also see the Lent spiral again, this time with the figure of Jesus making His way to Jerusalem.
- I Wonder… : how Jarius felt when Jesus stopped to talk to the sick woman? what it felt like when Jesus said he felt “power go out” of him? how it feels to be healed by Jesus? what you think is most amazing about this story?
- For Parents: This passage is an example of a Markan Sandwich (basically a story within a story that helps us understand the passage’s main emphasis). When you come across this literary device, look for similarities and differences, then ask what that might have to do with the passage’s significance. Here are two questions to get you started for this passage: How old is the daughter? How long has the woman been sick?
Godly Play I & II: Faces of Easter I
- Memory Verse: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
- Summary: Lent is the season in which we prepare for Easter. We are using a set of stories that walk through the life of Christ. Today’s lesson focuses on the birth of Christ. Something interesting to know about this set of stories is that during wondering time, the children are invited to bring something from another story set that reminds them of the story being told that day. For example, last year when this story was told, one child brought over a card from the Advent story set. Another child brought the Christ figure from the Holy Family set. They are making connections in Scripture!
- I Wonder…: what you liked best about this story? what part is most important? what other stories this one reminds you of?
- Additional Followup: Maybe you’d enjoy making a “Faces of Easter” tree at your house. Use a branch in a jar. Start this week by having your child draw a picture of Jesus as a baby. Cut those out and hang them on the tree. Lent is a time when we remember that Christ is the servant king, who came to serve. How might your family serve each other? What about others?