Easter Sunday: March 27

God’s love is stronger than death, stronger than hurt, stronger than lying and cheating and stealing and fighting and hurting and hating—not even the Enemy is stronger than God’s love. God’s love is always enough and more than enough. Amen and Alleluia. That is our story.
— Beulah Land, Passion and Resurrection

Beulah Land: The Passion and Resurrection

  • Memory Verse: “As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “Every knee shall bow before me and every tongue will confess God.” Romans 14:11
  • Summary: Today’s story is the Passion and Resurrection. Because Beulah Land kids are so young, the curriculum is designed to tell both of those stories together rather than stop one week with Jesus’ Death and teach the Resurrection the following week. This week, Satan, the enemy (or EM-i-ney as some of the kids call him!), will be thrown to the ground with the beautiful words quoted above.
  • I Wonder… : what your favorite part of the story is? why those leaders were scared of Jesus? what it was like for him to be on the cross? where Jesus was when he died? what it was like for him to come back to life? where he is now?
  • Additional Follow-up: These are major wondering questions. Please don’t feel like you have to have all of the answers. It is the mystery of our faith: Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again! The Church has historically given us 6 weeks of the Easter season to consider this crucial aspect of our faith…it’s that big of a deal. Take time to wonder like a little child about this wonderful mystery. Rest in it. Re-read the cross and resurrection story together with your child and pray that God will grow faith in the hearts of your children. Have you been making an Easter Tree? Add your final ornament of the empty tomb!

Godly Play I & II: Faces of Easter VII

  • Memory Verse: “As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “Every knee shall bow before me and every tongue will confess God.” Romans 14:11
  • Summary: We have arrived at Easter! Today’s lesson is about the Passion and Resurrection. As the children hear of Jesus dying and being buried, they expect the story to end in sadness. Instead it finishes with great joy… Easter joy! Listen to the words told in our story as the storyteller flips the set pieces back and forth, When you look at this side (crucifixion), you know that the other side is there (Easter). When you look at this side (Easter), you know that this side (crucifixion) is there, and you cannot pull them apart. This is the Mystery of Easter, and that makes all the difference …
  • I Wonder…: what part of this story you liked most? where Jesus was when he was dead? where he is now? what it means when we say “when two or three are gathered in his name, he is there?” why is it so important that Jesus died and was resurrected? what that has to do with you and me?
  • Additional Followup: These are major wondering questions. Please don’t feel like you have to have all of the answers. It is the mystery of our faith: Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again! The Church has historically given us 6 weeks of the Easter season to consider this crucial aspect of our faith…it’s that big of a deal. Take time to wonder like a little child about this wonderful mystery. Rest in it. Re-read the cross and resurrection story together with your child and pray that God will grow faith in the hearts of your children. Have you been making an Easter Tree? Add your final ornament of the empty tomb!
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