Easter Sunday: April 17

Beulah Land: Lazarus

  • Memory Verse: I am the resurrection, the truth and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. John 11:25
  • Summary: Today’s story comes from Luke 10 and John 11. It is a miracle story in which Jesus resurrects his friend, Lazarus. This story draws attention to the gift of life that Jesus gives…regardless of time. Jesus is never too late. This also draws attention to Jesus’ grief. He, too, was sad to see his friend face death even though he knew Lazarus would have life again. What a mysterious Scripture this is! I WONDER what is it telling us?
  • I Wonder… : why Jesus waited so long to heal Lazarus? why Jesus was crying? what it would be like to be dead and come back to life? what you think is most amazing about this story?
  • Follow up Ideas: I think most 3-year-olds will generally accept this story. They’re not as aware of death yet. It might be when they are two or so years older that they start to wrestle more with the concept of death, finality and eternal life.  Perhaps now is the time to memorize verses that we can cling to when death takes up more space on our radars.

Godly Play I & II: Jesus and the Twelve

  • Memory Verse: …those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew, Phillip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brother. Acts 1:13b-14
  • Summary: Today we will head into the New Testament to learn about Jesus’ Disciples/ Apostles. These men were vital to spreading the Gospel after Jesus ascended into heaven. They also wrote most of our New Testament books. This lesson will review each of the apostles, how they met Jesus, how they continued his ministry, and how they died.
  • I Wonder…: why Jesus called for these specific men to follow them?  what they thought of Jesus? how they felt when he died and was resurrected? which one you like best? what it is you like about him?
  • Additional Followup: Today’s lesson uses the Last Supper by da Vinci. Maybe you could pull up an image and ask your child to teach you about the apostles. Try to name all 12 and what you know about each one. Look for passages in Scripture that tell you about each one…even if you have to google search or use your bible index to locate the passages! Here are two to start you off: Matthew 10:2-4, Acts 1:13-14
    Godly Play Resources
    What the story looks like. From Godly Play Resources.

    From a google search
    Da Vinci’s Last Supper. From a google images search.

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