Palm Sunday: April 9th

Beulah Land: Lazarus

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: Faces of Easter VI

Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26

  • Summary: Today our kids will hear about Jesus turning toward Jerusalem and the cross. They will learn about the institution of the Lord’s Supper.
  • I Wonder…: if you have ever come close to the bread and the wine Jesus was talking about? what it means when Jesus said this bread was his body and this wine was his blood? why we still partake of this special meal? why it is so special? where else you have heard about Jesus’ people eating bread or drinking wine?
  • Additional Followup: Lessons about Communion can be full of mystery and wondering! Explore with your child what it means to take communion. Ask an elder to help if you feel stuck! You can also use your worship folder to review our order of communion with your child. They have probably made some interesting and even profound observations! You could even play/ act out “communion” using your worship folder.
  • Bonus: Host a seder meal with your kids. Look HERE , HERE and HERE for some ideas. Talk about the Passover and wonder what the Passover might have to do with Jesus. HERE is an example of the Passover/ Last Supper if you are not comfortable with a Seder. It includes a foot washing for the  family. You can always tweek it like THIS author did. She made up her own symbolic meal. The idea is to incorporate all of the senses and wonder about the gravity of the death and resurrection of Christ.

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