Easter Sunday: April 16th

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 Cross and the Resurrection

“Behold! I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5a

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 stopping one week with Jesus’ Death, then teaching the Resurrection the following week. This week, Satan, the enemy, who has been “waiting and watching” in the corner of the board to destroy Jesus, 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? what made him want to die for us?

Additional Follow-up: Feast! Sing songs of rejoicing! Dance around! Give way to joy! Today is a celebration. I wonder what practices you can use with your family to celebrate Easter?

Godly Play I & II: Faces of Easter VII

In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace… Ephesians 1:7

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: Sing songs of rejoicing! Dance around! Give way to joy! Today is a celebration. I wonder what practices you can use with your family to celebrate Easter?

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