Godly Play I: Holy Family
Verse: The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15
Summary: This story draws attention to the focal story of our room- the Holy Family. It is literally in the middle of our focal shelves and seen behind the story teller each week as a new story is told. Christ’s incarnation changes everything for us. He is the story all of the other stories are about. In today’s lesson, we will name those present at His birth and talk briefly about His death and resurrection.
Wondering: I wonder which part of the story you like best? I wonder which is most important? I wonder what this story has to do with you?
Family Followup: Draw a picture of today’s story. Have your child tell you about each participant in the picture. What do they notice about each one?
Godly Play II: Creation
Verse: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
Summary: This is the account of how all things were made. With this lesson we begin to trace the presence of God in the story of His people. It is taken from Genesis 1:1- 2:3.
Wondering: I wonder which part of the story you like best? I wonder which part of creation God is most proud of? I wonder what are some things you are thankful for in creation?
Family Followup: As we encounter this story, we find ourselves wondering! What can we know of the Creator by His creation? Go for a nature walk with your child and note what all He has made. Pray, giving thanks for the gifts God has given us in His created world.
Godly Play III: Knowing Jesus in a New Way
Verse: He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Matthew 28:6a
Summary: Today we are beginning a series that typically comes after Easter. It is a new story set that will be in our rotation in Spring of 2019, so I wanted to be sure our 3rd graders got to hear it. This story walks us through the days between Jesus’ resurrection to Pentecost. It’s called Knowing Jesus in a New Way. Today’s focus is on the empty tomb and Jesus’ appearance to Mary.
Wondering: I wonder what Mary thought when she realized the person she thought was a gardener was really Jesus? I wonder why she did not recognize him right away? I wonder what Jesus meant when he told Mary that she could not hold him?
Family Followup: You can find these accounts in Mark 16, Matthew 28, Luke 24 and John 20. If you want to read a different passage each day of the week, you can mark down the information each passage gives. Wonder together why God chose to tell us this information.