Lent Sunday: February 25th

Godly Play I, II & III

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.   Luke 2:52

Summary: During Lent, we are using a set of stories that walk through the life of Christ. They are called “Faces of Easter.” Last week, we focused on the “face” of Jesus as a newborn. This week, we will focus on the “face” of Jesus as a young boy in the temple.

I Wonder…:  what you liked best about this story? what part is most important? what other stories this one reminds you of? what it was like for Jesus to be left at the temple?

Additional Followup: Talk about Jesus as a child. Wonder together about what He was like as a boy. I wonder what he experienced as he grew? I wonder if it is like what your child experiences? HERE is an interesting article about the temple (it’s also where the image below was found).

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Lent: Sunday, February 18th

GP I, GPII, GPIII: Faces of Easter

Memory Verse: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Summary: Lent is the season in which we prepare for Easter. We are using a set of stories that walk through the life of Christ. Today’s lesson focuses on the birth of Christ. Something interesting to know about this set of stories is that during wondering time, the children are invited to bring something from another story set that reminds them of the story being told that day. One example might be that a child brings the Advent story set over when talking about the birth of Christ. They are making connections in Scripture!

I Wonder…:  what you liked best about this story? what part is most important? what other stories this one reminds you of?

Additional Followup: Make a timeline of Christ’s life using the stories from Faces of Easter- mark the line with his Incarnation (you can leave some line before to show his existence!). Lent is also a time when we remember that Christ is the servant king, who came to serve. How might your family serve each other? What about others?

Ordinary Sunday, February 4th

Godly Play I: Parable of the Leaven

Memory Verse: The Kingdom of God is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough. Matthew 13:3

Summary: This parable, also known as Parable of the Yeast, is found in Matthew 13 and Luke 13. It is very short–basically the length of a verse.  Leaven is what permeates the bread dough so that it will become fluffy. Remember that in Exodus, the Hebrews were instructed to not wait for bread to rise in their flight from Egypt? They had to leave right away. They continued that feast every Passover using unleavened bread. This parable is about a dough with leaven. What might Jesus be saying about His kingdom permeating the world?

I Wonder…: what Jesus meant when he said the kingdom is like leaven/yeast? where you have seen bread like this in Scripture before? how it is different from that bread?

Additional Followup: Make bread!!! Don’t forget to sing the Rain for Roots song!

Godly Play II: Work Day

Memory Verse: Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

Summary: Today is a lesson completely devoted to encountering God through the story sets and art supplies. The storyteller will open the story circle by helping the children reflect upon and wonder over the stories they’ve heard in Godly Play. Children will then be given the opportunity to choose either a story set or art materials to work with. Since children integrate their experience and knowledge with hands-on play, this will be a time for them to connect with God and His Word. Sometimes children need to come back to the same story on multiple occasions to “get it”…not unlike us adults! This time gives them a set-apart time to do so. See more HERE about work in Godly Play.

I Wonder…: which story you think of more than others? which one you like most? which one you like least? which story has something to do with Jesus? which story has something to do with you?

Additional Followup: Go ahead and ask what story your child picked to work with! Maybe you could read that story from the bible or even create your own version of it to play with at home.

Godly Play III: Jesus Heals the Paralytic

Memory Verse: So that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins–he said to the paralytic–‘I say to you, rise up, pick up your bed, and go home.’- Mark 2:10-11

Summary: Today’s miracle story tells about Jesus healing a Paralytic man. It can be found in Mark 2, Matthew 9 and Luke 5. There is so much to glean from this story about Jesus’ power and authority, sin, faith, loyal friendship, etc. It gives us so much to wonder about! I think kids will really enjoying working with this set as the story sinks in…the roof lifts off of the house!

I Wonder…:  what this paralyzed man was like? what his life was like? who took care of him? how his friends decided to carry him to Jesus? what Jesus means when he says he has authority to forgive sins? why he forgave his sins and made him walk again? how this is about the way of God’s kingdom? how this story is about you?

At Home: Research what homes were like during the ministry of Jesus. This can give you a starting place. Make a replica out of a shoe box to use for telling and retelling of this story at home. Talk about the life of someone who has special physical needs. What would like be like for them? Why would Jesus healing both physical and spiritual disease be important?

Ordinary Sunday: February 11th

GP I, II, III: Mystery of Easter

Memory Verse: And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, even knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippeans 2:8-11

Summary: Lent, the season in which we prepare for Easter, begins next week. This lesson gives an introduction to the relationship of Lent to Easter. We’ll explore how it is both a time of great sorrow and great happiness, or, joy. And how Easter turns everything inside out and upside down.

I wonder…: where joy comes from? how Lent and Easter are both sad and happy? what you remember about Easter?

At Home Follow-up: One reason the church has marked a time leading up to days like Christmas and Easter is so that we will slow down a bit and let the reality of the death and resurrection of Christ unnerve and restore us. Without putting pressure on yourself to have a perfect, ‘holy’ experience, what is one way your family might reflect together this season? Here are a few ideas:

  • A Lenten Prayer Chart- This might even spill over into the rest of the year! Make each day of the week a day you pray for something specific (Monday- friends, Tuesday- family members, Wednesday- church, Thursday- world missions, etc)
  • Memorize a passage of Scripture together- everyone!
  • Watch for Spring to make it’s arrival and talk about the differences between winter and spring. Plant a flower and watch it bloom. Look for new animals. Wonder together what God might be showing us in his creation and differences of winter and spring– how are those like the death and resurrection of Christ?
  • Get out your Lenten spiral!