Godly Play I, II & III: 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 also 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” at home.
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.
This Sunday is also Palm Sunday and marks the day Jesus entered Jerusalem before the crucifixion and resurrection. It’s known as the “triumphal entry” and can be found in Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19 and John 12.