Lent Sunday (Palm Sunday): March 25th

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.

 

Lent Sunday: March 18th

Godly Play I, II & III: Faces of Easter V

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their Synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23

Summary: Today’s story focuses on Jesus as Parable-Maker and Healer. In the words of Godly Play, “His work was to come close to people…when Jesus came close to people, they changed.”

I Wonder…: what Jesus thought about his work? what the blind man thought when he was able to see? what was so important about Jesus’ parables and healings? what sort of people Jesus came close to? what about today…who does Jesus come close to? how you know that?

Additional Followup: Go back through some of the accounts of Jesus’ miracle and parables in Scripture. Ask your kids to tell a parable or miracle to you!

Lent Sunday: March 11th

Godly Play I, II & III: Faces of Easter IV

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Summary: We are now four Sundays into Lent, the season in which we prepare for Easter. We are using a set of stories that walk through the life of Christ. Today we will focus on Jesus’ Desert Experience. You can find this account in Luke 4 and Matthew 4.

I Wonder…: why the tempter wanted Jesus to disobey and not trust God? what else men live on besides food? what it means to test God? what sort of king Jesus would be? what Jesus’ work was? if you ever feel tempted?

Additional Followup: Draw a picture of the story. Maybe you can read the account from Scripture at home and as you are reading, have your child draw a scene.

Lent Sunday: March 4th

Godly Play I, II & III: Faces of Easter III

When John saw Jesus coming toward him, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” John 1:29

Summary: We are three Sundays into Lent, 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 baptism of Jesus by his cousin, John the Baptist. This is the first account we have of adult Jesus in Scripture.

I Wonder…:  if anyone in our family has been baptized? if this story reminded you of any other stories? why God told everyone that he was pleased with Jesus? if John and Jesus knew each other already?

Additional Followup: This might be a good time to revisit the topic of baptism. Talk about your child’s baptism or your own. You can talk more about John the Baptist. Why did he wear what he wore and eat what he ate? Look up pictures of the Jordan River. You can also talk about the presence of Trinity seen in this account– God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. That is something to really wonder about!

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