Godly Play I and III: Jesus and the 12
Memory Verse: …those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew, Phillip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brother. Acts 1:13b-14
Summary: Today we will head into the New Testament to learn about Jesus’ Disciples/ Apostles. These men were vital to spreading the Gospel after Jesus ascended into heaven. They also wrote most of our New Testament books. This lesson will review each of the apostles, how they met Jesus, how they continued his ministry, and how they died.
I Wonder…: why Jesus called for these specific men to follow them? what they thought of Jesus? how they felt when he died and was resurrected? which one you like best? what it is you like about him?
Additional Followup: Today’s lesson uses the Last Supper by da Vinci. Maybe you could pull up an image and ask your child to teach you about the apostles. Try to name all 12 and what you know about each one. Look for passages in Scripture that tell you about each one…even if you have to google search or use your bible index to locate the passages! Here are two to start you off: Matthew 10:2-4, Acts 1:13-14
Godly Play II: Synagogue and the Upper Room
Memory Verse: The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… Isaiah 61:1
Summary: Today’s story begins with Luke 4:16, where Jesus is in the Synagogue. It ends with Jesus in the Upper Room, instating the Lord’s Supper. This story is aimed at linking Old Testament and New Testament as they meet in Christ. It also helps explain why we read God’s Word and take communion together each week together.
I Wonder…: if you have heard Scripture read in the worship service? if you have seen the Lord’s Supper take place? why we do these things as Christians?
Additional Followup: This might be a good time to look through the worship folder from Sunday together. Ask wondering questions like, “I wonder what your favorite part of our time together is?” or “I wonder why we do things like have a sermon or take communion?”. HERE is a website that explains some cultural background on Synagogues. There is some interesting overlap in the liturgy we use today, including the use of the Aaronic benediction that John Calvin also tended toward in his order of worship. We also use that one and several other blessings found throughout Scripture in our services at Red Mountain.