5th Sunday in Easter: April 29th

GP I: Missionary Story: The Cordells

Memory Verse: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Summary: Today’s story is about the Cordells, a family from RMC who is serving in Ukraine.

I Wonder…: what living in another country is like? what makes people want to go tell others about Jesus? how you can pray for missionaries? how you can be a missionary in your own town?

Additional Followup: Make an effort to talk about missions at home over the next few weeks! What are missions? Who are missionaries? How can you pray and support them?

GP II: Paul’s Discovery

Memory Verse: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6

Summary: Today’s story comes from Acts and multiple other New Testament books. It walks through the life of Paul, taking children through stories of his conversion, missionary journeys and death.

I Wonder…: what your favorite part of the story is? what the most important part could be? if this story has anything do with you? what you think about Paul? what it is like to be in a place where people do not like Jesus?

Additional Followup: Get out a map and trace Paul’s missionary journeys. Find out which New Testament letters are written by Paul. Do you have a favorite?

Fun Facts for Parents: We know from his second letter to Timothy that Paul was probably aware that his time on earth was ending– and that he would be executed for his faith (see 2 Timothy 4). Though we don’t have an exact time, Paul’s death is typically dated during Nero’s rule. Nero hated Christians, blamed them for the burning of Rome and tortured them greatly. He even used Christians as human torches for lighting at his evening parties. Because he was a Roman citizen, historians report that Paul’s death would have likely come from sword or axe rather than crucifixion or burning. Many myths have popped up surrounding the death of Paul. One claims that after decapitation, Paul’s head bounced three times, leaving behind three flowing springs where it touched the ground. While the manner in which Paul was killed cannot be confirmed, we are confident that Paul was most likely killed for his faith. He was once a man driven by perfectionism and hatred of Christians until he met Jesus and was changed. I wonder how knowing Jesus changes you?

GP III: John’s Letter

Memory Verse:Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4

Summary: This story shares about John’s travels to share the Good News, his exile and writing of Revelation. It is one of our new Godly Play stories!

I wonder?…: what made John willing to go into exile? what it was like for John to see God’s vision/ revelation? what you like best about the story?

Additional Followup: Read Revelation together. You’ll probably have to talk about the symbolism in it. Where have you seen some of those images in Scripture before? Talk about what the new heavens and new earth will be like. The Bible Project has helpful  videos about this often complicated-to-understand book. Look HERE and HERE.

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