From Pastor Donne’s Desk on Easter Sunday!

Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this Sunday!

In the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 27 | Jesus Lives!

Bible Basis: Matthew 26; 28; John 20 – 21

Bible Verse: Luke 24:6 “Jesus is not here! He has risen! Remember how he told you he would rise. It was while he was still with you in Galilee.”

Bible Point: Jesus died on the cross, but he came back to life. Because Jesus died for me, I am saved and can live for him!

 

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

“Jesus Is Arrested and Crucified” (pages 446 – 452)

“Jesus Is Risen!”(pages 453–458)

“Jesus Returns”(pages 459–461)

“A Net Full of Fish” (pages 462 – 465)

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

After Jesus died, where was his body placed? 
(In a tomb.)

Did Jesus stay in the tomb?(No, he came out and is alive today.)

Did Jesus visit his friends after he came back to life? (Yes.)

When Jesus’ friends saw him, what did they think he was? (A ghost.)

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. Provide your child with props, such as a table covered with a blanket for a tomb, to help reenact the story of the resurrection. Give your child a blanket to cast a net to catch some “ fish” or stuffed animals.

When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.

EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.

It is often easier for children to memorize Scripture if they understand what the verse is saying. So when you practice your child’s memory work this week, take the time to explain exactly what the verse is saying. When the meaning is clear to your child, memorizing it will not seem like a pointless chore.

This week, we learned about the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is a good opportunity to discuss salvation with your child. Children are often confused about the concept of salvation, and this confusion can sometimes lead to them postponing a personal commitment to Christ. Make sure your child understands why Jesus died and why personal salvation is important. Don’t be pushy, but if your child shows an interest in this topic, make an effort to answer all questions. Because your child is young, use simple words and phrases, such as, “Jesus died on a cross to forgive all the bad things we do. But then he came alive again because Jesus is bigger than all the bad things in the whole world! If you believe that Jesus died for you and rose from the dead, you can go to heaven and live with him!”

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Easter Sunday!

 

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what happened in class this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:


Today we talked about the resurrection and how Skittles can help us remember the Easter story. Purple reminds us that we are sinners. Yellow reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. Red reminds us of the blood of Jesus. Orange reminds us of the sunrise on Easter Sunday. And green reminds us that Jesus gives us new life.

HANGING OUT:

Get a bag of Skittles and see if your kids can teach you the Easter story using the candies like it was demonstrated in their class today!

At Dinner:

Here are some great discussion starters:

Why did Jesus die on the cross?

What happened on Easter morning?

How can we share the good news of Easter with our friends?

AT BEDTIME:

Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” – Matthew 28:6 (NIV)

PARENT TIME:

What you need to know:

The goal this week was to give kids a colorful way to remember and share the Easter story using Skittles. Let your kids share it with you this week, and encourage them to choose a friend to share the colorful gospel story with!

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