See below for resources to use for your family worship time, including a song, coloring page, learning activities activities, teaching materials and ideas for ongoing family fun. Choose the activities that best suit your family or the amount of time you have. Be blessed!
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Parent Prep (Scripture Notes)
God showed kindness to us first. None of us are better than anyone else; we are all sinners and deserve to be separated from God forever. That’s what we deserve, but God is loving, merciful and full of grace. He forgives anyone who asks for it. If God sent His Son to pay by suffering so cruelly in order for us to be forgiven, why should we decide who deserves our kindness? We can’t.
To begin your lesson:
Use this song to connect with this week's lesson. Also, choose your favorite songs to worship with your kids.
Jesus is quick to forgive the thief just as he is quick to forgive us.
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23)
FAMILY ACTIVITIES (Introduce)
Use these activities to introduce some of the themes from this week's lesson.
Crown to Wear:
Have children cut out and decorate a CROWN and write JESUS IS THE KINGS OF KINGS. Have gel glue, sequins, glitter, etc available to make a beautiful crown for the KING!
As an added twist, cut out a crown and glue toothpicks or sticks to it to represent a "crown of thorns".
Painted Cross Craft:
On a piece of paper (heavier the better, like card stock), write the phrase “Jesus is My Savior!” about ⅓ of the way down the page. Using painter’s tape or masking tape (something that will pull off the page without ripping), cover up the written phrase and then add a piece of tape vertically to create a cross. Using a cotton ball or paint brush and washable paint, have kids paint the entire page including the taped area. Once the paint is dry, remove the tape to reveal a clean white cross.
Check out a video example here:
Use the key verse, “Father, Forgive them” to play a game of Hangman. If time allows, use “I am thirsty” and “It is finished” for other rounds.
To begin the scripture lesson, check out video below OR Read from your favorite translation
Have you ever had a day where it felt like one bad thing after another kept happening?
For example, maybe you were late for school and then you broke something and then at lunch you were supposed to have your favorite sandwich, but before you could take a bite, you spilled your milk all over it and made it squishy…and when you got home, your dog ate your shoe.
Ever have a day like that? Where it felt like EVERYTHING was going wrong? And then, maybe what happens for you is that you start to get mad about it. And, maybe you get so mad that when someone asks you, "Hey, what's wrong?" – you might yell at them, "Leave me alone!" It's almost like, in those moments, that we try to share our bad day with others by making their day bad, too.
I bring this up because in today's scripture story, we hear that Jesus is having an incredibly bad day, too.
He's been arrested and punished for something he didn't do, and while he's slowly dying from that punishment, EVERYONE is making fun of him. And when I say everyone, I mean the religious leaders are making fun of him, Roman soldiers are making fun of him, even one of the criminals (who is being punished just like Jesus is) is making fun of Jesus.
It is the worst of worst days for Jesus. But, amazingly, Jesus does not get mad. Instead, Jesus does an amazing thing and asks God to forgive the people. Later on, when a second criminal, who was also having a really bad day, asked Jesus to remember him, Jesus did not say, "Go away! Leave me alone!" Instead Jesus said, "You will be with me." He quickly shows him grace. Because Jesus was seeking God's help despite having a bad day, Jesus was able to then help make that other man’s day a little bit better.
Make it personal
Today’s story, as sad as it is, is also a reminder that inviting God’s presence into our worst days keeps us from sharing our bad day with others…
…and instead helps us share God's love, forgiveness, and grace with others…
…just like Jesus did in today's story.
Family Activity (Reinforce)
Use this final activity to reinforce the themes learned in this week's lesson.
See you all next week. Be Blessed!
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