See below for resources to use for your family worship time, including a song, coloring page, learning activities, teaching materials and ideas for ongoing family fun. Be blessed!
These will depend on the activities you choose:
Mother’s Day Crafts: Download craft sheet, crafting supplies for each activity
Lesson: Two slices of bread, a stick of butter / margarine, a slice of cheese, and a frying pan
Witnessing Crafts: Craft supplies for each
Pass It On Game: large # of small items (toys, cotton balls, paper wads, pencils, etc.)
PARENT PREP (SCRIPTURE NOTES):
Perhaps one of the most gracious things Jesus did after His resurrection was to appear to the disciples, proving He was alive. The disciples were devastated to see that Jesus had died. How could He save them if He was dead?
Even though Jesus had foretold His death and resurrection (Matthew 20:17-19), Jesus’ disciples believed by seeing. Jesus showed the disciples His hands and His side to prove He was not a ghost. He had a real, physical body. Then He spoke to them: “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). This verse contains the Gospel of John’s version of the Great Commission.
Jesus, the One sent from the Father, was now sending the disciples to be His messengers and representatives. Jesus equipped the disciples with the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel. Thomas, who was not with the disciples when Jesus came, had a hard time believing that they saw Him. Thomas wanted physical proof—and that is just what He got! Jesus showed Thomas His hands and His side. Thomas immediately believed.
Jesus’ resurrection proved that God was satisfied with Jesus’ blood sacrifice for sins and that God’s new covenant had begun. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul addressed how the resurrection is essential to the gospel. In verse 17, Paul writes, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” If Christ had remained dead, His death would have meant nothing more than yours or mine. Humanity would still be without hope. Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope that we one day too will be raised and changed. God gives us victory over death through Jesus.
Emphasize to the kids you teach that Jesus is alive! Share with them that they have a special purpose: to tell others that Jesus is alive. He is reigning as King today over all of creation.
Just as those who saw the resurrected Jesus were given the Holy Spirit and told to be witnesses, we are equipped by the Holy Spirit and by knowing Jesus to share more about him.
48 You are witnesses of these things. (Luke 24)
FAMILY ACTIVITIES (Introduce):
Choose activities that fit your family's needs and that you have the time for.
Mother's Day Crafts:
Use the dandelion print out and have kids use finger paint to dab on their fingerprints to make a dandelion for mom to "make a wish".
Intermediate Flower (2)
To begin your lesson:
Use this song to connect with this week's lesson. Also, choose your favorite songs to worship with your kids.
Use the link below to watch a short clip of this week's passage OR read Luke 24:36-49.
So, I've decided that I'm going to have lunch, here, today. I've brought it with me.
Make it personal:
FAMILY ACTIVITIES (REINFORCE):
Use these activities to reinforce the lessons learned today. These are also great to bring back during the week to remind you child of the lessons from today.
WORDLESS BOOK WITNESSING: Give children 5 small pieces of construction paper together -- all the same size and one of each color of black, white, red, green and yellow. This is the "wordless book" that the children can use to WITNESS about Jesus. The black page is first and stands for our sins. The second page is white and stands for our hearts being white as snow; the third page is red and stands for Jesus' blood that washed our sins away; the 4th page is yellow and stands for heaven and the fifth page is green and can stand for Christian growth after accepting Jesus as our Savior. A BLUE page could be added as well to stand for baptism as we "witness" to others about our decision to follow Christ. Staple the together into a booklet.
WITNESS BRACELET: Give children the black, red, white, red, yellow, green and blue beads and string the beads onto a piece of plastic lacing and tell the GOSPEL story. Tie the string and wear home. Tell the children to make another WITNESS bracelet to give to someone else to witness to them about JESUS, as well!
"Pass it on" game
SUPPLIES: A large number of items of your choice, estimate 3 items per kid
Gather a large number of items into a pile. Items could be cotton balls, books, small toys, wads of scrap paper, and so forth. Items should be easy to pass from one kid to another. Ask kids to stand or sit in a circle formation. Explain that you will hand items to a player one-by-one. Each item is to be passed to the right around the circle. Each item may not be put down. If a player drops an item, she must pick it up. The number of items will continue to increase. When the kids begin to struggle to keep up or begin to drop multiple items, stop the game and debrief.
Say: The gospel—the good news of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection—is a message that God’s people are to share with others. We are to pass it on. In our game, you had too many items to manage. It would be hard for one person to tell every non-Christian about Jesus. We all must share the message of Christ. It is a command Jesus gave His followers.
See you all next week. Be Blessed!
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