The church today and through the ages uses the days before Easter as a time of pilgrimage. We are asked to make our way with Jesus as he journeys toward Jerusalem. It’s a time of faith, courage, fear, hope, risk, miracle, belief, and prayer. It’s the narrative that forms our faith. Because we know where the story ends (with the cross) and begins again (with the resurrection), it’s worthwhile to consider retelling points along Jesus’ journey with our congregations, especially in their context as pilgrim stories leading us into Jesus’ passion. Below are ten stories to study afresh.
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Try not to blink, because the kids in our church seem to be growing up faster than ever. Before the world around them indoctrinates them with what it means to be great in our culture, take time to come up with creative ways to teach them that true greatness is found in something entirely different.
He Is Risen Easter Sunday School Lesson For Kids
It was an incredible series of events: Jesus was crucified, the sky turned black and the veil in the temple was torn in two. Then, early in the morning, as a new day dawned, two women made their way to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. When they arrived, nothing could have prepared them for what came next. An angel descended from heaven, an earthquake shook the tomb open, and a miraculous declaration was made: “He is not here; he has risen!” The He is Risen Easter Sunday School lesson for kids explores the greatest event in all of history – the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Matthew 27-28 Easter Sunday School lesson from Sharefaith Kids has assembled a must-have bundle of digital resources that will equip you to teach one of the greatest Bible stories of all time with creativity and confidence!
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As a child, I remember church being a place that looked very different from any other. Pews, pulpits, choir robes, and music that sounded unlike anything on the radio. The tones of an organ humming and sound of people singing embedded a distinct set of memories. From the moralistic Sunday school lessons to the rancorous church business meetings, my church was perhaps not unlike yours. The endless casserole spread at church potlucks meant “church growth” happened on a weekly basis–just not always the kind some hoped for. Your Evangelical tradition may have been far different from mine. If you grew up Catholic, you might have sung liturgy and recall the first taste of communion wine when you were confirmed. Every tradition has clergy fashion statements, with collars or, in my case, those funny wide ties that never reached the belt. Flipping through a hymnbook on a Sunday night service was accompanied by childish games of renaming the titles of hymns or reworking the lyrics to the point of sacrilege. If you grew up with traditional church, you might be too familiar with it to savor the richness of it. At least, I can relate to that experience. We make fun of it, even if we still appreciate our upbringing, but many of us abandoned church as soon as we left for college. Worship has changed over the years–much in reaction to this exodus. There was a need for a revolution in the last decades of the 20th Century. The way church was done did not work for so many. Today, we may be in the same boat.
The Crucifixion Sunday School Lesson For Kids
While it’s a painful subject to think about, the crucifixion of Jesus is the central event of the Christian faith. It was at this moment that Jesus took upon himself the full weight of our sinful choices. And there, upon that lonely cross, Jesus hung in our place and received the full weight of God’s wrath and judgement. This Crucifixion Sunday School lesson is among the most important you could ever share with your children. With the resources of Sharefaith Kids, you can teach this vital message with confidence, and inspire your kids along the way!
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