March 14 –
Scripture: John 20:1-18 and 21:1-14
Key Scripture Verse: John - Jesus said, “...tell my disciples that I am going to the one who is my father and my God, as well as your father and your God.” (Contemporary English Version)
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life!” John14:6 CEV
· Jesus conquered death
· God’s abundant gifts are available through Jesus Christ
1. Learn that these passages relate Jesus’ resurrection and the continuance of his mission to share the love of God – Jesus is alive!
2. Understand that this is another miracle, but one that happened after Jesus death, where he showed the power of God by surprising his disciples with unexpected results.
3. Know that after Jesus was raised from death, he still cared for his disciples.
4. Children will create a cloth cross bookmark for their Bibles to remind them that Jesus died on the cross but was raised from death.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag. Make sure that everyone is in the right classroom! Children will either already have name tags on, or will get a nametag from their shepherd. Make sure that you know everyone’s name and greet the students individually. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.
2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer thanking God for his son Jesus who is our savior would be appropriate.
1. This Bible lesson tells two stories - Jesus’ resurrection (coming back to life) and another miracle that happened on the Sea of Galilee as told in the New Testament book of John (note that John called the Sea of Galilee by its new name the Sea of Tiberius). Like the story of Thomas and other Easter stories, we learn that after Jesus died on the cross and was placed in the sealed tomb, his disciple Mary Magdalene found the stone rolled away from the entrance. She ran and told Peter and another disciple (maybe John who wrote this story) who also looked and found the tomb empty.
2. When they left, Mary Magdalene stood crying out side the tomb. When she looked in again, she saw two angels. They asked, “Why are you crying?” She answered, “They have taken away my Lord’s body and I don’t know where they have put him.” As soon as she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know who he was. When he spoke her name, she recognized him and said “Teacher!” Jesus told her, “Don’t hold on to me! I have not yet gone to the Father. But tell my disciples that I am going to the one who is my father and my God, as well as your father and your God.”
3. Jesus later appeared to his disciples along
the shore of the
4. What a wonderful Bible story! It tells us that after Jesus died on the
cross, he came alive again. It
also names several people who saw him and spoke with him. And it tells of another miracle on the
5. Today, you will be making cross bookmarks for your Bibles as a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus may have died on the cross, but Christians use the empty cross as a reminder that he lives. Next time you go to church service with your parents, look at the cross hanging above the altar. There are many different designs for crosses and they all remind us of Jesus.
1. Create! READ the Bible story (1-5 above) with expression. Tell the children to listen carefully for parts that remind them of other Bible stories about Jesus and miracles.
2. Show them the sample of what they will be creating. Demonstrate the technique and tell them that they will be taking away threads and replacing them with colored yarn.
3. Steps: Pass out pre-cut fabric crosses. Point out that the fabric is woven of threads. Although it looks like sewing, they will actually be weaving – drawing out threads and replacing them with colored yarn. Pull out threads slowly by pressing down on the cross with one hand and slowly drawing out the thread (or bundle of threads in monks cloth). Do not do it up in the air or in laps. When one thread has been removed, replace it with colored yarn. Replace one removed row before pulling out other threads. Ask the shepherds to assist with threading needles. Yarn may be replaced horizontally and/or vertically. As they go over and under the cross threads to insert yarn, think of how we can weave what we learn about Jesus into our lives.
4. Clean up! Collect needles for future projects. Involve everyone in cleaning up so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a prearranged signal for clean up and tell them at beginning of art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on.
5. Turn out lights and lock the classroom door when leaving.
1. Ask the shepherds to pass out Journals and pencils/markers. The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson – Where did these stories take place? What does the word resurrection mean? What did the disciples think when they saw the empty tomb? Which disciples saw Jesus? What miracle is told in this Bible Story? How did Jesus care for the disciples? What did Jesus say about his father?
2. At 10:40 ask the kids to close their journals and prepare for the closing prayer.
1. Encourage them to think about letting what we learn about Jesus guide our lives.
2. Tell them that their Pennies will be given to One Great Hour of Sharing to show that we care about those in need throughout the world.
3. Say the Key Memory Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home.
4. Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Thank God for sending Jesus to care for us. Help us to remember that it was God’s power that brought Jesus back to life. God’s power is everywhere and will help us to do good things. God is our Father.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passage and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.
2. Practice reading the Bible story (above) with expression.
3. Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.
4. Check the art room and the supply closet to see what supplies exist. Experiment with what the children will be doing.
5. Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process. Have the materials ready to go. There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.
6. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or ask for suggestions.
Burlap or Monks cloth cut into crosses (monks cloth must be sealed in the “L” corners to prevent fraying – use liquid stitch or a similar product)
Precut and sealed fabric crosses and needles will be provided.