Hi Godly Play Teachers!Welcome to Faces of Easter VI: Remembering Jesus At the Last Supper, our lesson for April 1.
This Sunday at our church our first - fifth grade choirs will be singing in worship, so our time with most of our kids will be shorter than normal, so I know you'll want to get straight to the story. This is a perfect week to let the children respond to the story by gathering things from the Godly Play materials in the room that they feel help tell the story. I hope you'll be able to jot these down for me, along with their thinking on this, so that I can share it with the parents. I'll also have the following wondering questions for you in case that works better for your class, or if you have time to do both:
1. I wonder what part of the story is your favorite.
2. I wonder what part of the story is the most important.
3.In the parable Jesus taught in the temple about the old woman's offering, I wonder who really gave the most, the old woman or the rich man.
4. When Jesus had the supper with the disciples and broke the bread and shared the wine, I wonder what they thought it meant.
5. I wonder how the disciples felt when the guards took Jesus away.
6. The Bible says that the disciples ran away. I wonder what thoughts were going through their minds.
7. I wonder what thoughts were going through the mind of Jesus.
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We'll have some non-choir children who'll have time to respond to the story creatively, so here are some ideas to add to your own:
1. Retell the story in sections. The story can be divided into scenes, with children working on different ones in pairs or individually. These can be hung together in your classroom if you like. Scenes would include the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, Jesus teaching in the temple, an illustration of the parable of the widow's offering, the Last Supper, Jesus praying in the garden, Jesus' arrest.
2. Make more ornaments for your Jesus (Easter) tree. Children could make donkeys or palm branches, representations of the widow's offering, bread or chalices of wine, praying hands or a praying Jesus, or bags of money, representing the 30 pieces of silver Judas was paid to betray Jesus.
3. Palm art. Here are directions for palm crosses for older children. You can use green ribbon too.
4. See more ideas of Palm Sunday crafts here.
Enjoy! I hope you have a very meaningful Sunday!