These sessions are designed for parents to use at home with their kids. They are aimed at Primary age children, but you can run the sessions however you like (expand on it, cut bits out - it's your home and your family, after all!) to make it more appropriate for any age group. To make things a little easier, anything in bold below is designed to be read aloud by a parent/adult/leader, and other stuff is intended to help direct as you lead and perhaps dig a bit deeper.
Taste it! Cut up some different fruit (or other food) into small pieces for children to taste. Blindfold them, or just get them to shut their eyes. Ask the kids what each item feels like, smells like, tastes like. Can they guess the food?
In today's story we hear about Jesus coming back to life! The disciples can't quite believe it, and use their senses to see for themselves. Watch the video:
Today's Bible passage comes from Luke 24: 36-49. The Good News Translation is below, or you can use a different translation if you like.
Suddenly the Lord himself stood among [the followers] and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
They were terrified, thinking that they were seeing a ghost. But he said to them, “Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet, and see that it is I myself. Feel me, and you will know, for a ghost doesn't have flesh and bones, as you can see I have.”
He said this and showed them his hands and his feet. They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder; so he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of cooked fish, which he took and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, “These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you.”
Take some time to go around your house, looking for the shape of the cross anywhere you see it. You'll probably see some really obvious ones (amongst window frames is usually a good place to spot them!) and some that you have to look harder to spot. See how creative you can be in finding them. Take some photos and share them with your friends, or to the Fetteresso Facebook Page. Keep them as a reminder that no matter where you are and what life may look like, Jesus is always with you.
Call out the following different commands for your children to act out. Once they've done the action, ask the corresponding question to reinforce what they have heard in today's story:
Lord Jesus, thank you that you rose again. Thank you that we can be certain of that, even though we can't touch the marks in your hands and feet. Help us to know it and believe it, and trust you with our whole lives. Amen