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.
Who’s in charge? List as many people (or jobs) who are in charge of something, and what they’re in charge of. If you like, you could draw them instead.
Last week, we heard about Jesus being welcomed into Jerusalem. But there were some who didn’t like him. Today we’re going to find out what happened when Jesus’ enemies thought they were in charge. Watch the video:
The Bible passage for this session comes from Luke 22: 47-54. The Good News Translation is below, or you can use a differnt translation if you like.
Jesus was still speaking when a crowd arrived, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. He came up to Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you betray the Son of Man?”
When the disciples who were with Jesus saw what was going to happen, they asked, “Shall we use our swords, Lord?” And one of them struck the High Priest's slave and cut off his right ear.
But Jesus said, “Enough of this!” He touched the man's ear and healed him.
Then Jesus said to the chief priests and the officers of the Temple guard and the elders who had come there to get him, “Did you have to come with swords and clubs, as though I were an outlaw? I was with you in the Temple every day, and you did not try to arrest me. But this is your hour to act, when the power of darkness rules.”
They arrested Jesus and took him away into the house of the High Priest; and Peter followed at a distance.
Make paper handcuffs by making simple paper chains, but have a larger loop at each end, that your child can slip their hand through. (You could then use these to retell the story of Jesus being arrested and taken away)
Play a game of “Simon Says”. Throw these commands and actions in occasionally:
“Draw your swords!” – Pretend to draw your sword.
“Fight!” – Have a pretend swordfight.
“Stop!” – Freeze where you are.
“Ear!” – Hold one ear, and look for the cut off piece on the floor!
“Arrest!” – Run to the person in charge, take them by the hand and lead them out of the room (don’t forget to come back!)
Finish with “Jesus is in charge!” – Put your hands on your head to make a crown.
At this point in life, as we worship at home in our smaller families, I think it's particularly fitting that we sing this song as a remider that we're still part of a much bigger, greater family: