March’s Memory Verse
“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
–Zephaniah 3:17, Mighty to Save, Seeds of Praise, Track 8
This month toddlers will explore the story of Easter.
Possible activities and questions to ask with your toddler:
*Act out the story with your child, using dolls and toys to represent the characters.
*Read the accounts of the story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bible, Jesus Storybook Bible, or Jesus Calling Bible.
*Some wondering questions:
-I wonder what it felt like when Jesus died?
-I wonder what it was like to see Jesus on Easter morning?
Preschool-Jesus and Zacchaeus, Luke 19:1-10
Preschoolers will spend March following Jesus to the cross.
*I wonder what it is like to be so short that you can’t see what you want to see?
*I wonder how Zacchaeus felt when Jesus called him by name?
*I wonder what Jesus and Zacchaeus said to each other as they walked together?
*I wonder what Jesus meant when he said he was coming to find the lost?
Grades K-1-A Dark Night in the Garden (Jesus Storybook), from Luke 22
Younger Elementary children are exploring stories of Jesus’ last week.
*I wonder why Jesus’s friends kept falling asleep? I wonder how that made Jesus feel?
*I wonder why Jesus has to take on all the “brokenness of everyone’s hearts” (294)?
*I wonder why Jesus would have to lose his Father?
*I wonder why Peter cut off the guard’s ear?
Grades 2-4, Matthew 26:36-56
In preparation for Easter, the older Elementary children will explore stories of Jesus’ life and death. This week they examined Jesus in Gethsemane and his trial.
*I wonder how it felt for Jesus to accept “the cup” that God had for him in dying for everyone?
*I wonder how it felt for Jesus to be arrested when he had done nothing wrong?
*I wonder if anyone understood what Jesus meant when he said “this is all taken place so that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled” (v 56)?
*I wonder how Jesus felt when all his friends ran away?
Grades 5-6, What did Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplish?: Why did he have to die?
The younger middler schoolers began a month long study of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
*Reread John 19:1-16a.
*What does it mean that Jesus is our atonement? How does this matter to you?
*Reread Mark 9. What do you notice about Jesus here? How does it connect with your life?