As Easter approaches, we’re reposting Jackie’s recommendations for Easter family resources. Some of these books are even available in our new DIG Library!
March’s Memory Verses
Toddlers-4th Grade: Matthew 16:24-25
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (“Follow Me,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 6)
5th-8th Grade: The Lord’s Prayer (from Matthew 6:9-13)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
7th-8th Grade: Philippians 4:8
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Toddlers: Jesus and Zacchaeus
During March toddlers are learning about Jesus and Zacchaeus. Possible activities to do with your toddler:
- Act out the story with your child using plastic or wooden figures.
- Read the accounts of this story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bibleor Jesus Storybook Bible.
- Ask some wondering questions:
- I wonder why Zacchaeus climbed the tree?
- I wonder how Zacchaeus felt when Jesus noticed him?
Preschool: Jesus and Zacchaeus
Preschoolers are now hearing about Christ’s Road to Jerusalem.
- 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?
K-4th Grade: Communion
At BeFree children are treated as full participating worshippers and welcomed into all parts of the service when appropriate. For communion to be meaningful for children, we must explicitly teach them about its purpose and meaning.
On Sunday, the elementary students will participate in a lesson about communion, focusing on Jesus’ Last Supper. Your child will bring home a handout with communion resources for parents and children.
Here is an additional list of wondering questions to discuss at home:
- I wonder why they would drink “the blood”?
- I wonder why it is called “The Last Supper”?
- I wonder why Jesus had to die for us?
- I wonder how it felt in the room during the Last Supper?
- I wonder what kinds of things you think about during Communion?