Welcome to Faces of Easter 6: Remembering Jesus At the Last Supper, our lesson for April 9. You can also choose to do the same basic lesson but told in a different way,The Synagogue and the Upper Room (Lesson 11 in the yellow book.) Or you can combine the two lessons as you like. I bet the children would really enjoy seeing how the synagogue and the upper room physically unite together to become the church!
What a whirlwind of a story this week’s lesson is! So much happens, and all of it so very important: Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey, greeted with palms waving, Jesus teaching in the temple and sharing the parable of the widow’s offering, the temple guards’ plan to take him on Thursday, the last supper in the upper room, Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas’ kiss of betrayal and Jesus’ arrest. What an honor, to be able to share this with the children and help them process it.
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. I wonder what special message God has for you in this story
- I wonder where you are in this story. I wonder what part of this story is about you.
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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. Act out the last supper.
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.
If you’re on Pinterest, find my Last Supper page here for more ideas.
Enjoy! I hope you have a very meaningful Sunday!