Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about a time when Jesus breathed the Spirit onto his disciples. Help our time together to be a holy time. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: John 20:19-31
Read the story of Thomas in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:
We used the Whirl Story Bible for our devotion. The story was called “Thomas Wonders.” You can purchase your own copy here: http://store.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/19372/Whirl-Story-Bible
Discuss as a family:
Why were the disciples afraid at the beginning of the story?
What did Jesus say to them?
What did the disciples receive when Jesus breathed on them?
What do you think about Thomas? Would you like to see Jesus for yourself?
Song: Peace Be With You
During the season of Easter, we sing this simple little song as we pass the peace to remind ourselves of this story. You can do it too!
Activity: Breathe the Spirit
I thought it would be fun to practice breathing the Spirit onto one another, so we used that thought to play a game. Each family member got a party horn (pictured below). We took turns being a disciple or Jesus. The disciple closed their eyes and the person secretly chosen to be Jesus breathed the Spirit onto the disciple through the party horn. The disciple then had to guess who had done the breathing. Then, the person who had been Jesus closed their eyes as a disciple, and someone else took a turn. It was a simple game, but girls are still playing it a few days later. Amazing how a simple idea can get your family to reenact our stories of faith!
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for appearing to your disciples, and for giving them peace and the Spirit. Send your Holy Spirit to us, that we may spread your peace to the world. In your name we pray, Amen.