Children’s Devotion Time: Holy Week 2019

Gathering Prayer (Large group, repeat after me style)

Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to learn more about what happened to you during Holy Week.  Send your Holy Spirit to us, that we may know how much you love us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

The Story of Holy Week (Do in pairs)

**Learn the story of Holy Week and put together your Holy Week Story Box.

The Story of Holy Week Resource is available here:  http://www.rtcol.com/~kreft/biblestories/docs/Holy%20Week%20Story.pdf

I edited it for length and content, including only pages 1, 3-6, and 8-9 plus copyright information.  I also added circles that indicated which story went to which day of Holy Week, and a condensed paragraph about Good Friday.

Stickers and template for palms is available here: Holy Week Story Box Printables

I printed the palm leaves on green cardstock. I printed the stickers on a full sheet prinatble sticker page.

Palm Sunday

1.  Read the front page of “The Story of Holy Week” (Palm Sunday) with your partner.

2.  Open your box and find 2 green palm papers.  Cut them out along the solid line, and add fringe as indicated in the example.

Maundy Thursday

3.  Read the next three pages of “The Story of Holy Week” (Maundy Thursday) with your partner.

4.  Find the sticker with the white table cloth, loaf of bread, and glass of wine.  Stick the sticker to the lid of the box.

Good Friday

5.  Read the next page of “The Story of Holy Week” (Good Friday) with your partner.

6.  Find the two strips of black paper.  Use a glue stick to stick the strips to the outside bottom of the box in the shape of a cross.

7.  Find the gold pipe cleaner section.  Curve and twist it into a crown of thorns, making sure that it will fit securely onto Jesus’ head.

8.  Find the piece of white cloth.  Set it aside for now.

Easter Sunday

9.  Read the next two pages of “The Story of Holy Week” with your partner.

10.  Find the piece of brown cereal box.  Add a tab to one of the short sides with a piece of tape as indicated in the example.

11.  Find the “Alleluia” sticker.  Stick it to the inside bottom of the box, and then cover it with the cereal box, brown side up.  You are now ready to tell the story of Holy Week with your box and the following song:

Holy Week Story Box (Do as a large group)

**Tell the story with your box, singing the song in between each day of Holy Week.  Here is the Youtube video that accompanies this experience:  https://youtu.be/GwBGwyiQhD0

**Thanks to Building Faith for the idea!  I modified it for our group.  Find the original post here:  https://www.buildfaith.org/holy-week-in-a-box/#gref

Palm Sunday (Jesus with palms)
Were you there when they had a palm parade?
Were you there when they had a palm parade?
Oh, oh, oh, oh. 
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they had a palm parade?

Maundy Thursday (Jesus behind altar box)
Were you there when he gave the bread and wine?
Were you there when he gave the bread and wine?
Oh, oh, oh, oh. 
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when he gave the bread and wine?

Good Friday (Jesus with crown of thorns next to cross on back of box)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Good Friday (Wrap Jesus in cloth, close into box)
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Easter Morning (Open box, Jesus out of box, remove false bottom to reveal Alleluia!)
Were you there when he rose up from the dead?
Were you there when he rose up from the dead?
Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when he rose up from the dead?

Closing Prayer (Large group, repeat after me style)

Dear Jesus, we thank you for loving us so much that you died and rose again.  Help us to follow where you lead, and tell the great news of your love to others.

Now, Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray: (Lord’s Prayer with motions) 

Our Father…

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Handheld Prayers: Lent 2019

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

Here is a file containing the information card in each satchel: https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/handheld-prayers-explanation-card-2019.pdf

JINGLE BELL/CLICK PEN: Praise

I find it helpful to begin my prayers by remembering who God is and what God has done for me. Hold your jingle bell in the palm of your hand and let it jingle. If you don’t have a jingle bell handy, you can click the top of a click pen until it sounds like applause. As you do this, offer to God in prayer all of the ways that make God wonderful to you. You might choose to start with Psalm 139:14 “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Keep a jingle bell or click pen handy this week, and practice offering your praise to God in prayer.

STONE: Confession

One of the things that we can do when we pray is to get all the things that bother us off of our chest.  When we admit to the wrong things that we have done, it is called confession.  When I have done something wrong, it often feels like a rock is in the pit of my stomach.  If I try to ignore that feeling, it still bothers me, like the feeling of a pebble in my shoe. Hold your stone in the palm of your hand. As you do this, offer to God in prayer all those things that are weighing you down. You might choose to start with 1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Keep a stone handy this week, and practice offering your confession to God in prayer.

BINDER CLIP: Intercession

One of the most popular ways to pray is to pray for someone else who is in need.  This type of prayer is called intercession.  When we pray of others, we are asking God to hold them close, so this week’s Handheld Prayer object is a binder clip or paperclip.  Hold it in your hand and squeeze it open and shut as you tell God about all the people who you know need God to hold them close today.  You might choose to start or end with Romans 8:26 “The Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.”  Keep your binder clip handy this week, and practice offering intercessions to God on behalf of others.

WARM FUZZY:  Petition

When we pray for ourselves, offering our deepest hopes and fears to God, it is called petition.  When I was a kid, we learned that offering someone a compliment was a “warm fuzzy,” while an insult was a “cold prickly.”  Because we are asking for the comfort which comes only from God, petition is a warm fuzzy.  Hold it in your hand and squeeze it as you tell God about what you need today.  You might choose to start or end with Psalm 86:7 “I call on you and you answer me.”  Keep your warm fuzzy handy this week, and practice telling God what you need.

COIN:  Thanksgiving

Another popular way to pray is to offer people, places, and things for which we are thankful to God in prayer.  But how do we get beyond the big, general categories and into everyday thankfulness?  For this type of prayer, you have a quarter.  It is not worth much, and gives us a good reminder that something does not have to be big or particularly precious in order to spark our thankfulness.  Hold it in your hand or transfer it from hand to hand as you tell God about the little things for which you are thankful.  You might choose to start or end with Psalm 107:1 “I give thanks to the Lord, for you are good; your steadfast love endures forever.”  Every time that you hold a coin in your hand this week, practice giving thanks to God for the little things.

Handheld Prayers: Thanksgiving

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

Here is a file containing the information card in each satchel:  https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/handheld-prayers-explanation-card-2019.pdf

COIN:  Thanksgiving

Another popular way to pray is to offer people, places, and things for which we are thankful to God in prayer.  But how do we get beyond the big, general categories and into everyday thankfulness?  For this type of prayer, you have a quarter.  It is not worth much, and gives us a good reminder that something does not have to be big or particularly precious in order to spark our thankfulness.  Hold it in your hand or transfer it from hand to hand as you tell God about the little things for which you are thankful.  You might choose to start or end with Psalm 107:1 “I give thanks to the Lord, for you are good; your steadfast love endures forever.”  Every time that you hold a coin in your hand this week, practice giving thanks to God for the little things.

Handheld Prayers: Petition

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

Here is a file containing the information card in each satchel:  https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/handheld-prayers-explanation-card-2019.pdf

WARM FUZZY:  Petition
When we pray for ourselves, offering our deepest hopes and fears to God, it is called petition. When I was a kid, we learned that offering someone a compliment was a “warm fuzzy,” while an insult was a “cold prickly.” Because we are asking for the comfort which comes only from God, petition is a warm fuzzy. Hold it in your hand and squeeze it as you tell God about what you need today. You might choose to start or end with Psalm 86:7 “I call on you and you answer me.” Keep your warm fuzzy handy this week, and practice telling God what you need.

Handheld Prayers: Intercession

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

Here is a file containing the information card in each satchel:  https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/handheld-prayers-explanation-card-2019.pdf

BINDER CLIP: Intercession

One of the most popular ways to pray is to pray for someone else who is in need.  This type of prayer is called intercession.  When we pray of others, we are asking God to hold them close, so this week’s Handheld Prayer object is a binder clip or paperclip.  Hold it in your hand and squeeze it open and shut as you tell God about all the people who you know need God to hold them close today.  You might choose to start or end with Romans 8:26 “The Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.”  Keep your binder clip handy this week, and practice offering intercessions to God on behalf of others.

Children’s Devotion Time March 2019: JESUS IS TEMPTED

One of the churches in our parish has begun having inter-generational Sunday School once per month.  We call it “Children’s Devotion Time” or “CDT.”  Each child in the class has an older adult who serves as an individual mentor during devotion time.  It includes an opening prayer, a large group Bible Story, an age-appropriate leaflet about the day that they work on in child/adult pairs, a closing prayer, and a simple craft.  It is based on Family God Time, but done at church and for a larger group.  Join us in this new faith formation experiment!

You can learn more about just how we have set this up here:  https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/childrens-devotion-time-instructions.pdf

Large Group Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to learn about a time when you were tempted.  Help us to learn to follow you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Large Group Bible Story:  Luke 4:1-13

Read about Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4%3A1-13&version=ERV

We used “A Tempting Time” from the Whirl Lectionary Story Bible for our resource.  You can purchase your own copy here: https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/product/9781451484786/Whirl-Story-Bible-Lectionary-Edition

Pray Dough Mat:

Use the front side of the pray dough mat to retell the story together.  As you tell the story, fill in the shapes with play dough.  Once you have done this, flip the mat over and pray as you use the dough to fill in the same shapes, considering the questions on the mat as you pray.

You can find the mat here: https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/cdt-temptation-play-dough-mat-19.pdf

I printed it on cardstock and laminated each one so that they were more durable and reusable.

Here is a link to the laminator I use:  https://www.amazon.com/Xyron-608931028515-624632-Creative-Original/dp/B00X3EZ5VO/

Large Group Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear Jesus, we thank you that you love us no matter what. Help us to stay near to you, especially in tough times. In your name we pray, Amen.

Activity:  Lenten Pray Place

Supplies needed per learner
purple napkin
clear bowl
decorative sand
red strips of paper
heart paper punch
pipe cleaner
6 black flat-sided marbles (or small stones)

Instructions

I found this graphic on Pinterest, and thought it would make a great activity to welcome Lent:

I added a tealight to this Pray Place so that we can remember that, even in dark times, Jesus is the Light of the World.  Turning the light on and off helps to begin and end our prayer time.

I could not find the original reference, but the pin attributed it to a pastor named Mary Dawes. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/433753007860838996/

© 2019 by Pastor Breen Marie Sipes, Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish, Byron and Hardy, Nebraska.  https://familygodtime.wordpress.com Please give credit where credit is due! 

Handheld Prayers: Confession

What does a jingle bell, click pen, stone, binder clip, paperclip, warm fuzzy, and quarter have to do with quiet prayer?  On Sundays in Lent, Quiet Lent Prayer Practices will return with all new Handheld Prayers.  Our Handheld prayer satchels will contain five small objects that fit in our hands and remind us in a small, everyday way of the many options we have when we open the conversation to God in prayer.

Here is a file containing the information card in each satchel:  https://familygodtime.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/handheld-prayers-explanation-card-2019.pdf

STONE: Confession

One of the things that we can do when we pray is to get all the things that bother us off of our chest.  When we admit to the wrong things that we have done, it is called confession.  When I have done something wrong, it often feels like a rock is in the pit of my stomach.  If I try to ignore that feeling, it still bothers me, like the feeling of a pebble in my shoe. Hold your stone in the palm of your hand. As you do this, offer to God in prayer all those things that are weighing you down. You might choose to start with 1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Keep a stone handy this week, and practice offering your confession to God in prayer.