The Way (John 14:1-14)
Today Jesus told his disciples that he is the way, the truth, and the life!
Ask everyone to consider:
Read the story again and then invite each person to share either their favourite or most surprising part of the reading.
Ask everyone to consider
Another great print from Rev. Sarah West from Visio Lectio.
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Another great video from the Diocese of Dunedin. As we journey through the Easter season, the lectionary takes us back - unexpectedly? - to Jesus' final talks with his beloved disciples, preparing them for his death. But maybe he's preparing us for life beyond both his death and resurrection! Join Lisa, John, Anne and Michael as they talk of troubled hearts, faith, dwelling places and coming home.
Memory verse treasure hunt
You will need:
6 clues and hiding places. Each clue is a section of the memory verse from John 14:5-6
Put together a treasure hunt for the children depending on the space you have! Along the way, the children will find parts of the memory verse and another clue leading them to a different location.
If you are doing this at home...
Do not worry if the clues are found out of order. Part of the game could be coming together at the end to look up the verse and all helping to put the clues in the right order, to win the prize.
Rev Sandy Brodine looks at utilising stones, Mandalas and paths as a way of exploring the readings from 1 Peter, Acts and John. Downloadable now from https://intergen.org.au/
Labyrinth maze prayers
Labyrinth ideas include:
The concept of the maze helps kids think about how there is a start and a finish — with multiple different paths and turns they can take, but only one way to complete the maze. Jesus says that he is the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE — let's encourage the children to follow his way today!
We have put together two different mazes for you to try -- a medium level one, and a more advanced level one! Find the symbols as you navigate your way through the maze.
"I am the way" compass
Use milk bottle lids and split pins to make a compass to remind us to keep our way focused on God and that he will lead us in His ways.
The craft instructions are on Ashley Hackshaw's Lil Blue Boo website, here: https://www.lilblueboo.com/2015/11/diy-ornament-ideas-vintage-compass.html
The Holy Spirit is promised (John 14:15-21)
In today's story, Jesus promises that he will send the Holy Spirit to his disciples.
Introduction to the Holy Spirit
With Pentecost being celebrated in 2 weeks time, today is a great time to introduce children to the idea of the Holy Spirit. Often the most difficult person in the trinity to explain, the children can know that God the Father sends us the Holy Spirit to help us and will always be with us. The Spirit will show us what is true. The Holy Spirit is with us and will keep on living in us.
Use the dove and flame prayer template from Strandz to talk about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us power, wisdom, and peace.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Read John 14:15-21 together
What idea or phrase in the reading caught your attention?
Watch this Bible Project YouTube clip together and consider “What ideas are new or surprising?”
(This video is suitable for older kids, and might be a little complex for younger kids,, but they might enjoy watching it anyway)
Another great video from the Diocese of Dunedin. This week Jesus speaks to us of love and of the coming of the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, Comforter - and challenger. We have a fine mix of accents today: American, Australian and a tinge of Wales! But for once our panellists found a lot in common in our Gospel reading, as Jesus gives us both a command and deep reassurance.
Dove and flame prayers
Comfort prayer stations
In advance, set up prayer stations around the room. The signs include
Give children time to go to different stations and say a prayer out loud, draw a picture or say a silent prayer.
Prayer - the work of the Spirit
Before going up to heaven you promised to send your Holy Spirit to finish your work on earth. Please help us welcome the work of your spirit, in each of us.
Give us your understanding so we can see the world through your eyes.
Give us your wisdom so we can recognise you at work and choose to work with you, on the things that last forever.
Give us your courage so that with your help, we will not give up.
Teach us to wonder and delight in all you have created.
Teach us gratefulness, so we will always be thankful for all that you do, in and through us.
Teach us to love all people, just like you do.
Holy Spirit flames
A sheet to colour in, or print on card and use as a craft item. Ideas include: