Make a Resurrection Set – Children’s Activity

Make a Resurrection Set: Hands-on Easter Learning

religious Easter craft for kidsChildren learn through stories. In this case, they can even tell it themselves. Parents and teachers do an excellent job of bringing the Christmas nativity story to life, so why not Easter?

Check out this resource from Catholic Icing. It’s perfect for families to use at home, or for Sunday school directors to use at church. You might consider making one for the church nursery, or placing a set on a table near the church entrance as a sample.

Created by Lacy Rabideau in 2009, Catholic Icing offers crafts, recipes, and hands-on ideas. Lacy writes, “It is my mission to bring Christian fun to families on the internet for free, and I am always working on adding to my library of Catholic crafts!”

Click here to see The Resurrection Set at Catholic Icing

How to Download
Click the link above for full instructions and pictures.
You can download Lacy’s black and white images for free.
In addition, you can get the full-color images for $2, or as a free gift for subscribing to the site.
Note: if you don’t have empty toilet paper rolls, simply use cardstock rolled into tubes.

Some ideas for using the Resurrection set with children
Employ the Biblical narrative, introducing the characters as you tell the basics of the passion and resurrection stories. You might use a children’s Bible to help guide you along.

It is important, regardless of the book you are using, to tell children that Jesus died, and was buried, and rose again. Oftentimes, this needs no elaboration.

Here are some of our favorite Biblical storybooks for very young children.

The Bible for Young Children by Marie Helene Delval

The Spark Story Bible

Two books by Patricia Pingry: The Easter Story and The Story of Easter

After telling and showing them the story, let children play. Encourage them to tell you the story. You can help by reminding them of the characters. Make sure to encourage and thank them. And remind them that Jesus loves them.

 

Your Best VBS EVER! Tips from experts

I’ll be sharing some 25 VBS Tips shared by a GROUP Publishing VBS representative.  Here are the first 5.

1. Gather a prayer team who is committed to pray for specific needs of your VBS. Each week, give

your team an exact topic to pray about, such as safety, staffing, budget, and outreach.

2. Choose your theme in early January, then make use of that time! Volunteers often have more

free time in January and February, and may be available to work on decorating prep. Plus, it’s a

great way to escape from the gray days of winter!

3. Create excitement at the beginning of the year by holding a VBS reveal contest for kids, similar to

what Group does every summer. Post clues in your children’s ministry every week for one month.

Let each child submit one guess per week. All winning guesses get a special VBS prize.

Announce the theme and information at the end of the month.

4. Publicize your VBS during your community outreach events such as Easter, Christmas, back-toschool,

events, and fall festivals. Pass out eye-catching fliers that include the VBS dates and how

to sign up. Parents will be

 

delighted to have the dates and info on their calendars so early!

5. Network with other local churches who are using the same VBS theme. Create a calendar that

shows when each church is having VBS, so everyone can share larger items such as stage set

and decorations. You can also pass along any leftover opened packages of supplies. (Sharing

supplies can equal significant savings—in dollars 

and in time!) Plus, if churches can keep the

same week for their VBS each year, it’s easy to count on sharing decorations.

Once you’ve established a network, plan team work days to create the sets and decorations. This

is a great way to get a big job done while you get to know each other. Have a “Decorating Party”

and promote it like it’s the most fun social event of the year! Find ways to include all ages (even 2

year olds can sponge paint pizza boxes to create a rock wall) and invite various groups in your

church to do specific tasks. Provide pizza and celebrate your work!

Listen Up…for God’s Call to You

Listen Up – When Children Teach Adults about God’s Love

reposted from Building Faith  – Posted by Tina Clark on  March 17th, 2014

faithTina Clark is the Family Minister at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denver, CO. This article is based on a sermon which was written and delivered with help from the children and youth of St. Barnabas.

“So listen. Close your eyes and listen now. Hear the sound of your name, spoken in love, from the heart of your God, whose days are filled with thoughts of you, and who calls to you, singing your name into the world like a song.”

-Susan K. Bock, Liturgy for the Whole Church.

At different times of the year, we listen for different sounds. We spent Advent waiting and listening for the cries of a newborn baby. In Christmas we listened for the hymns that fill our hearts with joy and hope. We spent the season after the Epiphany listening to the words of our Savior from his baptism to his transfiguration. Twice, we listened and heard God’s pronouncement: This is my Son, the Beloved, in whom I am well pleased.

At the top of the mountain, God added:  Listen to Him.

What is it that we listen for in Lent? This year, I have asked the children in my pastoral care to listen for the following truth: YOU are beloved by God. All of us need to listen for these words; all of us can choose to see and embrace ourselves as God’s beloved.  We may even open our hearts to the notion that God is, indeed, well pleased with us.

It is fascinating to see that young children know this already, deep in their hearts and without question. As we grow, however, it becomes harder to believe in our own goodness. Our instinct is to stand back, to call ourselves unworthy of that divine embrace. But in that moment we are cheating – cheating our community, ourselves, and our God, the one who calls us Beloved. Who are we to say we aren’t worthy, if God says that we are? Even during Lent? Especially during Lent!

Jesus says we are the light of the world. But as we grow up, fear and doubt try to dim that light. Fear and doubt shut our ears to God’s call; and our hearts, too. We find ourselves answering:

“I can’t.” “I don’t have time.” “I don’t know how.” “I’m afraid.” “I’m not sure You’re real.” “I’m not sure You’re really calling me.”

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What are we afraid of, as we grow up? Afraid of looking foolish or different? Afraid of making too much work for ourselves? Afraid that what we have to give won’t be welcomed?

Jesus reminds us: Don’t light a lamp and then hide it; place it where it gives light to the whole house. Jesus says: “In the same way let your light shine before others, so they may see your good works and give glory to God in heaven.”

So we have a little bit different idea about Lent this year. The idea of spending Lent listening to God’s call to us and deciding how we will answer; looking carefully inside ourselves and thinking about our light, the gifts we may have to offer in answer to God’s call.

The shines shines, outward.  We are making Lent a time to look outside ourselves and find ways to use our gifts to shine light on others. A time to use our words in kindness and peace, not in anger or judgment. A time to look for people who need to be lifted up in some way, and to share our strength with them.

When we shine our own light upon others, we lessen their darkness. Every light that shines brightens the world, and every lamp we light makes it possible for another lamp to be lit.

And that is what God is calling us to do.

“So listen. Close your eyes and listen now. Hear the sound of your name, spoken in love, from the heart of your God, whose days are filled with thoughts of you, and who calls to you, singing your name into the world like a song.”

transcendent music

These life-giving thoughts are shared from my daughter on her 38th birthday…carpe diem!

cutting the cookie cutter

It seems every birthday after 35 just becomes one year closer to 40. I sometimes forget how old I really am because in my mind, I am almost 40. I don’t know why there is such a stigma on that age. I turned 38 yesterday and was lucky enough to be home most of the day. After a long breakfast I dug out an old mix CD that a good friend made for me years ago. I brought the CD down to the basement with me to play as I worked on creations for soft edge designs (my etsy store). I may have been turning a year older yesterday morning but while listening to some old favorites and doing what I love to do I felt younger than I have in a long time. At 38 I felt 23 again.  I embraced that feeling as I danced around the basement to the…

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