Scripture:† Luke 24
Memory Verse: ďGod will raise us from death by the same power that he sued when he raised our Lord to life.Ē 1Corinthians 6:14 CEV
Offering:† One Great Hour of Sharing
1. Children will hear about Jesusí resurrection from Luke 24.
2. Using concepts from Luke 24 the class will create a worship service.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Greet the children and introduce yourself.† Wear your nametag. Make sure the children are wearing nametags. If not, ask the shepherd to supply a temporary badge. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.
2. Jesus taught us many things about Godís love. In this chapter of Luke we learn about Jesusí resurrection, his appearance to the disciples and what he told them to do. That time that Jesus spent with the disciples was like the first worship service because the disciples came to Jesus, learned about God, ate bread together and then went into the world to share Godís word. We are going to hear about Jesus and the disciples today and make our own worship service.
Review the Bible story. In the early weeks you will need to read parts of verses 24. It is long, so pick a few key verses to read spread out to coincide with the parts of worship discussion. See application below.† In later weeks review the verses by asking children to retell what happened and asking questions such as ďWhat happened when they went to the tomb?Ē etc.
Suggested readings (tomb) Luke 24:1-11, (appearance on road) Luke 24:13-15, and 28-35, (Jesus teaching) Luke 24:36-49
1. Do you remember learning about the parts of a church service in Sunday school? Letís try to remember. Have flip chart or white board to write on. We are going to make our own church service. First weíll plan and practice then weíll put it all together.
2. What is the first thing we must do? Take answers. Go to church. Write this on chart. Read Luke 24:13-15, and 28-35. In the story the disciples walk long distances to hear Jesus teach. How do we get to church, cars, Glenaire van, walk, etc?
3. What is the next step? Answers listen to Bible reading, sermon etc. This is called proclaiming Gods word. How will we proclaim Godís word in our church service? Take suggestions. Have cards with easy sentences children can read. (See below for suggestions.) Donít force children to read but take volunteers. Try to find podium or music stand draped with decorative cloth for podium to read at. How was Godís word proclaimed in our story today? Jesus taught the disciples, read Luke 24:36-49.
4. Do you know what the next step is? Responding to Godís word. How did the disciples respond to Jesus? Read Luke 24:52-53. Do you know how we do this in a church service? Singing, giving offerings. Letís pick some music for our service. Have a choice of 3 songs on CD (childrenís CDs available in DCEís office).† Take volunteers for someone to be the music director and start the CD when needed. Listen to the CDs and let children vote on the selections they would like for their service. In church we make offerings to the church of time and money. In our offering plate we can write or draw a promise of how we will follow Jesus this week and put it in our offering plate. Do we have volunteers to pass the plate? Practice passing.
5. The next step is sealing of the word also called sacraments. One sacrament we have at the Kirk is Communion. This is where we remember Jesus. Do you remember Jesus eating with the disciples? Read Luke 24:30-31. We can have bread/crackers and juice. When we eat them we can say. ďThe body of Christ given for you.Ē† Who would like to help serve juice and crackers? Take volunteers.
6. What is the last thing we do at church? Leave the service! What do we do when we leave? Go do the things that Jesus taught us to do. We have a banner that says ďGo in Godís NameĒ. After our service you can write or draw on the banner how you will follow Godís word this week. (Offer to help children who need help in writing their idea. Donít write during planning session but when you put it all together.)
Note:† Try to keep planning brief, just covering major elements, so that you donít run out of time.
7. Now letís put it all together.† Have children spread out in great hall and one volunteer can call them to service by ringing a bell. Sit in rows on carpet squares. Using above props put together worship service you have planned.
At 10:35 a.m. ask the shepherds to pass out the journal sheets and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker or some memento to paste in their journal as a reminder of the story or activity.
Prompts for journal writing: What was your favorite part of our service? Draw or write about it. If time allows share with class.
At 10:45 ask the students to close their journals and sit quietly for prayer.
Prayer:† Today letís pray the Lordsí Prayer that Jesus taught us and his disciples. ††††
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Put supplies in bin on stage and carpet squares in a pile.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
2. Prepare a closing prayer.
3. Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located. The bin with supplies is located on the stage.
∑ White board, markers or flip chart, cards with verses, podium or music stand, CD player and CDs, offering plate, paper, pencils, bread/crackers, juice, small cups napkins, Banner: Go in Godís Name, markers carpet squares
Notes provided by Lori Houck for Curriculum writerís Bible study on October 3, 2004