Nobody liked Zacchaeus. He was a tax collector and often took extra money and kept it for himself. As a result, Zacchaeus was very rich, but nobody liked him, because he was dishonest.
One day Jesus came to town and everyone wanted to see him. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus too, but he had a problem, he was short. So Zacchaeus climbed a tree, so that he could see Jesus. As Jesus walked down the street, he saw Zacchaeus in the tree. He called to him and told him that he wanted to have lunch with him at his house. Everyone was surprised. They grumbled, "Why would Jesus want to eat with Zacchaeus! Zacchaeus is a sinner! He steals!" During lunch, Jesus and Zacchaeus talked about living in God's way. As they talked Zacchaeus realized that only thinking of himself and stealing from others was wrong. He told Jesus that he would give half of his property to the poor, and that he would give back four times the amount he stole from others. Jesus told Zacchaeus that today he and his family were followers of God.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not relay on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." (NRSV)
What we will learn:
Interview Zacchaeus in Good News.
Praising Puppets discover what being a Christian means.
In Holywood, watch a video on Zacchaeus and make a weaving mat.
Play a game on cheating and see what it was like to be Zacchaeus in Antioch Arcade.
Finger-paint a picture of Zacchaeus, up in a tree, looking down at Jesus in Creation Station.
Tell the story of Zacchaeus with clothespin characters and scenery that you make in Apostle's Playhouse.
Thank-you to our Zacchaeus Workshop Leaders:
Holywood - Mary Hill
Creation Station - Liz Railton
Praising Puppets - Barry Harmon
Good News - Karen Fleischhauer
Apostle's Playhouse - Angela Farthing
Antioch Arcade - Laura Heintschel and John Leonard
Thank you to our Curriculum Design Team: Carole Rhodes, Lee Smith, Allison Connors, Angela Farthing, Robin Morris, Catherine Devins, Amy Woynicz, Lori Houck and Marcia Hale, Interim Director of Children's Ministry.