Grove Kids -April 3, 2022
Believe there’s a bigger picture
This Month’s Memory Verse:
In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world. John 16:33b, NIrV
This Month’s Life App:
Hope—Believing that something good can come out of something bad
You Raise Me Up
Lazarus Raised | John 11:1-45
We start the month with friends of Jesus who had lost all hope. John records an incredible moment that we find in John 11:1-45. When Lazarus died, Jesus used the opportunity to point people to God. Jesus was stronger than even death itself and raised Lazarus back to life four days after death.
I can trust God no matter what.
Whatever happens, remember how powerful God is.
God can do amazing things in your life. We pray that kids will understand that when they face something difficult or hard to understand, they’ll find hope that God’s power can help us through whatever we face.
Message to Parents
If you were at Mission Grove Church when we had comedian, Andrew Stanley, then you heard some funny jokes. I loved the one he shared about the congregation who thought to themselves, “here we go again, doesn’t this pastor have any new material for his Easter sermon?”. While Easter is no laughing matter, we can certainly fall prey to the idea we must be entertained in a new way each year. Just check out my Easter Pinterest board; new crafts, bigger better decorations, more exciting brunches than last year, ..the list goes on. Generally speaking, we are not content with the same ‘ole. And Easter can be no different. If I’m real with myself, I want to know if my life reflects this same idea of wanting more? If Jesus came and found me in my state of wanting a bigger better Easter, would he be proud? Would it show that my heart is content with the truth of His story alone? Are my traditions of the Easter Celebration sacred to Him? I don’t know. What I do know, is that my best Easter celebrations have been when I’ve truly reflected on the story and what it means for me as a child of my Savior.
As we all prepare our hearts for Easter, the best ways aren’t always through a sermon or comedic commentary, but straight from the timeless Word of God; the Bible. Take a minute to read this week’s lesson about how Jesus saved Lazarus straight from the Word of God:
Now for your Kids...
For several years, I’ve used the Family Life Resurrection Eggs to share with my nieces and nephews the story of Easter. Many of us, especially children, love using our senses while we learn. These Eggs help the children use many of their five senses to engage in the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem, teaching the people, praying in the garden up till he was captured and mistreated by those that didn’t love Him, and yes, even dying on the cross for our sins. We will be using these Resurrection Eggs in our story on Easter Sunday. You are welcome to join your children for the lesson as well, but you don’t have to wait for Easter Sunday to begin discussing the Good News with your kids. For instructions on how to create your own Resurrection Eggs with free printables, click on the link below:
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