Today's lesson can be reviewed at home as follows:
Now is the time for preparing for the coming of a King and his going and his coming again. We are preparing for the Mystery of Easter.
This is a serious time. It takes many weeks to get ready to enter the Mystery of Easter. Let's look at the picture above to see how many weeks it takes and what Lent makes when it is all put together.
I wonder what this could be? (point to one of the puzzle pieces)
Here is a second piece. (point to a second piece) I wonder what this could be?
Here's a third piece (point to a third piece) They are all so different.
Here is a fourth piece. (point to a fourth piece) One, two, three, four weeks in Lent? That's the same as getting ready for Christmas. Perhaps that is all we need for Easter too.
But here's another piece. (point to a fifth piece) Lent is longer than Advent. The Mystery of Easter is an even greater mystery than the Mystery of Christmas, so it must take longer to get ready.
Yes, there's another piece! (point to the sixth piece) The time of Lent is six weeks.
Easter is a huge mystery. Lent helps us to get ready. It is a time to know more about the One who is Easter. It is also a time to learn more about ourselves.
I wonder what all these pieces make when you put them all together? Oh, I see. It makes the cross. It is also sad. Jesus grew up to be a man and died on the cross. That IS sad, but it is also wonderful.
Jesus died on the cross, but somehow he is still with us. That is why Easter is more than happy. It is joyful. Easter turns everything inside out and upside down. The sad seriousness and happiness join together to make joy.
As we close each storytelling session, we have wondering time where we can think further about the story as a group.
Some wondering questions to try at home:
I wonder what part of Lent you like best?
I wonder what part of Lent is most important?
I wonder how sadness and happiness can make joy?
Remember. This is not a time to quiz children on what they may or may not recall about the lesson. Rather, it is an opportunity to be quietly present as the children share their own experience.
You can see a Godly Play presentation of this lesson here.
Next week we will be reviewing our lesson on Crosses and will encourage the children to make their own crosses during work time. There will be no classes for the rest of April as we enjoy an Easter egg hunt, Easter, and a special farewell to Pastor Tim where the Faith Formation children will present a special gift we have been working on.