This lesson can be condensed 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 illustration 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 puzzle pieces)
Here is a second piece? I wonder what this could be?
Here's a third piece. They are all so different.
Here is fourth piece. One, two, three, four week in Lent? That's the same as the time for getting ready for Christmas! Perhaps that is all we need for Easter, too.
But here's another 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. 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 the 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 view a video presentation of this lesson on YouTube.
Next week is our last lesson before Palm Sunday and Easter. We will be studying the Faces of Easter.
Thank you to the Prime Family for the donation of a Buddha Board activity for the children. As always, we joyfully accept donations of lesson materials, work materials, and special art materials such as tape, watercolor paper, and recycled materials.