April/ early May theme: We are ALL God’s Disciples! Starting April 10 through May 8, we will be talking about Discipleship. What is a disciple? (A person who follows God, and for our context especially the the life-giving love of Jesus Christ ) Were disciples only the 12 disciples that follow Jesus? (No, even though they are the ones features in Matthew, Mark and Luke) Were there female disciples too? (Of course! The Gospel of John certainly thinks so.) What are ways we can be God’s disciples? (This will be our topic of conversation on April 10, 17, 24, May 1 and May 8.)
Children’s Time/ Worship Play:
We will be focusing on the Lectionary Gospel text from John 21:1-19. It is “Breakfast with Jesus”/ “Fish Fry”/ Jesus eating fish with the disciples after the Resurrection.
In worship play, we will read the story from the “Holy Moly” Bible and Breakfast with Jesus by Mark Taylor.
We will also focus on the idea that disciples caught 153 (strange number!) fish. Jesus wants us to share God’s love with even more people. We will talk about how we share God’s love and will color fish!
If we have time we will make up hand motions to the Song “Will you come and follow me?”
We will continue the conversation of discipleship and fish with the prompt, “I am God’s disciple! I will follow God by….” We’ll make a game out of it like the ones where you go around the room repeating names.
We will sing “Will you come and follow me”
Will you come and follow me
If I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
And never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
Will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown
In you and you in me?
- PreK: Noah! (and because the story is so awesome for PreK, the lesson will be continued on April 17)
- K-4 (Upper and Lower Elementary): The Good Samaritan from Luke 10:30-37
- Middle School: Death (still in the Holy Week Series) on Mark 15:16-32
- Confirmation/ High School: Workshop 1 of 2 on writing Statements of Faith. Even if you have already written one, it is good to write one again! Our faith is certainly always growing and developing, isn’t it? Perhaps you’d like to write a Statement of Faith for the first time or again. Here’s the Statement of Faith writing helps to help the confirmation students. I think it could be helpful to others too.