Good Friday 2021

A Tale of Three Trees

By Angela Elwell Hunt

Psalm 8:1 How majestic is Your name

Preschool Series - ALIVE

After Jesus rose from the dead, he spent time visiting people and spending a little more time with his disciples. In this series, kids will hear stories of Jesus and his friends after he rose from the dead. This series is about Jesus after death, and children will be reminded that Jesus is alive forever!

The Story of Easter - Jesus' Sacrifice

from Luke 23

Puzzle Cut Up

Key Verse Puzzle.pdf

Jesus is alive!

EASTER - Flipbook

The Easter Story Flipbook.pdf

Sing and Dance!

Time to Colour!

Good Friday - Craft.pdf
Key Verse Crosses.pdf

March Series: LUKE - RESCUE

Jesus came to show us God's love and set up his kingdom. We see that in his life. We also see it in his death. In Jesus' death, we see an unassuming rescue. Jesus saves us from sin and death. He rescues us from a life of selfishness, loneliness, and sin to an eternal life with God. Jesus came to rescue the lost. To be a light in the darkness. He came to save us from sin, show us God's love, and set up his kingdom. We are forgiven. We are loved. We are rescued.

Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of Him, all our sins have been forgiven.

Colossians 1:14

K - Grade 3

Conversation starters...

What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever done for a friend?

For a family member?

For someone whom you didn’t know well?

What do you think the word “suffer” means?

Big Idea: Jesus suffered for us.

What is the temple curtain all about?

The temple curtain separated the Holy Place (where people could be) and the Most Holy Place (where God was).

It's tearing showed the reunion of people with God! There was no longer a barrier caused by sin.

The tearing of the curtain in the temple is important!

What did it symbolize?

Draw or write about things that separate us from God (i.e., examples of sin)

Draw a large cross in the middle of the page.

Remember, Jesus rescued us from these things by dying on the cross.

Tear the paper to show that these sins have no power over us.

We have full access to God because Jesus suffered for us.

Pray and thank God for sending Jesus as our Rescuer!

Thank him that Jesus died for us so we could be rescued from sin to an eternity with God.

Grades 4-6

Conversation starters...

Have you ever broken a bone or had to get stitches?

Do you have a scar? What happened?

Humans get many bumps and bruises in life. It’s amazing that God knows how it feels!

Read Luke 23:44–56

Read this passage slowly and clearly.

Write or draw what you hear or feel as you read the story.

Let the words really sink in...

Read Matthew 16:24–26

Christ-followers surrender to Jesus and follow him fully. When times are tough, remember that Jesus suffered for you and he knows the difficulties you face.

What does it means to “give up their own way,” take up their cross, and follow Jesus. Talk silently to God about what’s going on with you right now.

Today’s story doesn’t end in death. Jesus has risen—and we will rise with him again!

Big Idea: Jesus suffered for us.

Grades 7-9

Hangout

Have you ever felt like you needed rescuing?

What happened?

Who helped you?

Have you ever had to rescue someone?

What happened?

What is sin?

The word for “sin” in the original Greek (hamartia) is an archery term that means “to fall short” or “to miss the mark”. Other explanations of sin include:

sin = death of our connection with ourselves, others, and God

sin = separation from God that we create (not him!).

God didn’t come up with rules to make our lives difficult. He shows us his best way of living so we can have full, amazing lives. God doesn’t push us toward sin. He gives us the freedom to choose how we live.

Read 1 John 3:4–5

What does this passage say that sin is?

How would you explain it to someone who had never heard of sin?

Read Colossians 1:13–14

What do these verses say about Jesus’ rescue?

What does it mean for you and your life?

What have we been rescued from?

What have we been rescued to?

What is the “Kingdom of his dear Son” (NLT)?

What does it look like to live in this kingdom?

Why is this rescue exciting?

What does confession mean?

Confession = course correction = “finding the bull’s eye” with Jesus

We don’t need to confess our sins to others to be forgiven—we only need to confess them to God.

However, confessing to one another allows us to invite community into our lives (i.e., showing how we struggle; inviting accountability, help, and guidance; allowing others to say, “Hey, I’m not the only one!”).

Read 1 John 1:5–10

What do you need to be rescued from? (From your own judgment? Bad choices? Fears, worries, or anxieties? Expectations?)