April 18, 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!

Fish for breakfast

from John 21: 1-14

Jesus’ friends couldn’t catch any fish in today’s story from the Bible. Then they saw someone on the shore—and suddenly their nets were full of fish! Jesus’ friends thought he was dead, but Jesus is alive!

Fish for Breakfast.pdf

Sing and Dance!

Jesus is alive!

Time to Colour!

Wk 3 - Fish for Breakfast.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 your favourite story from a book, TV show, or movie?

How does it end?

How does the ending make you feel? Why?

Big Idea: When Jesus returned to heaven, the story didn’t end.

God Story - Luke 24:49–53

Jesus Returns to Heaven

Today's Life Story is about Moriah. Moriah lost her leg due to bone cancer but her life did not come to a standstill. She got help from doctors, physiotherapists, and many other people. Today, she snowboards and coaches volleyball!

Retell Moriah's story from today’s video?

What was the God Story about?

How do you think these two stories and today’s Big Idea (When Jesus returned to heaven, the story didn’t end) connect?

Play a Family Game!

Wk 3 - Board Game.pdf

Grades 4-6

Conversation starters...

Have you ever watched a TV show or a movie with a “stay-tuned” ending (i.e., the show ended but the story didn’t wrap up)?

If so, how did it make you feel or what did you think about it?

What did you want to know about what happened next?

God’s big, amazing story is not over. Jesus told his disciples (followers) to wait on God’s promise of the Holy Spirit, and they did. We’re part of the story now, too!

Big Idea: When Jesus returned to heaven, the story didn’t end.

Psalm 27:14 (NLT) says, “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

The disciples waited patiently until theHoly Spirit came and gave them strength, power, and wisdom from God. The same Holy Spirit lives in every Christ-follower today.

Read Luke 24:52–53

What happened just before these verses?

How might you have reacted? Why?

Why do you think they praised and worshipped?

What thoughts may have been going through their minds?

In this same way, the story wasn’t over for the disciples, it hasn’t ended yet for us. We may feel distant from the story of Jesus living on earth and the disciples and early church, but the same Holy Spirit lives in those of us who follow Jesus.

If the story isn’t over yet, then what? What does it mean for how you live, love, and serve at home, school, and beyond?

Who may be waiting to hear the story for the first time? Who’s waiting for you to tell them about their place in the story?

Read God's Story Cheat Sheet!

How will you share this story with others?

Wk 3 - God Story Cheat Sheet.pdf

Grades 7-9

Hangout

Which story from a book, TV show, or movie had an ending that you thought was horrible?

What happened?

Which story had an ending that you loved?

What happened?

Big Idea: When Jesus returned to heaven, the story didn’t end.

Today’s video focused on the end of the Gospel of Luke. Matthew tells us a little more about what happened through a discussion between Jesus and his disciples.

Read Matthew 28:16–20

This passage is called The Great Commission.

What three things did Jesus tell his disciples to do?

If we’re also disciples, how do these instructions apply to us? Do we have the same commission?

If the story isn’t over, what might happen next?

Sit quietly and ask God, “What would you like me to do next in your story?” It may be something as simple as being kinder or telling someone about Jesus.