KidZone 3/15/2015

"God, why have you left me?"

This is what Jesus was asking when he cried out these words from the cross.  The weight of the sin he carried separated him from his father.  How terrifying it must have been for him.  We felt sad as we heard these words from the Jesus of Nazareth movie. In our small groups we talked about how alone we felt when we are suddenly separated from our parents.  We read Mark 15:33-35 and also Psalm 22:1 and discovered Jesus was fulfilling the Scriptures in his last hours.  

What's next?  Next week Jesus says, "I thirst."  We will see this portrayed from The Gospel of John movie.  We will also continue to work on cards for the Kairos prison ministry. Kids 5th grade and below join us at 10am.

 

KidZone 3/8/2015

JESUS CARED FOR HIS MOTHER

"He said to his mother, 'Dear woman, here is your son,' and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.' From that time on, this disciple took her into his home."  John 19:26-27

In The Gospel of John movie, we again heard words from Jesus as he was dying on the cross.  This time Jesus' love is directed toward his mother.  He knows as a widow and the mother of a crucified criminal, life will not be easy for her. In the midst of his own agony, his heart goes out to her and he appoints John to care for her when he is gone.  What do we learn from these words from the cross?  We are to love our family - especially our parents.  And we have responsibilities to our family. Jesus fulfilled these obligations as he was dying.  Jesus once again sets the example for us.  We are to love as Jesus loved.

NEXT WEEK:  The Gospel of John movie continues.  We see and hear Jesus' words from the cross.  What do his words teach us this week?  Join us at 10am in the KidZone to find out.

 

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KidZone 3/1/2015

What a busy day!

We started our morning with a big breakfast.  Then we watched an animated movie in KidZone about the two criminals who were crucified with Jesus.  One of the criminals insulted and mocked Jesus, but the other rebuked him, saying “we are getting what we deserve.  But this man has done nothing wrong.”  Then he said to Jesus, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  By admitting he had sinned and asking Jesus to remember him, he showed he knew who Jesus was.  And what did Jesus reply?  “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  What an amazing outpouring of love!  Last week we heard Jesus forgive those who crucified him and this week he forgives a common criminal in the last moments of his life.  Jesus points the way for us.  If he could forgive in such a time as this, then surely we can offer forgiveness to those who hurt us.

We closed out our morning with a trip to the Bible Bucks Store.  Next week we will hear more of what Jesus says from the cross in the movie, The Gospel of John.  All kids fifth grade and below join us in the KidZone at 10am.

 

KidZone 2/22/2015

"Father, forgive them.  They know not what they do."  Luke 23:34

Jesus, who had done nothing wrong, was being crucified when he said these words!  Who was he talking to?  The soldiers? The crowd? The chief priests?  Pilate? Yes, he was forgiving all of them, but more than that, he was forgiving you and me.

Forgiving someone means to feel love and kindness for that person, even though they have done something to hurt us. Sometimes, it means we have to change our angry feelings toward that person to kind ones. When we forgive them, we do not want to hurt them or get back at them.  We are kind to them even if they are not kind to us.  We forgive them because Jesus forgives us.

NEXT WEEK:  The criminal on the cross.