April 19th, 2019
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: ¡Jesús está vivo!
English Preschool: Jesus is Alive!
School Age: Crucifixion and Resurrection
This Sunday all the kids will be outside for our special activities at 9:45.
Then they will join the adults in our worship assembly. Look for our new Connection Bags which are designed to help our children connect with all that is happening in the worship assembly. Your child may use it during worship. Please repack it and return it at the end of the service.
-Caleb Bergman brought a gift for Compassion International.
-Valentino Collado participation in class.
-Vidal Collado participated in class.
-Gian David de la Hoz participated in class.
-Jonathan Delisma participated in class.
-Charlotte Lowrance has a birthday on April 21.
-Oliver Lowrance taught the class a new song.
-Aiden Martinez participated in class.
-Luke Parsard participated in class and explained Palm Sunday to his classmates.
-Logan Sensing taught the class a new song.
-Dayleen Valdes brought a gift for Compassion International.
-The Preschool Class had good participation from Samuel Henriquez, Ashley Martinez, Katherine Ruiz, Samantha Ruiz, Angela Solorzano, and Samuel Valladares.
Mark Your Calendar
I love the whimsy and magic of Easter. I like hiding Easter baskets, picking out new dresses, and gathering a gaggle of kids for a good old egg hunt.
But as fun as these traditions are, they pale in comparison to rich traditions that bring to life the Gospel. As a mom, I treasure the Easter traditions that aren’t just fun or cute, but that remind my family of the power the Easter story — that Jesus took on flesh just to die for our sins and defeat the power of death forever.
Here are some of our very favorite Gospel-centered Easter traditions.
Explain it. This may sound incredibly obvious, but sometimes I miss the forest for the trees. As the Easter season approaches, take a few minutes to have a family conversation about what we are celebrating. Even very young children are capable of understanding that Jesus died… but He didn’t stay dead!
Go “dark” during Holy Week or Good Friday. To honor the solemnity of Holy Week, consider abstaining from social media, gaming, and TV from Palm Sunday to Easter. Replace this time with reading Scripture or an Easter devotional, watching a meaningful Easter movie, or just… (gasp) being silent, and reflecting. A twist on this is to go literally dark on Good Friday — to have no lights on in the home all day. This is a powerful reminder of the day’s somberness.
Celebrate a Seder feast with your family. This deeply symbolic meal is generally celebrated on the Thursday or Friday before Easter. Each food in the feast has a rich theological meaning that you can discuss as a family and even read a corresponding Scripture verse.
Use a set of Resurrection eggs for an egg hunt. An egg hunt is always fun. Inside each egg, your child will discover a part of the story.
Attend an Easter service. When your children join you in a worship service, they have the opportunity to see you encouraging the body of believers with your worship. That is a faith building exercise that can’t be duplicated any other way.
Make Resurrection rolls on Easter Sunday. After baking, these rolls have an empty hole inside, just like the empty grave!
If you are like me, your calendar is packed and your to-do list is long. And yet, celebrating rich, meaningful Easter traditions with our children is absolutely one of the best investments of our time. The days do seem so long for us parents, but the years are short. Make the best of them!
Condensed from “Gospel-Centered Easter Traditions For the Family” by Jessica Smartt from faithgateway.com.