Holy Week - Palm Sunday 14 April

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13 April, 2019

Holy Week

Today, Palm Sunday starts Holy week. ‘Holy’ means ‘set apart’ and so this week, Christians set apart time to prepare themselves, their hearts and minds for Easter. This week, you might like to read and act out scripture, or have special meals with friends and family. Whatever you do, remember that this week is about remembering why Jesus came to Earth, what he did while he was here, and what that means for us today.

  • Why do you think it’s important to celebrate the special time of Holy Week?
  • How will you get your heart and mind ready for the mystery of Easter?

Following are some readings, activities and discussion questions you can use this week to help you in this Holy Week. I pray that you as you use them with your family, you will be blessed and encouraged.

Palm Sunday – Luke 19:29-44

On Palm Sunday, we remember that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Unlike the big parades that Kings would ordinarily have with lots of guards, soldiers and horses.

Imagine that you are Jesus in this part of His story…

  • How do you feel knowing that these same people who are celebrating you today will be condemning you at the end of the week?
  • If you could the people one thing to do, what would it be?

Imagine you are the people in the crowd or one of the disciples?

  • What do you think it means for Jesus to be the King?
  • How do you feel knowing that Jesus has told you that he will die soon?
  • If you could ask Jesus anything, what would it be?

Jesus the King showed a better way of being human, by being humble.

  • What do you think this passage saying to you? What are you going to do about it?

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Dig in at Home - 14 April

God Comforts Elijah - 1 Kings 19:1-18

Here’s what happens…

Elijah is tired. He feels defeated, scared, and alone. God gives him rest and food and then speaks in a gentle whisper, addressing Elijah’s concerns. God is comforting, and he helps Elijah see that he’s not going to lose, he has nothing to fear, and he’s not alone.

Bible Point

God is comforting,so we comfort others.

Family Together Time

- Get comfortable! Put on your most comfortable jammies, gather a lot of pillows and blankets, and bring your favorite stuffed animals. (This might be a great bedtime activity!)

- Once you’re all comfortable, talk about problems or troubles your family has faced before. What did God do to comfort you in those times? (Remember, God may have used other people to bring you comfort.)

- Read 2 Corinthians 1:4 in the box above.

- Brainstorm together a way your family can comfort someone you know based on the comfort God gave you during your hard time.

- Do it! Comfort the person you discussed using the ideas you came up with.

Talk About This…

- What’s the most comfortable place you can think of?

Discuss and Watch “Big & Tall”

We’re learning that God is comforting, so we comfort others.

- Tell about a time you felt really discouraged. Share your own story first.

- What did other people do to comfort you?

Let’s see how a bee comforts a flower in our video.

Watch “Big & Tall.”

- What did you notice about the way Buzzly comforted Flowery?

When Flowery needed comforting, Buzzly tried kind words, then thought of a way to help Flowery solve his problem. Those are two great ways to comfort others! God is comforting, so we comfort others.

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