This month the Palo Verde children have been learning about Jesus' ministry, mostly from the book of John. They heard how Jesus was transfigured-- while on a mountain with his disciples Peter, James and John, he became radiant and was joined by the spirits of Moses and Elijah (Luke 9: 28-43). Truly amazing! Since then, we have studied some of the most important parables that Jesus told: one tells how we should love others (The Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37), and two others tell of his love for us (The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin, Luke 15:1-10.)
To help these lessons sink in, the children have been involved in many activities. Stories and artwork, games and dramatic play all have helped them engage with the Word of God. They even acted in a video of "The Good Samaritan" that was later shown to the congregation. (We have some real hams in our Bible classes!) Meanwhile, some puppets have made an appearance, and there has been a lot of singing.
As we follow the last days of Jesus on the way to the cross, we have two more lessons in March:
The Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32), and
Jesus Annointed at Bethany (John 12:1-8)
In April, Easter will help us focus on the greatest news since Jesus came to Earth: his resurrection!