“Then what shall I do with Jesus…?

Jesus before Pilate

Jesus before Pilate

A very important question that everyone needs to answer! Unfortunately, Pilate did not answer correctly.

“Pilate said to them, Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”  Matthew 27:22

Jesus before Pilate wkst

Jesus before Pilate wkst

Teaching thhe Passion week tomorrow and adding this scene to the theater. Make sure your kids know how to answer the question!

(I used a famous painting by Antonio Ciseri as a guideline for this sketch.)

Look Up Into the Heavens

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“Have you not known?

Have you not heard?

The everlasting God, the LORD,

The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.

His understanding is unsearchable, He gives power to the weak,

and to those who have no might He increases strength…”  Isaiah 40: 28-29

We have exceedingly great and precious promises.  Are we doing all we can to grow in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ?  If you are feeling weary or weak today, won’t you cry out to Him?

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Making a Cardboard “Theater”

Making a theater

Making a theater

Last week we discussed using previously posted “bits” of worksheets to make new lessons, and this week that idea is further enhanced by making a cardboard theater to help you tell your Bible stories.  The photo above shows the front of the theater which is just a cardboard box.  I am telling the story of Noah here.  It is up to you to determine how many scenes you want in your story.  I have made the opening to be a little smaller than one full sheet of paper to be able to utilize previous scenes from this blog but you can make the size suit your needs. You will need to tape up all of your sides (actually they are the flaps that would have made the top of your box) then cut out your opening.  Cut only the sides and top of your opening because you are going to gently fold down the bottom section to form your stage.

Side folded down to form stage

Side folded down to form stage

I had some felt left over from the lesson on Adam and Eve, so I glued it on top of the stage after it is securely taped.  Next I cut slots to hold scenery…these need to match as close as possible on each side so the scenery hangs straight..

slits for the scenery

slots for the scenery

I taped up the sides with heavy-duty tape and then to cover the tape I glued contact paper.  Glue it with a good tacky glue because it will not stay stuck otherwise!!! Cover as much of the box as you want.  It helps to “weatherize” your theater.

scene placement

scene placement

scene stapled to cardboard %22ruler%22                The scenes can be stapled to a ruler shape made out of cardboard accommodating a different scene on each side. You can also store all of your story figures and scenes in the back of your theater.

Front of the theater

Front of the theater

Different figures can be glued or taped to craft sticks or reinforced cardboard.  If you don’t reinforce the cardboard it will start to bend as you move your figures around. Decorate the front of the theater with some sort of curtain if desired . I just had a small amount of wrapping paper handy but you can use material and also extend the length.  I glued the curtain across the top but stapled the gathered portions on each side.  Just make sure that your curtains do not interfere with your side slots.

 

Using past lessons as scenery.

Using past lessons as scenery.

For this scene, I sized a worksheet with the opening and cut it to fit.  Then it is glued to another full sheet of card stock that is then stapled to a cardboard ruler shape about an inch wide (see photo above …there is also a pic that shows you how to place the scenes into the slots you have cut).   Note: this is also the worksheet each child gets to color and take home.  Don’t be surprised if  your kids want to make one of these theaters for themselves!  This is also a good tool for review…encourage your students to retell the story using the theater!

 

side view with stage.

side view with stage.

Writing your own lessons

Looks like WordPress has changed their format and I am having trouble publishing my latest blog.  Look at the top of  this post and click to the right of “About” on “How to repurpose old lessons for new”  and my latest blog should appear if you are using a computer, but if you are checking with your “smart-phone” click on “menu” for this post! (Don’t ask me how it got there)

Teach Us To Number Our Days

Happy new Year 2016

Praying for a wise New Year 2016

“…we finish our years like a sigh…”

Can you relate with this phrase from Psalm 90:9 ?

2015 zoomed by astonishingly swift and now at the beginning of a new year we may be asking ourselves…perhaps with a “sigh”, if we accomplished all that we set out to do for the glory of our King?  If we found our time being frittered away by one thing or another…take heart in the psalmist’s (Moses) request of the LORD in verse 12             “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” Hebrews 12: 1-3

 

 

Cain and Abel

 

Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.  They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.  And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.” John 16: 1-3

Cain and Abel is a story that I have not taught due to the more mature subject matter.  This year I have older kids and anger management is an issue with some of them which is why I developed this lesson.  The story is found in Genesis 4.

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