In the first two lessons of the Godly Play story “the Faces of Easter” we review the early steps of Jesus’ journey; his birth and his time in the temple.
His birth was a rather simple event with some very important guests. He was welcomed into the world by shepherds, angels and wise men. He was also welcomed by the star that illuminated on the manger that night. That light was an invitation to the world!
About twelve years later, Jesus travels to Jerusalem with his parents. It was a custom that a large group of friends and relatives would journey to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage for the feast of the Passover. As the group left, Mary and Joseph realized that Jesus was not with them, so they went back to town to look for him. As we read this passage to children, their first thought is, “Oh boy, he’s in big trouble!” And one can assume that His parents were not pleased, but Jesus’ words were, “Did you not know that I would be in my Father’s house?” Those were big words from a little guy who was destined for greatness.
Fortunately for us God offers His house to all of us. This “big house” is a comforting place to learn, discover and grow in faith. Just like in our own homes, it’s a place to make mistakes, learn and grow. We may “miss the mark” at moments but we are always invited, with open arms, to continue on our journey with our maker.
This week’s Sunday School lesson offers quilling, water color and Lego nativity crafts along with games and Passover meals giving children a glimpse of Jesus’ house as a child.