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Walk in the Light

on March 23, 2012

March 25:  John 12:20 – 36

Walk in the Light

Materials needed:  Book about butterflies “Born to be a Butterfly”, Easter stole with butterflies

As Pastor Barry reads the Gospel Lesson today, we hear Jesus talk about changes.  Let’s talk about one of the symbols we use in our church for Easter.  (Show stole with butterflies.)  We use butterflies to think about new life and resurrection.  (For younger children spend some word time with “resurrection.”)

Today let’s think about the change that happens in new life by thinking about the changes that happen for a butterfly.  This book is called, “Born to be a butterfly.” We’ll start here.  (Show a picture of a caterpillar. Let children identify the caterpillar.)  The caterpillar walks around and enjoys its life.  When the time is right the caterpillar changes.  (Show the chrysalis.)  Inside the chrysalis, I imagine it’s pretty dark.  Inside the chrysalis a wonderful change happens, the caterpillar changes into a butterfly!  The caterpillar is gone, but a wonderful new insect is in its place.

I like to think of that kind of change for us.  We are a little like the caterpillar.  Someday we will become even more amazing than we are right now!  Like the caterpillar, we can walk in the light, and we can really enjoy this life we have.  We can be sure Jesus will be with us to help us every day! Someday, we will go through a dark time like the caterpillar changing into a chrysalis.  We can be sure Jesus will be with us while we change and grow.  Then when we are ready, we will begin a new life just as amazing as the butterfly’s.  We can be sure Jesus will be with us then, too.

When you see the butterflies during Easter, remember you were born to be an amazing person!  Jesus loves you very much!

Alternative ———————————————-

Materials needed – Backpack, walking stick

In the Gospel lesson today Pastor Barry reads about Jesus tells his disciples to walk in the light while they have light.  Image we’ve all gone camping together way out in the mountains.  We take a hike up to the top of the mountain. There’s a little trail that leads to a beautiful waterfall.  We start walking and in the path there’s a big root growing across the trail.  What do we do? (Jump over it)  We keep walking and hear a sound.  What do we see? (Describe a few more hazards easily overcome… end of trail, waterfall.)  Suddenly it’s night and very dark, no moon.  What do we need?  What happens if we don’t have light to guide way back?

(Imagine trip back down trail without light.)  Walk in the light while you have light.  Jesus is our light.  He helps us see danger and step over it or around it.  He helps us see good things to do and enjoy.

Payer:  Thank you, Jesus, for being our light.  We love following you to all the wonderful places you take us.  We trust you to help us through all the dark places, too.  Amen


(Note: Children view death very differently during the ages of preschool to 12 years old.  Since our children cover these ages, I prefer to discuss death in groups more homogeneous with respect to age.)


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