God sends Jesus to save his people
Each month we provide you with some great ready to use (RTU) resources. Some of these are linked to the Bible passages used in Together, while our Music and Movie columns use current songs and films as ways into talking about faith.
You can access each month’s session plans and resources here.
Our Together resource is, as always, jam-packed full of ideas and activities to help the children and young people in your groups discover more about God, grow in faith and deepen their friendship with Jesus.
Together is a curriculum resource for churches to use in their Sunday groups, midweek clubs or adapt for other contexts. It follows a Bible plan – each month you get four sessions on a theme or Bible book.
March brings the first half of our Easter double-headers. Easter in on 9 April, so this month we explore the story from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. Here we see Jesus teaching his friends and the crowds about what is to come, but as often is the case, the disciples don’t really get it until its upon them. Choose the sessions and activities that best fit what you want to do:
1 Palm Sunday (John 12:12-19)
Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph on a donkey. The people welcome him with singing and shouts of praise.
2 The servant king (John 13:1-20)
Jesus washes the feet of the disciples – an act that only a servant would perform – as he teaches them about true kingship.
3 The last supper (Mark 14:12-26)
Jesus and his friends share a meal together. Jesus shares what is to come through bread and wine, but the disciples don’t really understand.
4 Good Friday (John 18-19)
Jesus is arrested and put on trial. He is sentenced to death, even though he was innocent of all charges. He is crucified and buried in a tomb.
There are three different age groups: First Steps Together (for younger children), Growing Together (for older children) and Journeying Together (for young people). You can follow an individual age group or mix and match to suit the children or young people you’re working with.
Ready to use resources
Each month we provide you with some great ready to use (RTU) resources. Some of these are linked to the Bible passages used in Together, while our Music and Movie columns use current songs and films as ways into talking about faith. This month…
RTU All-age service
Explores the story of Jesus washing the feet of his friends.
Takes the story of the servant king and transposes it into an example of unexpected humility in the parable ‘Jacob and the job with no joy’.
Gives space for older children and younger teens to explore Jesus humility as a servant king.
Provides a craft idea to go alongside each of this month’s Together sessions. Use them in your groups, in intergenerational worship or use them in a craft club.
Story for home
Written especially for us by expert storyteller Bob Hartman, also follows the Together passages. This month, Bob explores story of the last supper.
Buy up those crème eggs as prizes for some Easter games.
Our mentoring expert, Joel Toombs, uses the image of spinning plates to help a mentee
Crank the handle on your gramophone and get ready to put the needle on a brand new record, ‘Lionheart (Fearless)’ by Joel Corry and Tom Grennan.
This month, we enter the animated world of Bluey.
And if you have anything you’d like us to cover, or any feedback on the resources, then drop us a line!
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