SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – Seventh Sunday of Easter/May 24, 2020
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Bible Passage (for parents)
The Ascension (Acts 1:6-14)
In the first lesson for this Sunday from Acts, we learn about Jesus’ going up into heaven. The word “ascending” means going up. We call Jesus’ going up into heaven the “Ascension.” Jesus leaves his friends and followers when he goes into heaven, but Jesus leaves the Holy Spirit with them. The Holy Spirit is always with us.
Watch this video together:
- How do you think the disciples felt after Jesus went away into heaven?
- Who did Jesus leave to help us when he went into heaven?
- Why did Jesus have to go back to heaven”
Glory (sung by Go Fish Guys). Sing along and do the motions!
Download the craft instruction here: https://iksynod.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Ascension-Craft.pdf
Kids will play the game “Keep Jesus Afloat” by work together to keep balloons or balls (Jesus) in the air and not let them (Him) hit the ground.
- Explain to kids that each balloon or ball will represent “Jesus.” In today’s story we learned that Jesus went back into heaven, so the kids will have to work together to keep the balloons in the air, hitting them as high as they can.
- If a balloon lands on the ground, the balloon is no longer in play.
- Start off with one balloon in play, then gradually add in one balloon at a time, giving kids the chance to keep several balloons in the air.
- Play several rounds of this game.
Jesus ascended, or went back into heaven, to be with God. He told his friends and followers, the disciples, that he would send them the Holy Spirit and that they would never be alone. We, too, have received the Holy Spirit and so God is always with us.
- Have you ever had a loved one leave before, maybe for a trip or something like that? How did that make you feel? How did you feel when they came back?
- How can you spread God’s love today and let others know that God is always with them, too?
The season of Easter is 50 days, from Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020) to Pentecost (May 31, 2020). For your prayers today, consider beginning or continuing a paperchain where everyone in your house writes one thing they are grateful for. Do this until Pentecost.
Pray: God, as Jesus ascended into heaven to be with you forever, you sent your Holy Spirit who is with us forever. Thank you for always being with us. (We thank you for these things say the things written on the links of your paperchain or anything for which you are thankful). Amen
Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home. There will be a new one for each Sunday while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregational buildings. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.