What a great week! I love spring break. This whole week, I focused on getting the kids ready for Easter Sunday. You know, getting "their head in the game." I really feel like it is important for us as parents to teach our kids! Whether it be about the Bible, grocery shopping, managing money, etc. Far too many people do not take the time to take a time out and teach their kids important life stuff. So, each day we discussed a little bit of the Easter story and I tried to do alittle something every day to reinforce what we learned.
Monday-we read Matthew 21:1-11 (The Triumphal Entry). We waved glow sticks as our modern day palm branches during the story. I also thought about having a dance party as a celebration, but they were too tired! We didn't get any pictures because it was...well dark!
Tuesday-we read Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16 (Plotting of Jesus' death & Judas' betrayal). We talked about what a sticky situation this was and we made gak or goo (you can google those words and find tons of instructions to make it).
Wednesday-we read Matthew 26:17-30 (The Last Supper). We watched the Prince of Egypt so that they would understand the Passover Feast and then I actually talked through the Lords Supper with bread and juice. Brayden's idea was to flattened the bread for us so that it looked unleavened (ha!).
Thursday-we read Matthew 26:36-56 (The Garden of Gethsemane). We read this Scripture in the our little garden. I think that this was my favorite thing that we did.
Friday-we read Matthew 26:57-67, 27:11-66 (Jesus' Crucifixion). We made these beautiful pictures using oil pastels and watercolors. The kids loved these!
Saturday-we read Matthew 28 (Jesus' Resurrection). We made Resurrection Rolls. We put marshmallows inside of croissants and after you bake them, they completely melt into the bread. The kids loved the taste (Brayden ate 3 of them) and I loved the picture that they made!
One last thing, church yesterday was amazing. Stuart did such an amazing job presenting the gospel! Many accepted Christ! It was very powerful and I think that it meant that much more to us because we had prepared as a family...we got our "head in the game." I was so amazed at our WEC staff and volunteers, too. One of our volunteers even changed a tire for a family while they went into service...khaki pants and all! I feel so blessed to be apart of such an amazing movement of God with such amazing people. I can't wait to hear about the stories of those lives that were changed yesterday. He is Risen!! They will never be the same!