This year, we use Echo as our storytelling to help us relate to God’s story to discover meaning and develop fresh insights. It is our prayer that you can engage with your family using creative writing, drawing, and conversation.
Each week, students will use an Echo Journal to complete the weekly activities. If you like an Echo Journal at home, please contact Heather.
Find a Candle that you can light, and keep it with your Club 56 gear
Invocation: the act of inviting or welcoming or acknowledging that God is present in our space.
As you light your candle, say this invocation out loud: “I light this candle in the name of God, our Creator; Jesus, our Savior; and the Holy Spirit, our Inspirer. The three in one!”
What is something that amazes you? Why does it amaze you?
The material we are using is called Echo, so let us echo the last section 🙂 Review the previous sections with your student (Jesus’ birth, baptism, his followers, and the Hope and Healing Jesus can give us). The most recent stories we covered are the Miracles of Jesus. Re-read those here: Miracles
Do you have any new insight or questions that you have reflected on?
Pick one 🙂 we have two activities for you to pick from. Do you like to draw or pretend?
- Drawing: If you have an Echo journal, go to pages 80-81. If you do not have an Echo journal, you’ll need some blank paper. Think about the story of Jesus sleeping on the boat in the storm. What do you think Jesus saw when he first woke up? The wind was blowing, the rain was coming down and, the disciples were in a panic. Draw a picture of what you think the scene looked like from Jesus’ point of view.
- Pretending: Review the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man. Pretend that you were in the crowd of people and a local reporter wants to interview YOU! Grab a make-believe microphone and get ready to be on TV. (Parents: take notes on what the kids respond with).
- Why did you come to the house today?
- What did you expect to see or hear?
- There is a hole in the room and a man dancing and jumping over there. In your own words, what happened?
- Why are the scribes so upset with Jesus?
Did you use your art skills or your acting skills above? Maybe you did both! Take a moment to think about what you drew or said. Share with those around you what you drew or thought about the paralyzed man story.
So what stood out to you from this story?
What did this story make you wonder about?
Take a moment and close your eyes. Imagine you have a camera and you are watching this story take place right in front of you. Pick a moment in the story to take a picture of. Do you have your picture? Who would like to share what you snapped a picture of?
How would you describe Jesus from this story?
– What is Jesus like in this story?
Why do you think the first Christians told this story?
Did you relate to any characters in the story? If so, how?
What do you think these stories say about us? … about you?
When you pray…
Maybe you’re inspired to write or speak your own, if so, please do so! If you’d rather, you can just read together with the following:
Creator God, thank you for these stories that show us your love and some of the amazing things Jesus did. Show us love everyday. Help us explore, ask, and wonder about your creation, your story, and help us find our story too. AMEN
Thank you for joining us today! If you have a student in Grade 5 or 6, sign them up for Club 56 today! If you have questions about this resource or would like additional information, please contact Heather or Pastor Ben.