This last session we looked at Jesus’ baptism and then the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, alone with God.
We started the session by making bread rolls or a small plaited loaf. (These were to symbolise the 3 temptations or the temptation of turning stones into bread, which we would be talking about in the session).
We talked a bit about Lent and its origins and what Christians have done over the years to mark Lent as a period of reflection and for it to be for us a time to think more about the way God wants us to live. One way we can know what God wants us to do, is to know what God says in the bible; Jesus used God’s word to help him, we can too, when we face difficulties and challenges.
We looked at the story, focussing on the aspect that Jesus knew the scriptures and therefore knew his Father’s will. Because he knew the scriptures, he was able to use God’s words, when he was tempted, and know what God would want him to do.
We looked at how we can find God’s guidance to difficult situations through passages in our bibles.
We acted out the story with props, watched a short animation depicting the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. You can find it on you tube if you search for “Lent Cartoon Jesus in the Desert”
We learnt a new song “I will not be shaken”, (Maranatha! Kids Praise Team).
We ate the freshly cooked bread, with JAM! We then had some team races to burn off energy; the children had to collect parts of a familiar bible verse and put the pieces in order. One verse was for anxiety (1 Peter 5:7) and another to encourage us when things go wrong (Romans 8:28)
The children went home with Lent “Count up to Easter” sheets, with a task to do each day; some were small things, like to be kind and helpful at school or home, others were to read bits of the Easter story and others to learn and practice a bible verse or verses from an age-appropriate sheet they took away - the children could choose the ones they felt would be the most helpful to them.
Joyce, Chris & Linda