|The Season of Lent, an ancient season
of the church, is 40-days' long (not counting the Sundays, which
are considered "mini-Easters"). During this Lenten
season (which begins on Ash Wednesday) the children will hear
some key stories about Jesus from the gospel of John and begin
to explore the themes of making choices, Gods loving and
life-giving Spirit, and Jesus compassion and healing ministry.
The color for this season is purple, symbolic of feeling sorry
for times not lived in loving or just ways.
Our church school lessons for the month of March are as follows:
March 2 - Transfiguration Sunday
On Transfiguration Sunday, we hear a story based on Matthew
17:1-9 about the glory of
God shining through Jesus and provide the opportunity for
the children to wonder about the mystery and power of Jesus.
March 9 - "Choices to Live By"
This is the first Sunday of Lent, and we will introduce the
children to Lent as a season of
reflection and to some spiritual practices. We will also explore
what it means to make good choices - with God's guidance -
about the way to live. As the children explore the story of
Jesus temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11),
they will have an opportunity to compare Jesus responses
with their own.
March 16 - "Life-Giving Wind"
This Sunday we learn about the story of Nicodemus in John
3:1-17. We see how Jesus
welcomed Nicodemus' questions and reminded him of how much
God loves the world and cares about everything in it. The
children likewise learn that it is okay for them to ask their
own questions as they grow in their understanding of God's
love for them.
March 23 - "Water for the Thirsty"
This week the children will hear a Bible story based on John
4:5-42, wherein Jesus reached out to welcome and engage in
conversation with a Samaritan woman at the well. Likewise,
we explore welcoming and including others, even those who
are different from us. We pray that the children will grow
in their understanding of welcome, respect, and faith as they
explore the living water that Jesus offers.
March 30 - "Learning to See"
Our Bible study this week is based on John 9:1-41, in which
Jesus restores a blind man's sight. We pray that the children
will be encouraged by this amazing story of healing and of