Rotation Schedule: the Events of Holy Week

Dutchman's BreechesHappy Lent!

Our current Rotation is a look at the events of Holy Week. Holy Week covers the last days – the last week – of Jesus’ life on earth. Our aim is that kids will be able to sequence the events of Holy Week and re-tell the story of Easter. In the process of this learning, they will come to recognize that Jesus’ journey to the cross (and beyond) was a trip that Jesus made for them because of God’s love for us. This is why we celebrate Easter!

To see a growing list of opportunities to foster faith learning at home on the subject of Holy Week and Lent, click here. Might I suggest a few of my favorites? (Click on the pictures or the underlined words, to read.)

Plastic Easter Eggs
Fill eggs with symbols of the story from Palm Sunday to Easter. Use these eggs to help children to learn and re-tell the story. Look for a starter set to come home with your child from our Storytelling Workshop!
an abacus What can your family do to intentionally put God at the center of your life – say for about for 10 – 15 minutes a day? Here are seven ideas for your family’s Lent experience.
a sign says: Look Both Ways
A bit of history about Lent… and a suggestion to take time in this season to notice the sacred in the secular.

Where is the schedule? It was sort of out of date and has been removed 🙂

But here is what we did in each workshop:

  • In the Games Workshop students will play a “Family Feud” quiz game while learning story details.
  • In the Cooking Workshop students will create an edible map of Jerusalem, noting the location of the events of Holy Week.
  • In the Storytelling Workshop the contents of eggs found in a hunt help a Bible-times character to tell the story. Students will create their own mini set of storytelling eggs!
  • In the Photography Workshop students will re-enact the events of Holy Week and pose for still photographs of each scene.
  • In the Video Workshop students will watch portions of the live-action video The Visual Bible: Matthew, while enjoying popcorn (can’t have a movie without popcorn!).

Check out the Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday school at the original home of Rotation, where many of my lessons are posted under “CreativeCarol.”

If you are in the area, please join us for the fun learning at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI.

Photo credits:
Flowers are from my archives.
Easter eggs by kanspice.
Forehead with ash cross by mtsofan.
Look! by Travis Nep Smith. All photos licensed under a Creative Commons License on Flickr.

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