The Faces of Easter – Godly Play -Week 1-6

The Faces of Easter – Godly Play -Week 1-6

THE FACES OF EASTER

Thank you watching Godly Play stories ‘The Faces of Easter’!

We hope that you will find it nourishing and inspirational for you & your Family.

Light the candle, gather your Family and enjoy the first story…
When you are finished, blow out the candle and say:

“Our family is part of this story. Thanks be to God. Amen.”

When we tell this series of stories in our Godly Play room we invite the children to look around the room to see if there is something they can bring to the story to help us tell the story better. You can try this at home too. Use this time to weave your family stories with the story of Jesus.

A word about wondering: A question entails an answer by the way it is posed, but a wondering is something to which you do not know the answer. Wonderings invite those listening to join together to honour each unique, personal response to God’s mystery.

In a classical Godly Play room the storyteller does not generally “wonder” out loud, but in this setting it is appropriate. It could, for example, be a way for you to share a significant or well-loved family story, to share how you were able to get through a difficult time, or to talk about where you have experienced the presence of God.

The First Sunday in Lent: The Face of Easter One
Jesus’ Birth and Growth
· I wonder if anyone in this family was ever born? I wonder what that amazing day was like? (Take this opportunity to tell birth stories as a family.)
· I wonder if there is anything in our house that we could bring to this story to help us tell it better? (Bring baby photos, perhaps figures from your nativity set, etc.)

The Second Sunday in Lent: The Face of Easter Two
Jesus is Lost and Found – Watch Here Faces of Lent – Jesus is Lost and Found
· I wonder if anyone in this family has ever been lost? (Share stories of times when you were lost, or when you thought you were lost.)
· I wonder if anyone in this family has ever been found? (Share stories about how you were found or people who helped you. Include stories, when appropriate, about how you found your partner, your calling, and more.)
· I wonder if there is anything in our house that we could bring to this story to help us tell it better?

The Face of Easter

Jesus’ Baptism and Blessing by God

Watch Here – Week 3 Baptism

· I wonder if anyone in our family has been baptized?

(Tell baptism stories. If you can, pull out the clothes your child wore, and talk about who was there that day, what you did to celebrate, etc.)

· I wonder if there is anything in our house that we could bring to this story to help us tell it better?

The Fourth Sunday in Lent: The Face of Easter Four
Jesus’ Desert and Discovery Experience

• I wonder if anyone in our family has ever wondered about who they are or what their work is going to be? (Tell stories about how you discovered your vocation, or maybe how you decided you wanted to be a parent. How did you know? Invite the children to dream about what their work might be now – being a friend, a sibling, an artist, a musician or what it might be when they grow up.)

• I wonder if there is anything in our house that we could bring to this story to help us tell it better? (If your work has special tools you could bring them to the story, or something that represents your work. What will the children bring?)

Faces of Easter – The Desert 

The Fifth Sunday in Lent: The Face of Easter Five
Jesus as Healer and Parable Maker

The Blind Man

• I wonder if anyone in our family ever came close to God? I wonder if there are times when you felt like God was far away? (Share times in your own life when you felt close to God – at Church, in nature, when you were holding your child, etc. Also share those times when you did not feel close to God. Invite your child to do the same.)
• I wonder if there is anything in our house that we could bring to this story to help us tell it better? (Share photos of your favorite place to pray or feel close to God – your favorite beach, the church where you worship, etc.)

Faces of Easter – The Last Supper

Palm Sunday: The Face of Easter 

Jesus offers the Bread and Wine

· I wonder if anyone in this family ever discovered something new when sharing the Holy Bread and the Holy Wine? (Share stories about what feels most important to you when sharing communion. What part do you like best? What part seems most important? I wonder what other kinds of holy meals you share as a Family? Special food? Special traditions at Christmas or Easter? What might make them holy or sacred?)
· I wonder if there is anything in our house that we could bring to this story to help us tell it better?

Easter Day: The Face of Easter 
The one who was Easter and still is.

Special Note: These last two images are meant to be glued, back to back, so that the Face of Good Friday and the Face of Easter are always together. You cannot take them apart!
· I wonder if anyone in this family has ever entered the Mystery of Easter? I wonder what you found? (Share stories about what you love about Holy Week and Easter. What is your favourite part? What part is most important? I wonder why? Invite your children to do the same.)

· I wonder if there is anything in our house that we could bring to this story to help us tell it better?

· Close this special time together by getting out out the Alleluia Banner you made at the beginning of Lent and display it somewhere in your home! It is also a great time to shout or sing, “Alleluia!” and ring bells.

Make a joyful noise! Jesus is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

 

ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE!
Rosemary & Saule
The above material is adopted from a resource developed by the Rev. Dr. Cheryl V. Minor,
Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood for the Godly Play Foundation
with Godly Play Resources