Hey parents!

At City Chapel, we don't babysit kids on Sunday mornings. We empower families to raise up kids who love Jesus. That's why we have this resource to help you, as the parent, bring the teaching from Sunday morning to your dinner table.

Please read over the content with your kids and discuss how the lesson applies to their lives.

Be sure to check the challenge at the end. Thank you for taking the time to invest in your children's spiritual growth!


For toddlers (3-5 yrs)




IN THE CAR:  Ask your child what they learned about this week:

       We celebrated Resurrection Sunday this week with a lesson on what is the meaning of Easter. It’s not about the eggs, the pretty dresses and new clothes that everyone wears or the cook outs that everyone puts together. It’s about Jesus! Last week, the kids learned about Holy Week. We taught the kids that Holy Week started with Palm Sunday and ends a week later with Resurrection Sunday.

AT DINNER: Here are some great discussion starters

1. What is Resurrection Sunday?

2. What happened during Holy Week?

3. What are we celebrating on Easter Sunday?

PARENT TIME: What you need to know:

Holy Week is all about the events of Jesus’s last week on Earth that happened starting on Palm Sunday leading to Resurrection Sunday.

On Sunday of Holy Week Jesus entered Jerusalem. He rode on a donkey. Many people were there. They took branches and waved them. Some took off their coats and laid them on the road. The people shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” People were excited and happy to see Jesus! They praised him and welcomed him to Jerusalem.

On Monday Jesus went to the temple. When He got there, He threw out the people who exchanged money and sold animals for use in the temple. He said, “Scripture says, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you’re turning it into a gathering place for thieves” He was very angry they were selling items in the temple.

On Tuesday Jesus continued to teach both His friends and the crowds who came to listen at the Temple. He continued to speak about parables (short stories in the bible that Jesus uses to teach us on how to live).

On Wednesday Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany. As he sat at the supper table with his disciples, a woman named Mary anointed Jesus head and feet with costly perfumed oil. Also on Wednesday Judas, one of Jesus’ disciple puts together a plan to

betray Jesus. He went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him.

On Thursday Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as they prepared to share in the Passover. That evening He shared a special meal with His friends. Christians call this meal The Last Supper. Later, Jesus went with His friends and followers to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. It was later that evening that Judas, one of Jesus’ followers, came with a large crowd. He came and kissed Jesus on the cheek. This was a sign to tell the guards who they were to arrest. They came and arrested Jesus. All Jesus’ followers ran away. The crowd took Jesus to a trial held by the Jewish religious leaders. Many people told lies about Jesus. They finally said He should die because He claimed to be “the Messiah, the Son of God”

On Friday, they took Jesus to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. They told Pilate that Jesus should die. Pilate finally agreed to it. After the soldiers made fun of Jesus, they led Him to Golgotha. That’s where they crucified Him. They hung Jesus on the cross with nails pounded through His hands and feet. Later that afternoon, Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” You might think that meant He was about to die. But it meant more than that. It meant that right then Jesus had paid off the debt of all our sin. That’s why He had to die on the cross—to pay for all our sins.

On Saturday, they took Jesus down from the cross. Two of Jesus’ friends took Him to a tomb one of them had. They wrapped in strips of linen and buried Him there.

Early on Easter Sunday morning some of Jesus’ women friends went to the tomb. When the women got to the tomb they found the guards Pilate had placed there were gone. Even the big stone covering the tomb’s entrance was moved. Then Jesus’ women friends saw an angel who told them the good news: “Don’t be afraid! I know you’re looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He’s not here. He has been brought back to life as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Then go quickly, and tell His disciples that He has been brought back to life” Jesus’ friends didn’t believe the women at first. Yet that same day Jesus appeared to more of His friends. Then they, too, came to believe the best news ever: Jesus is alive.

That’s why Easter is so important. Because Jesus is alive, we know that all our sins were forgiven because of Jesus’ death for us. That means we can live with God now and forever. What great news! That’s the story of Holy Week.




CHALLENGE:  

    Easter is not the only day that we should remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. Help your kids remember daily that Jesus died for our sins so that all may have eternal life.


 

FOR ELEMENTARY (6-11 YRS)


IN THE CAR:  Ask your child what they learned about this week:   

This Resurrection Sunday, we talked about what we celebrate on Easter Sunday. People all over are having cook outs for their friends and family. Churches and community groups are hosting eggs hunts for kids. Parents are shopping for new clothes for their kids to wear for church. But the real reason that we celebrate Easter Sunday is to celebrate that we have a king that is no longer on the cross!

AT DINNER:  Here are some great discussion starters:

1. What is your favorite thing to do on Easter Sunday?

2. Why do kids get so excited about doing an egg hunt?

3. What are we really celebrating on Easter Sunday?

4. What does Resurrection Sunday mean?

5. What does an empty cross mean to us

VERSE OF THE DAY:

 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

 

PARENT TIME: What you need to know:

Easter Sunday is a day that we remember what Jesus did on the cross for us. He died for our sin so that we may have eternal life. But for us to have eternal life, we must go through Jesus. Seeing an empty cross reminds us that Jesus is no longer nailed to it. He is alive!


CHALLENGE:

Easter Sunday shouldn’t be the only day that we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. Encourage your kids to remember this daily.