This time of enormous difficulty and challenge is coming just as we prepare ourselves for Easter. This is when we can remind one another that at the heart of the Good News of Jesus is hope, no matter what the situation; hope for ourselves, and our children, and our world. That hope comes out of the darkest of places; the death of Jesus on the cross. But out of this awful moment comes the forgiveness of sins, the offer of being made right with God, the defeat of evil, and eternal life.
Teaching this to our children is not easy! But it’s through this that our children will learn just how precious they are to God; how they can be forgiven and have a living relationship with him; what God is doing to fix the world.
Some suggestions for sharing this with our children:
- Use these resources in the best way for you and your child. You know your child and what is helpful for them and what might be upsetting or distracting; use this material (and any Treehouse material!) in the way that is going to bless them the
- Don’t be afraid to be open about the cross and what it means, in an age- appropriate way. Children have deep questions and deep feelings and deep thoughts. They need to know, just like all of us, that Jesus died for them because
he loves them, and that they can be forgiven. Don’t be afraid to get into this; you’ll be amazed at what your children understand, and what you learn from them as well.
- It’s okay to not know the answers. It’s also okay to tell your child that you don’t know the answers!
- God wants our children to know him, and he wants to use us as parents (and grandparents, and aunts, and uncles, and friends…) to make the introductions. That’s amazing. It means when we speak to God and ask for help to do this, he
will be there to help us.
We’re introducing (or reintroducing) some Hillsong Kids songs for this Easter series.
We had a go at As the World Shakes last week, and for this week have a look at Take it All. Extra points for doing the actions with your children! (Treehouse is where I get my Sunday morning workout.)
The full Bible story can be found in Mark 15:21-41. The Jesus Storybook Bible, if you have it, also retells the story in a really thought provoking way, in the chapter The sun stops shining. Here’s a video that may help you retell the story from The Gospel Project.
Draw a cross, or ask your child to draw a cross, and stick it to a wall – write ‘Jesus’above it, large as you like. Invite your child to write down – or help them write down – some of the wrong things
that they do on post it notes. Then place these on the cross, reminding them that their sins are taken by Jesus. Offer to pray with them, and share with them how much God loves them. Doing this activity alongside your children could be a really powerful moment of seeking God’s forgiveness together – and receiving it together.
These questions are aimed at the treehouse juniors (Years 3-6) but the hope for Treehouse is to start conversations with all our children.
- Why did Jesus die?
- What does it mean for us, that Jesus has taken away our sins? Why is this good
- Was Jesus’ death the end of the story?
Why not share what you've been up to on the Treehouse Parents Facebook Group?
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.