Reminiscing about BREAKFAST WITH JESUS

This is why I am so thankful for the internet, email, that thing called YAHOO …
Look, I don’t mean to brag. Please don’t misunderstand. I just have some strong opinions. I was a strong-willed child that held all that strong will inside. And now, well, at 45 years of age – there’s a lot of that strongness that’s bound to come out at some point. It just, you know, can’t be contained forever. I’m actually not BIGHERO 6. Ok, ok. Sometimes the jeans get a little tight even though the scale registers the same.
And that strong will, it causes me some guilt sometimes. Oh, buddy – can it ever sneak up on you and create some moments of regret – YES IT CAN. YES, IT HAS.
And with all this info out there reminding us that FACEBOOK PHOTOS ARE FOREVER and that SNAPCHATs are NOT that quickly snapped off the grid and … you get my point. I hope you get it, because I’m here right after only one cup of coffee downed and I actually haven’t had breakfast and probably have not spent my time with Jesus yet and I’m smack out of alliterations and rhymes.
So I’m going to do it. Finally.
I’m going to tell you what I believe.
ABOUT MY BLOG, for goodness sakes. What did you think I was going to talk about?
I’m going to do it in the most self aggrandizing way that you’ve ever seen. It’s going to be like one of those email marketing letters that people take webinars to learn how to do. It’s going to take paragraph after paragraph to tout beingmissmelanie. And in betwixt that touting, it’s going to intersperse all sorts of opportunities to –
NOT SPEND A DIME.
That is correct, folks. This thing that I am offering is absolutely free.
Right now, right now, people, there is a website out there that is offering you over $2,000 worth of Children’s Ministry curriculum for just $97.
A SUBSCRIPTION TO FOLLOW beingmissmelanie IS FREE.
Right now, there is a particular conference going on that is tweeting and fb’ing and probably even instagramming. And, hey, I’m going to just admit it this morning. I am envious. I kind of wish that I was there. But, that would have cost a registration fee, hotel nights, and a few meals.
OK, OK, ALREADY. It would have cost a few extra wardrobing bucks because my husband says that I shouldn’t leave the house in yoga pants – you know, unless I am actually going to yoga class. Do you follow me on facebook? No? Then you don’t know about our low ceiling basement that it SO HELPFUL with balance when you are attempting WiiU Fit. Pshaw. Who am I kidding? I haven’t done yoga since we updated the console to WiiU.
HEY! FACEBOOK FRIENDING ME IS ALSO – FREE!
Let’s get back to that conference that I’m envious of. I happen to know for a fact. Yes, I said a fact. That at least two of those people at that conference, probably at least two with vendor tables, have recently gushed accolades onto beingmissmelanie.
Look, I get grammar. But those how-to webinars about how to make a lot of money writing fundraising emails tell you that you should write in an increasingly conversational tone. You’re drawing people in. Who cares about ending sentences with prepositions? You just care about the end result – donations. Who cares about run on sentences, dangling participles? You just want folks to run dangle their credit card info.
DID I MENTION THAT COMMENTING ON A beingmissmelanie POST IS ABSOLUTELY – YOU GOT IT – FREE! 
And those people at the conference who gushed accolades were just two people, but that does mean that at least two truthfully quantifies them. And no, it was not actually on this site where they gushed accolades. It was in a personal email. And no, I do not share personal emails. For heaven’s sake. If I did that, then that data trail may go intercontinental and then who knows what US government agency may then be viewing beingmissmelanie‘s pictures.
Yeah, I watch LAST WEEK TONIGHT. (What do you think it would take to get John Oliver to tweet beingmissmelanie?)
By the way, do you know how much some people pay to access cable television?
ACCESS TO LESSON PLANS ON beingmissmelanie IS FREE.
beingmissmelanie has caused a rector, ahem, possibly a canon dean to cry at her resignation. She has received the ultimate compliment from a military chaplain’s wife, who described beinmissmelanie‘s teaching as “neither showy nor shallow.” (Hope she is not reading this right now.)  beingmissmelanie even garnered the attention of some genteel Southern belle who had the following made for her
napkin
That is an engraved napkin. Do you know how much engraved celebration napkins cost? (beingmissmelanie hopes this dear lady is not reading at the moment.)
I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but marketing specialists charge big bucks to teach you to speak of yourself in the third person.
beingmissmelanie IS A BLOG THAT CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO TEACH CHILDREN FOR ZERO BUCKS.
beingmissmelanie has a long history. While in her first year of business with wordpress,
ok, almost two months – forgive me, I was Mary Kay trained in sales self promotion,
beingmissmelanie has been teaching children and communicating with parents for going on a decade.
 This is where the gratitude comes in for YAHOO … (did you yodel it?)
beingmissmelanie has the archived emails to prove it.
Shoot, I guess I am going to share one after all. Mr. Snowden, help, please…
Do you love talking about the faith that you are discovering? Do you like children? Do you have time to show up once a week?
You can teach. It’s not that hard. It doesn’t require gimmicks. It doesn’t even require that much money.
That $2,000 worth of curriculum? It’s probably pretty good. For some people. For some traditions. But I think that you can do it almost all on your own. You know, with the help of
She’s free. Follow her. Comment. Ask questions.
Sharing is caring.
Sometimes she will think she’s come up with a pretty neat new system to organize a bible lesson. But she’s working on this little premise – read the text and like a kid – throw in a bit of fun. It ain’t that big of a deal. It’s Deuteronomy 6 still in action.
YAHOO told me that the following went out about 7 years ago to a small set of Sunday School parents in Columbia, SC.
Yep, there wasn’t a timehop app back then.
And I’m thinking that it’d work just as well this coming Sunday.
Parent Guide
BIble Adventures
April 6, 2008
We did these activities today (elementary and preschool classes met together.)
1) Glued cotton balls on sheep drawing.
2) Marched to circle and sang “Peter, James and John in a Sailboat,” remembering that many of Jesus’ disciples were first fishermen.
3) Listened as Mr. Mike read the story “Breakfast with Jesus.”
4) Answered questions
What did Jesus’ disciples do this night? (went fishing)
How many fish did the disciples catch? (none at first)
Who helped the disciples catch many fish? (Jesus)
Who gave Peter a special job to do? (Jesus)
5) Our bible verse to memorize (for elementary class) is
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” John 21:16
6) We talked about how Jesus asked Peter if he loved him and we said a prayer. Mrs. Melanie asked each child by name, “Do you love God?” and each child answered to God – “Yes, God, I love you.”
7) We played a silly game of “My Little Boat turned Over” while waiting for the Catechism Class to join us for music.
8) We sang “Nothing but the Blood,” our hymn for April. (We will sing this for 3 weeks and then move on to our May hymn one week early. We will not sing in church in April, but will sing “There is a Redeemer” in church on Mother’s Day.)
Parents, you may find the bible story for today in John 21:1-17. We also emphasized that Jesus gave Peter a special job of “feeding his sheep.” We talked about how we are God’s sheep and He is the Good Shepherd. Children who come to children’s church time will hear about this “shepherding” concept again next week during that time. We also said that our preachers are like shepherds for us and that we are “fed” by hearing bible stories, praying, singing about God, and taking communion. As always, the story is rich with meaning and we could only touch on it. May you be blessed considering it this week!
 
 

WHO CAN EXPLAIN ALL THIS?

WHO CAN EXPLAIN ALL THIS?

Luke 24:13-45

Explaining Easter, Year B

ENVIRONMENT AID:  In today’s story, two friends meet up with a stranger. I figure it’s time to use the celebratory season of Easter to play some games.

  • Laugh a bit with the traditional “Who am I?” game. Simple instructions are here WHO AM I?
  • Or, if you have HEDBANZ, then play “What am I?” without having to come up with your own list of people.
  • Not sure your group would get into either of these question games? How about a get to know you BINGO? Everyone gets a card with the same descriptions and goes around the room looking for someone that fits each description, getting signatures. Play for typical 5 in a row win or entire board. Instructions and dowloadable template HERE Be sure to change up some of the descriptions before printing so that they fit your age bracket! 

You’ve learned new things about your friends today OR shown how well you already knew them. My question now is, HOW WELL WOULD YOU HAVE KNOWN JESUS?

LOOKING AT THE WORD: Have each student open the bible to the text for the day. Read it aloud. Then ask, the journalist’s questions.

  • Who is in our story today?
  • Where are they?
  • What are they doing?
  • What are they confused about? Why?
  • How is that problem solved? 

I WONDER DISCUSSION:

The bible says that they looked sad. I wonder if they had any hope that they would see Jesus?

I wonder what it felt like to be called foolish?

I wonder what it felt like to have all the scriptures explained in one walk?

I wonder how far they walked, if they stopped along the way, if others saw them engrossed in conversation …

I wonder what Jesus looked like with that resurrected body?

I wonder if they recognized him at the same time? How did they look? What did they say? What did they do?

I wonder if your heart has ever burned within you when you’ve heard the words of Jesus …

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD:

Continue your chart of DESCRIPTIONS/PROOF. On one column list proofs that Jesus came to life again. On the opposite column you may contrast a dead body. The list will grow each week. Example –

DESCRIPTIONS/PROOFS

RESURRECTED/LIVING BODY      DEAD BODY

not in tomb      laid in tomb

walks     can’t walk 

talks      can’t talk

eats      can’t eat

vanishes            

CREATIVE RESPONSE: The text says that he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. Remind the children of the connections here. He had called himself the Bread of Life after multiplying a lunch to feed many. He had told his disciples that his body would be broken at The Last Supper. We meet him and he meets us in weekly Communion, or Eucharist, or The Lord’s Supper. Consider listening to this SONG: WHAT IS A SACRAMENT? and then brainstorm.

What would you ask Jesus if he was at your house breaking bread? 

Pass out markers, crayons, colored pencils, and/or pens. Have strips of colored paper to write on. Let students write as many questions as they can think of – serious and funny, both allowed – to ask Jesus. Tape, staple, or glue them to a poster or banner and leave up in the room.

Finish with prayer.

Jesus, may your presence in us cause our hearts to burn like the friends in our story today.

WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE?

WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE?

Mark 16:1-8

Explaining Easter, Year B

ENVIRONMENT AID:  Disappointed. Despondent. Consider placing a set of toy soldiers on a large table. Be sure they are knocked over. Or, perhaps put out a board game of strategy, like Risk.

Give each student an index card with one of the following scenarios:

  • You struck out at bat during the last inning of the league championship game. Your team lost.
  • You failed your driver’s test. You have to wait three weeks to take it again. All your friends know that you were going to the DMV today.
  • You had pneumonia for a month this winter. You tried, but you couldn’t make up all the work. You have to repeat seventh grade math.
  • Your home caught fire and only a few things can be saved. You have to go with your parents to try to salvage through the remains.
  • You got him as a puppy when you were just four years old. He slept with you every night. He died this morning.
  • You finally made it into a favorite club that you’ve been wanting to join for two years. Your dad tells you that he has a new job and you have to move.

You’ve all had some disappointing things happen (as described on your cards.) Pretend that the situation described on your card is your situation right now. How do you feel? What are you going to do?

LOOKING AT THE WORD: Jesus followers likely thought that he had come to set up an earthly kingdom. Now he was dead. Were their hopes crushed or did they still have hope?     Have each student open the bible to the text for the day. Read it aloud. Then ask, the journalist’s questions.

  • Who is in our story today?
  • Where do they go?
  • What are they going to do?
  • What are they worried about? Why?
  • How is that problem solved? 

I WONDER DISCUSSION:

I wonder if they remembered what Jesus had told them? I wonder if they were counting days?

I wonder if they had anointed other bodies before?

I wonder how much they’d slept, how much they’d cried, how much they’d asked God, “Why?”

I wonder who rolled the stone away …

I wonder if I would believe …

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD:

Do you have a list of God’s attributes and/or names displayed in your classroom? Read them aloud. Some may include

OMNIPOTENT. HEALER. GREAT PHYSICIAN. COMPASSIONATE. HELPER. HOPE.

If you have used the Children’s Catechism Q/As for prior memory work, then refer to this one –

CAN GOD DO ALL THINGS? YES. GOD CAN DO ALL HIS HOLY WILL.

If you have charted how Jesus shows himself to be both MAN and GOD as you read through Mark, then read those descriptions aloud.

COULD THIS GOD/MAN THAT WE HAVE STUDIED ABOUT HAVE COME TO LIFE AGAIN? WOULD THAT MAKE SENSE?

Begin a new chart called DESCRIPTIONS/PROOF. On one column begin this week to list proofs that Jesus came to life again. On the opposite column you may contrast a dead body. The list will grow each week. Example –

 DESCRIPTIONS/PROOFS

RESURRECTED BODY      DEAD BODY

not in tomb      laid in tomb

CREATIVE RESPONSE: Fear, worry, and questions happen to all of us when we are disappointed. God has been saying “Fear not” for generations. Listen to this song about God talking to another Mary, the mother of Jesus, before Jesus was born. Write down phrases you hear that remind you that Jesus will/did rise again and that his kingdom will not end. Or, as you listen, pick up our soldiers here who have fallen down and make ready for action again  …

HOW DID CHRIST BEING GOD THE SON BECOME MAN