- What is the next thing your family will be celebrating? (birthdays? Mother's Day? The end of quarantine?!)
- Imagine what it would be like to hear that Jesus had come back to life, and to see him alive again for the first time. What do you think that would be like? (scary? shocking? exciting?)
- What is the next thing you would do? What do you think the disciples did next?
Interestingly, when Jesus first visited his closest friends, he found them huddling together inside their homes (not unlike we are now!). They were then told to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came to them (waiting for the next thing, how familiar!). Finally, after they received the gift of the Holy Spirit (a holiday we now call Pentecost), they were told to go out and share the story of Jesus with the whole world.
- Where is somewhere in the world you've always wanted to travel?
- What is the first thing you are going to do when you are done waiting for the quarantine to be lifted?
- What part of the song "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High" did we read about in the Bible story today?
- How long does Acts say Jesus appeared to the disciples before he went to heaven?
- How would your react if you were in this story, and saw Jesus rise up on a cloud?!
- If someone asked you to tell them about Jesus, what would you say? What story might you tell them? / What is your favorite story about Jesus?
Here are some activities you can do....
Go outside and lay on the ground. Look at the clouds (or the stars!). Do you see any shapes or patterns? Imagine what it was like to see Jesus rising to heaven, being hidden by the clouds (Acts 1:9).
Tell the Story Through Art
- Create a picture of Jesus going up to heaven (a great reason to bust out some cotton-balls and make some clouds!)
- Or, create a comic strip of the story. Make speech bubbles of Jesus talking to the disciples-- either copy the verses, or make a modern day version!
- Take a picture of your creation to share with all of us!
We Lift Our Praises To You
Blow up a balloon for each family member (if you have them, if not find some balls of some kind) and write what you are grateful for on them (or, hold them while you thank God for what you are grateful for). Jesus rose from the dead, and then rose from earth to the sky. Toss your balloons (or balls) up into the air and bounce them up with your hands (or feet?!). See how long you can keep them from touching the ground! Pray, "God, we lift up our praises to you!"