Bible Truth: I have a forever home in Heaven.
Bible Story: Jesus went back to Heaven to prepare a home for us.
Bible Study: John 14:1-6; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 21:22-27
I like using our flannel graph set to visually show Jesus ascending up into heaven as I tell this story. Then I use a gold gift bag that I call my "Heaven Bag" to describe the kind of home that the Bible says Jesus is preparing for us. Below is a list of items that I have in the bag. I pull each item out one by one, and talk about whether or not we will have and/or need it in heaven. If it will be in heaven I keep it in the gold bag. If not, I throw it into a trash bag, which I usually ask one of the children to hold for me.
Items to represent what will be in heaven include:
- gold (coins or jewelry)
- small musical instrument (worship)
- piece of fruit (we will have a feast in heaven)
- picture of Jesus (the best part about heaven is we will see Jesus!)
- tissues (to wipe tears)
- black heart (sin)
Heaven is a Happy Place - I have colored various pictures from coloring books to illustrate each verse of this song. You could also hold up objects from the lesson above that correspond with each verse of this song. Follow the link for the tune and lyrics.
up in a cloud
This craft helps the children remember, and retell the story of Jesus' ascension. You will need:
- these print outs (I suggest printing the first page on card stock for stability and ease of operation.)
- cotton balls
In class, children can color their page and glue cotton balls the clouds. Help them put glue on the opposite ends of the large cloud, and attach it to their pages in a way that allows for Jesus to easily be pulled up behind it. Children pull the string in the back to move Jesus from standing on the ground with His disciples, to ascend up to heaven in a cloud.
'h' is for heaven
This is simple, low prep craft. Print this activity sheet onto cloud stationery paper. I purchased mine from Wal-Mart. Give the children small cotton balls, or pull larger cotton balls apart, to glue onto the letter 'H'.
a beautiful home
Another simple craft is to provide children with craft jewels and sequins to decorate a picture like this.
See this post for more activities to teach your child about Heaven at home this week!