EASTER SUNDAY IN OUR PRESCHOOL CLASS
By Tyler Birkam
To be honest the class with the kids started a little rocky. Maybe it was the Easter candy but manners and ability to focus for just a second were a bit in short supply....about five minutes in I considered just scrapping the 'plan' and having a random 'do-what-you-want' play day. But we kept going and started reading the scripture verses for the week, which was the last supper and the empty tomb. I had contemplated these verses leading up to Sunday and found it odd in some ways that Jesus betrayal and crucifixion were left out of the listed verses. As you might guess, I wondered if it would be good to read through Jesus betrayal and death, or if that was too much for the kids....as well as too long of a story to tell. I decided to give it a shot, thinking it was important for the kids to start and keep hearing our full Christian story (that does include death and injustice) but to definitely balance the death in the story with the hope of resurrection.
I was truly amazed and touched. We read through the last supper, betrayal in the garden, trial and crucifixion, three days of mourning and the resurrection. It took about 10 minutes and there was not a peep in the room as the kids were gripped by the story. Joanne and I both commented later that the change in the kids was striking and how the power of 'our story' completely drew them in and captured their attention. The kids wanted to keep reading and I think we could have done another 10 minutes. So great to know we are part of a really good story that captures the imaginations of young and old, and has been doing so for thousands of years.