What's going on with Maynard's Groovy Bible Tunes, from day to day...
Facebook has just introduced its new "reactions" - instead of just "like", you can "wow", "sad" and so on.
Turns out that some of these go perfectly with explaining Good Friday... and singing my "It was a .... Friday" Good Friday Song.
Make some big reactions - you need Love, Wow, Sad, and Angry from the pictures above. I used backing paper on large cardboard squares (from packaging boxes), and then large coloured circles of paper, and more cutout paper for the details.
This is in note form, you need to elaborate and interact with the children and adults
Facebook: used to be able to "like" things - now you can chose different "reactions".
[Show big reaction pictures that you've made]
Good Friday was the day when Jesus was crucified, it was a day for reactions.
1st reaction: [Show the 'Angry' reaction] [Get them to identify it, tell them we're going to make it stand for 'bad', get them to shout "BAD" (after 3 perhaps - 1,2,3 "BAD!")]
It was a Bad day – people were horrible to Jesus: 23:35-39
2nd reaction: ['Wow' reaction, do the same...] Mad
Mad day – because it shouldn't have happened
23:40-41; yes, criminals deserved it (in some way), but Jesus was an innocent man.... Mad
['Sad' reaction] Sad
Sad day – Jesus was killed. 23:48-49
Great friends, helped many people – couldn't believe what had happened.
Bad, Mad, Sad
So how come: “Good” Friday?
['heart' reaction] Glad
Glad because Jesus' death happened s.t. We could be put right with God.
How can a thief be in paradise? Because he put his trust in Jesus, and Jesus death put him right with God.
Not just for thief: = for you and me.
Bible tells us, apostle Paul: “All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) - we know that, if we're honest with ourselves. On our own, we're not right with God.
We may not be a thief – but we're not right with God. Sometimes we're bad [show 'angry'/bad reaction], sometimes we're mad and we don't do what God wants [show 'wow'/mad reaction]
We need help. [perhaps show 'sad' reaction - how God feels] The thief shows us what to do: we need to trust in Jesus.
Romans 3:23-24 “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
In other words: we're declared right with God ("justified), as God's free gift (his "grace") – because of what Jesus did on the cross: [show 'love' reaction] he loved us so much that he redeemed us, he bought us back, by paying the price for our sins.
Death is what we deserve. Jesus died that death on the cross.
[Recap Good Friday events and show reactions, and get them to shout] Bad, Mad, Sad
But we can be Glad
because: Jesus death can put us right with God, if, like thief, we put trust in Jesus.
Want to do that? [explain your follow-up plan]
Because: today might be Bad / Mad / Sad,
but it's a day when we can be: GLAD!
Sing the song... "It was a Bad Friday..."
Here are some song ideas for the Christianity Explored "Epic Explorers" Holiday Club material.
|Day||Title||Bible Passage||Themes||Main Song||Other Songs|
|1||Breathtaking Bay||Mark 1:16-34||Jesus has authority, He is God's chosen king, not just a miracle worker||Jesus has authority||One man said, Click he's the image|
|2||Discovery Dens||Mark 2:1-12||Sin, Forgiveness of sins, Jesus is God||Forgiveness||God has a plan|
|3||Mysterious Mountains||Mark 15:22-39||Jesus dies, innocent, but in our place||Good Friday||53v6|
|4||Crown Cave||Mark 16||Resurrection - Jesus is alive!||He's alive||So this is how, I want to know|
|5||Rocky Road||Mark 8:27-38||Who do you say Jesus is? Becoming a Christian||Will you sing?||I want to know, Bothered|
Here are some other more general songs that are great for introducing the Bible, and having fun while you're singing about Jesus:
Here's a little theme song if you're doing a kids holiday club based on "Polar Explorers", a resource from Scripture Union UK. Click here to download for free from the store.
We're Polar Explorers! No, not Dora!
We're Polar Explorers! Where's the snow?
We're Polar Explorers! We're gonna hear of Jesus,
We're Polar Explorers! Here we go!
Peter, Stephen, Philip too - telling people Jesus is Good News.
Saul is Paul, and his friend Tim - following Jesus, and living for him!
Leader: We're not Dora,
Kids: We're Polar Explorers!
We used this for the Morden Park Holiday Club - it was catchy, fun, and the kids loved it.
This is not an endorsement or recommendation of the SU Polar Explorers material.
Watching reports pop up of “great children’s song…” from Facebook and Twitter, it seems that 'sound' parents want their kids only to sing Bible verses set to music. That is, actual Bible verses (ESV or NIV) squeezed onto notes.
Funny thing is, we don’t demand the same for ourselves. We sing “Amazing Grace” with gusto, and “10,000 reasons” from our hearts.
Now I’m not saying that your 5-7 year olds should be singing 10,000 reasons in Sunday Club – but what should they be singing?Continued - Read More »»
2015's theme at "Spring Harvest" is "Immeasurably More" - so what better song to sing than Immeasura-Bubbly!
The Chorus reminds us of the great words of Ephesians 3:20-21:
"God can do, immeasura-bubbly :: More than you can ever imagine... :: God can do, immeasura-bubbly :: Bubbly bubbly bubbly bubbly more!"