Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Big Idea: Even though Jesus leaves, He's not gone.
Story: "The Ascension" | Spark Story Bible, pg. 498
Ask: One nice way to remember people when they leave us is to tell each other our favorite stories about them. What is your favorite story about Jesus?
Lesson Video | Jesus' Ascension
Ask: How does it make you feel when you think of Jesus returning to Heaven? Do you miss Him? Do you wish He would come back? Why do you think Jesus left us?
Say: Sometimes, it makes me really sad that I can't see Jesus. But, I remember He gave us His Holy Spirit to help us do what He did and follow His way. We'll learn more about that next week. This week, let's think of some ways we can be more like Jesus...(talk about ways to love, be thankful, be kind, and be helpful...)
Song for Kids: I AM The Way
Activity Sheets or Play
After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).
End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started.
(If you need more time)
Go around the room and ask the children to share something they are thankful for this week.
Ask them if there is anything or anyone they would like to pray for this week.