Jesus Returns to Heaven
We are rapidly coming to the end of the Bible lessons from the ABC Jesus Loves Me 3-Year Old Curriculum! This was Week 34, covering the ascension of Jesus into heaven from Acts 1:8-11. I also extended the lesson to talk about Jesus’ Second Coming and heaven in general, since the Bible memory verse was, “In my Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2.
We had a great time discussing the lesson this week. We started out bright and early Monday morning reading through the story in ALL our story Bibles: The Beginner’s Bible (by Karyn Henley), The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes, The Rhyme Bible Storybook, Classic Bible Stories: A Family Treasury. (Confession: the kids had woken me up much earlier than usual and I was just trying to fight off the grumpies. Pulling them into my lap and reading Bible stories was the only “good mom” thing I could come up with in my drowsy state. Luckily it satisfied them until I was more fully awake and in control of myself.) Later that day we listened to the actual Bible passage on our iPod playlist (see below) as we ran errands. On Tuesday I retold the story from the ESV Seek and Find Bible using our flannel board set.
I loved the questions that came up this week! Ian and I talked a lot about heaven. He asked if I was going to be there, and I told him yes, because I love Jesus and follow Him. I don’t remember exactly how the conversation went, but Ian expressed his own faith for the first time in course of that discussion. He’s usually very reserved about making faith personal (doesn’t like praying on his own, at least out loud), so it was very sweet. We followed up on this discussion by reading Heaven is for Real For Kids. I loved how it was full of Scripture, as well as being told from a child’s perspective. (There are some details that are extra-biblical, but they don’t contradict Scripture, so we just talked about what the Bible DOES say.)
One idea I liked for telling this story was releasing helium balloons and watching them ascend into the clouds like Jesus. Sounds great, right? Well, it helped the boys visualize what happened. NOTE TO SELF: next time, buy balloons to KEEP as well. Every time we read the story after this activity, Ian would comment, “I do NOT like letting balloons go.”
It would have been worth an extra $2 to have balloons to play with for a couple days rather than just two sad boys who associate the Ascension with losing balloons!
That was it for us this week (at least for our Bible lesson). No notebook page, but here’s the Bible portion of our iPod playlist:
- “Acts 1” from the ESV Audio Drama from Faith Comes By Hearing
- “In My Father’s House” (John 14:2) from Hide ’em in Your Heart Vol. 2 by Steve Green
- “Just Like Lightning” from The Singing Bible
- “Forever” from The Singing Bible
- “Oh, You Can’t Get to Heaven”
- “When We All Get to Heaven” from 100 Ways to Know God Loves me & 100 Songs to Love Him Back
- Karen & Kids podcast episode “Heaven”