Today's lesson plan explores the story of Lazarus' ressurection. I used a few books that are noted with links below. The entire plan for the flow is found below. You can also watch the class on Vimeo
Class on John 15 – I am the true vine
Look for something that needs electricity to work. I used a fan. Ask a kid to turn the fan on, but unplug it first. Why isn’t it working? Let them know it is not connected to the source of energy. Compare that situation to Jesus and us – we need his spiritual energy to thrive.
The story from today is told right before Jesus is crucified. [From mountain pose open hands into a cross]
Jesus said: “I am the Vine, you are the branches[Go into eagle pose]. When you’re joined with me and I with you, [Go into eagle pose on the other side] the the harvest is sure to be abundant. [Step into victorious pose with prayer hands]
As Jesus was going to be crucified [Come into Half moon pose on a side cross] wanted us to know He was not going to desert them [Hold onto your feet and don’t let go like Jesus – [come into utita hatha padangusthasana] , even though they would no longer enjoy His physical presence [Come into Mountain pose]. [REPEAT ON THE OTHER SIDE] Jesus wanted us to know that, even though we cannot see Him, we are as closely connected to Him as the branches of a vine are connected to its stem.
He said that no branch can even live [Come into bound wide angle pose], let alone produce leaves and fruit [Come into bird of paradise] by itself. Cut off from the trunk [go back to wide angle feet on floor] , a branch is dead. [ then cartwheel hands into lizard pose repeat other side]
Just as a vine’s branches rely on being connected to the trunk from which they receive their energy to bear fruit, [Come into tree than standing compass] We depend on being connected to Him for our spiritual life [repeat the sentence and do the other side]
The fruit we produce is that of the Holy Spirit—love, [Hands to heart] joy [jump for joy] peace [tree pose], patience [tree pose on the other side], goodness [Come to kneeling and do reverse prayer pose with hands], kindness, gentleness [come into child's pose], faithfulness [Bring your torso up and do prayer hands], and self-control.
Take away: "I am the vine [Squat with prayer pose]; you are the branches [open arms wide and once to standing]. If a man remains in me and I in him [Eagle pose], he will bear much fruit [come into warrior III]; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (NIV)
Repeat other side.
Meditation: Thoughts to make your heart sing: John 15:15 (p.118)
Tell the kids to let their body melt like ice cream and slowly lay down on the floor. As they lay in savasana ask them to stay still and resist any urges to move. Read p 118 from thoughts to make your heart sing.
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