Know Jesus? If so, you’re on a journey with Him- one marked by level plains, arduous hills, mountain tops, and dark valleys. Jesus is our best traveling companion because He has experienced it all for us.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12: 1b-2, NIV)
Holy Week presents Christians with an opportunity to revisit and remember the depths of Jesus’ redeeming love. This Holy Week or Passion Week is nearly upon us, and I’d like to share a resource written for a children’s ministries classroom; adaptable for family devotions, small groups, co-ops, or wherever your imagination takes you. Having seen this program in action, I have found it meaningful for children and adults as they “journey with Jesus” together.
This resource started with a vision I had to help children experience each step Jesus took towards the cross, never retreating, to redeem us from sin and death. It took two good friends to make the vision a reality, and God blessed us with such sweet communion as we planned each detail. Thank you, Kristie Blevins and Alicia Moss!
Please consider downloading and using these materials to assist you creating a memorable Holy Week for you and your family, church, or small group. It was created to be used in one sitting, but is easy to stretch out over several days. It is especially meaningful if used with a mix of generations.
Journey with Jesus Links
The Journey with Jesus experience is comprised of three parts: the lesson plan, the map, and the “destinations.”
Journey with Jesus Lesson Plan: You’ll need one lesson plan per teacher/family. Be sure to read through the lesson plan in its entirety to see how all of the parts work together and decide what adaptations you’d like to make so this plan works for your situation. This plan was originally written to work with The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible, by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Davis Hill, and works well independently from The Story for Children.
Journey with Jesus Map: You’ll need one map per participant. Each participant will draw a predetermined, easy-to-draw symbol on the map as each “destination” is visited. When complete, participants will have a reusable Holy Week map and scripture guide.
Destination Resources: As you proceed on your journey you’ll make stops at various “destinations.” Each “destination” has a picture illustrating a particular scene, a scripture to read, and a symbol to copy onto the map. There are two downloads per “destination.” Resources for “destinations” 1-8 can be found in numerical order when you open the link.
Should you download these resources, will you please be sure to let me know and how you plan to use them? I’d also love to hear how using these resources blessed your Holy Week experience.
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:3, NIV)
Lenten and Easter Blessings,