The bustle and joy of the world Jesus knew!

By The Reverend Christine V. Hides

Led by very smart and thoughtful fifth and sixth grade tour guides, the 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes visited the Sea of Galilee, the Temple Mount, and an ancient well. To get a taste of local life in the first century, we spent time in a family home. We didn’t even need to board a plane. In fact, we traveled across the world, back 2,000 years, wearing our jammies for Pajama Day!

We are especially grateful for the parents and teachers who have worked with the fifth and sixth grade class over the last two months to prepare the activities, props, and scenery that made the world Jesus knew come to life. This is a beloved tradition at Kenilworth Union, when our middle schoolers have a chance to teach younger children, learn experientially, work as a team, and use their artistic talents. The atmosphere they created is best described as joyfully curious.

We are already planning to mix it up a bit next fall, engaging with the world of the Old Testament, developing a much needed two-year rotation for the mixed fifth and sixth grade class. Both The World Jesus Knew and The World of the Old Testament books by Mark Olson are the foundation of our lessons. If you are curious about life in Bible times, I highly recommend these guides.

Speaking of next fall, our teaching teams are nearly full! There are just three slots left in preschool and second and two slots in fourth and fifth/sixth classes. What a gift to have a committed, caring, and excited group of adults leading lessons on Sunday morning. Our amazing teaching teams are what make special projects like Habitat possible. Please contact Christine Hides or Greta Connor to join a teaching team!!

Activity: Giving Beans for Lent

On Tuesday, the P*Wee club decorated 50 (or more) lima beans for their Lenten giving jars. They will place a bean in a jar each time they do something for someone else between now and Easter. It isn’t too late to start a giving bean jar at home or to take part in the Walk with Us in Lent poetry devotionals.