TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY
Why is Good Friday called good?
As a child, I'm sure you can remember feeling confused by Good Friday. The idea of Jesus being hurt and killed seemed anything but good. Even now, we see the same questions in the eyes of our kids as we’ve discussed the events leading up to Resurrection Sunday. For many families of small children, we can be tempted to gloss over Passover week’s brutality and celebrate with peeps, pastels, and baskets rather than talking about the historical fact and life-transforming truth of these important days.
You might wonder if talking about the Cross will make your children feel sad, overwhelmed, or even scared, but as we seek to raise the next generation to be Jesus followers, we must find the words to teach our children the whole story. Our faith hinges on these incredible true events in history. Here are a few ways to start a conversation about Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday in your home:
Begin with scripture. There is always power in the Word of God. Around the dinner table or in a moment that isn’t rushed, take a few minutes to slowly read Luke 22-23 together and give space for conversation and questions. Don’t worry if you can’t answer every question; this is a moment for the whole family to grow. If the kids have the wiggles and don’t seem like they’re catching it all, don’t fret or get frustrated, your obedience in opening the Word in your home is planting seeds in their hearts, and I promise they are catching more than you think. Invite your kids to tell the story back to you in their own words and see what parts of the story captured their attention. Then, reread the crucifixion account from The Jesus Storybook Bible or another children’s bible that paraphrases scripture in language explicitly geared towards kids.
As a parent, you know your kids the best, so use simple age-appropriate words they can easily understand. While you don’t have to use graphic detail, our kids should understand the weight of what Jesus experienced on the Cross on our behalf. It’s important to connect what Jesus endured to our sin because without understanding sin, we cannot fully grasp the significance of Jesus’ love and sacrifice on the Cross. Remind your kids that Jesus was perfect and never sinned, yet He chose to die a brutal death on the Cross for our sin. As it is so beautifully written in the Jesus StoryBook Bible, God loved us so much he gave his, “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love,” through Jesus.
Spoiler alert! We know how the story ends; that’s why we call Good Friday good. The hard, heavy, and beautiful truth is that Jesus died for our sin, but we don’t despair or lose hope because Jesus didn’t stay dead — He rose from the grave and defeated death once and for all. Jesus is alive! Help your kids see the whole story, both the ache of the Cross and the joy of the empty tomb. Jesus’ act of love on the Cross and rising from the dead means that we now can have life forever. This is the gospel, the Good News.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me”, and He is still calling children to Himself. The work and revelation God does in our children’s hearts are not cute; it is holy.
In disciplining our children, we must talk about the Cross, sin, and hope of Jesus often in our home, don’t simply save it for Easter weekend. We are Ressurection Sunday people every day of the year. As a parent, I’ve experienced God use these conversations with my children to impact and sharpen my own faith. The more we talk about the things of God in our home, the more we all will grow in relationship with Him.
VIVE KIDS IS A PLACE WHERE KIDS HAVE FUN LEARNING ABOUT JESUS
WHAT WE VALUE
First, we believe that Jesus is the most important person for children to know and learn about. Jesus changes everything! One thing we know about Jesus is that He LOVES children. We teach our kids directly from the Bible!
Second, we believe church should be fun! Kids should understand that church is fun and living for God is just better! Our kid's programs are dynamic and engaging.
Third, church should be safe for kids. So all our kids infant through 5th grade are checked into a secure system, so they can only be picked up by the people who checked them in. Also, all our kids workers and nursery workers have to pass a background check.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT VIVE KIDS
YOUR FIRST VISIT
Visiting us for the first time? No worries! We got you covered. Look for first-time Kids Check-In when you walk up the stairs on your right-hand side. We will meet your family, check your child into class and one of our volunteers will lead your child to their age-appropriate room. We can’t wait to meet you!
CHECK-IN & SECURITY SYSTEM
First-time visitors will go to the children’s check-in station where our team will register your child and give your child a name badge with a parent pick-up tag.
After your first visit, the self-check-in computers are provided to sign in and print your child’s name badge and parent pick-up tag. At the end of the service, show your parent pick-up tag to a team member in your child’s classroom and your child will be released to you.
Children will not be released to anyone not possessing the correct pick-up tag or to a minor. Safety is our first commitment.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your kids will experience an age-appropriate lesson that will teach them about God and His love for them directly from the Bible. The teaching is interactive and utilizes multiple approaches for different learning styles. Our goal is for kids to understand who Jesus is and how He can make a difference in their lives. They will also have a lot of fun!
If you would prefer to bring your kids to service, we encourage you to take advantage of our family seating located at the back of the auditorium. This seating is conveniently designed so that if your child becomes a little too active or fussy, you can easily slip out to the lobby where you can still enjoy the service via video. When you and your kids are ready, we will make sure they have a great time learning about Jesus in VIVE Kids.