Dock at Home
May 23/24
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Getting Ready:
You will need: 
  • internet access for song, video and activity links; 
  • Spark Story Bible or Connect Bible; 
  • optional musical instruments to use during the songs;
  • blank paper, markers, tape, string/yarn and lengths of ribbon
The Great Commission
Season of the Church:

The last Sunday of Easter and Ascension Sunday

This is the last Sunday of Easter, and it’s a special day. It’s Ascension Sunday, the day we celebrate Jesus ascending into heaven. Before he ascended (rose up), Jesus asked the disciples to wait in Jerusalem to receive the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit next Sunday - Pentecost! Ascension Day is officially 40 days from Easter. This year, Ascension Day was Thursday, May 21.

Introduction:

After Jesus died, the disciples didn’t know what to do. They had forgotten his promise that he would return from the grave. But when Jesus appeared after the resurrection, their lives were changed! The greatest miracle in all history had just taken place - Jesus was alive! During the 40 days between his resurrection and ascension, Jesus appeared to various groups of disciples, proving to them that he had been raised from the dead by the power of God. WOW! Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he commissioned the disciples to go and make disciples of ALL nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Over twenty years later, the Apostle Paul wrote that “he (Jesus) appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living” (1 Corinthians 15:6). Double WOW!
Song: "Do Lord" from Lifetree Kids
“Do Lord” has been a favorite song in kids’ ministry for a long time. The words remind us that Jesus has a place for us in heaven with him someday! Jesus does remember us!
Story: Matthew 28: 16-20 (Spark Story Bible pg. 496 or 498; Connect Bible pg. 1114)
Story with Amanda Moores, Dock teacher in the Sanctuary
Follow along on page 498 in the SPARK Story Bible
For younger learners, lead the story:

Let’s start off today with a fun hand rhyme that you probably know:
Open, shut them. Open, shut them. (open and close hands)
Give a little clap. (clap once)
Open, shut them. Open, shut them. (open and close hands)
Lay them in your lap. (put hands in lap)

Now let’s try it a different way:
Flap them. Float them. Flap them. Float them. (wave hands and spread fingers)
Give a little tap. (tap floor with fingers)
Flap them. Float them. Flap them. Float them. (wave hands and spread fingers)
Lay them in your lap. (put hands in lap)

Balloons and clouds float up in the air. What else goes up in the air? What do people ride in or use to go up in the air? Have you ever been up in the air? Today’s story is about the disciples, the job Jesus gave them, and someone going up in the air!

Read the story or watch Miss Amanda’s video.

Before Jesus went to heaven, he gave the disciples some directions. What did Jesus tell the disciples to do? What did the disciples watch Jesus do? Where did Jesus go? No one knows what heaven looks like, but we do know Jesus went to heaven, and we’ll see him there someday!
For older learners, lead the lesson:

Before Jesus rose up to heaven, he gave his disciples a job - to go and tell everyone about Jesus. The disciples stayed on the ground and worked for Jesus. You might say they were the first ground crew! A ground crew is a group of people that does important work on the ground, like a baseball ground crew that keeps the field in shape - or an airport ground crew that takes care of the runways, refueling and baggage. We have people at St. Andrew’s who are part of Jesus’ ground crew. Who can you think of and what job do they do? As a follower of Jesus (and a member of his ground crew), you are a disciple and can share the story of Jesus with the people you know. Invite them to be part of Jesus’ ground crew, too!

Open your Connect Bible to Matthew 28:16-20 (pg. 1114) and read the passage. Now look at the box at the bottom of page 1114 where it tells you to circle the word doubted in verse 17. Circle the word and then draw 12 arrows pointing away from it (one for each disciple). Write down one of the doubts the disciples may have had. 

This passage is important because Jesus “commissioned” the disciples to go and do a job. The meaning of commission is “an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people.” Jesus didn’t take this lightly, and neither did the disciples. Verse 20 ends with a beautiful message for us to keep in our hearts, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Activities for all kids and families:
Jesus Windsock - Decorate a plain piece of paper. Roll to make a tube, long edges together, and tape it in place. Punch three equally spaced holes on the top edge, tying one 24” piece of string or yarn to each. Gather the opposite ends of the strings together in a knot. Tape or staple lengths of ribbon/crepe paper to the bottom edge of the windsock, head outside and wave it high in the air to remind you that Jesus went to heaven!
Disciple Goals - What are some “to do” items that you would like to accomplish as a disciple of Jesus? Make a family list and work toward completing one task each month.

Cloud Watching - Stretch out in the yard and do some cloud watching on a nice day! Spend time together picking out shapes and figures in the clouds and talking about what it must have been like to watch Jesus ascend into the clouds.
Song: “12 Disciples Song”
The names of 12 disciples are a lot to keep track of! This song uses the tune of “Jesus Loves Me” to learn the names of the disciples, as well as remember that we’re disciples, too!
Prayer: Can be done inside or outside
Let’s all lay flat on the floor (ground) and look to the heavens (sky). I’ll start with a couple of things, and you can add to them by finishing my sentences silently or out loud.
Let’s pray.

Lord, you left the disciples feeling a little bit confused and nervous. Sometimes we feel that way too, especially when . . .
Even for those who trust in you, changes can be hard, changes like . . .
We turn our faces toward heaven and remember to pray for . . .
May your Spirit guide us this week and our whole lives through.
Amen!
Bonus Activities:
Listen to Jesus - can you figure out Jesus’ message to the disciples?
Cloudy with A Chance of Paradise - how much do you know about clouds?
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
Children, Youth and Family Ministry
900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN 55115