A Good Friday Devotional
Say: Today is the day we call “Good Friday” as Christians, a day when we remember that Jesus died on the cross. This is what happened on that day.
Read Mark 15:33-47
Ask: Since this is a sad story, why do you think we call it Good Friday?
Say: While this part of the story is sad, we also know the story isn’t over yet. It was good for us that Jesus chose to die, because that meant he saved us from our sins. We don’t have to live a life separate from God, because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. But the day is sad, because Jesus did suffer and die. It is good, because it gives us many blessings. The most important one is living our life with God forever.
Children will create jars with blessings in them to remind them of God’s love.
- Glass jars with lids
- Construction paper and/or scrapbook paper
- Decorative craft items (suggestions: ribbon, yarn, buttons, stickers, etc.)
Jesus chose to die on the cross because He loves us. Through His death and resurrection, He made it possible for us to be blessed with eternal life with Him—the greatest blessing we could ever ask for. Jesus wants us to love others the same way He loves us. Today we’re going to make blessing jars and write notes to put inside them—notes to remind us of God’s love.
To make a blessing jar, have each child use a paintbrush and glue to decoupage strips of construction paper and craft paper onto the outside of a jar. Then the kids can use other decorating materials to create their own unique designs. When they finish making their jars, have them use strips of construction paper to write encouraging notes to one another, reminding each other of Jesus’ love. They can put their notes in one another’s jars. Whenever a child puts a note in someone else’s jar, have her say, “Jesus loves you and me” aloud.