Jasper, sapphire, agate, emerald, onyx, carnelian, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, amethyst…
Imagine a city with these precious stones as the foundation, a city of pure gold, like polished glass, a city with walls of jasper. The gates are pearls; each gate is a pearl. A river of water bright as crystal flows through the middle of the street. On either side of the river is a tree that produces twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. That is the holy city of God, the New Jerusalem.
Read Revelation 21 & 22 to prepare for this story.
This week. Let’s have a party to celebrate the wonder of heaven. You might want to decorate the classroom, prepare a snack, have some prizes… in short, do anything the children would love as a party!
In today’s story, Miss Beatrice has decorated the room where the Club meets to give an appearance of heaven, with gold and silver colors. Actually, there should be all kinds of colors.
There are people who, by God’s favor, have “visited” heaven (usually because they died in an accident and then returned to life). I have heard several such testimonies, and what these people describe about the colors is that they are so vibrant that colors on earth pale. Everything here pales in comparison with the heavenly home that awaits us.
Miss Beatrice wanted to celebrate that the children had received Jesus as Savior. Just as there is celebration in heaven when a sinner repents, she wanted to celebrate with a party and talk about heaven. She sent invitation cards to the children. Recently a friend of mine did this for her Sunday school class when she would be talking about heaven.
I did the card for her and have made copies for you, too. Maybe you would like to use this idea. There is text on the front. On the back you can print information or write something personal. I have also done a card that you can fold to write inside. A personal note shows a child that her/his teacher cares so much as to send a personal greeting.
There are cards to color, if you want the children to make cards and invite friends for a party or lesson.
I’m also including patterns for crowns.
A PowerPoint celebrates that Pepper is born again. He’s so happy to know the Lord, he imagines himself walking with Jesus in heaven. I hope this can be useful for you.
I would love to get some feedback. Please send me a comment about how you use the stories. Pictures would be very appreciated.
Welcome to read the Salt and Pepper story #25: A Special Invitation
Next week we will add a new friend to the Club. A girl with Down syndrome will become Daisy’s friend. I believe it’s significant to show that all children are important and special in the eyes of God.
Looking ahead, this Spring we will have a series of 15 stories about a boy and a girl who cross the Red Sea and start on the Wilderness Journey. See Exodus 12 through 22, 32 and some stories from Numbers. Let’s pretend Miss Beatrice tells these stories, because after that we will pic up again with our friends in The Treasure Club.
Wishing you blessing, hoping to hear from you.
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