Peace School - We'll learn about the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, and how they took the Jews to Babylon in exile. This visual is of "Job" representing this seventh section in the Bible Storyline, "Destruction and Exile." While Job is a story by itself, many Jews used the story of Job to wrestle with why they were destroyed and taken into exile.
Reflect - Here's a few Psalms that comforted people during times of tragedy and sorrow, as well as the story of Queen Esther in exile. You can read from your own Bible (4th-5th Graders) or the Spark Story Bible (3rd Graders):
Queen Esther - Esther 2:5-18, 3:1-6, 8:1-17, Spark 152, Shine 122
Praise God - Psalm 8, Spark 158
The Lord Is My Shepherd - Psalm 23, Spark 160, Shine 128
Psalm 104 - Shine 130
Psalm 121 - Shine 132
*The video below is an artistic version of Psalm 23
You can also use the following activity to do at home together during the week from Building Faith, an Anabaptist resource. This activity reflects on "Repenting and Forgiving." The story of Jonah made the people of God wrestle with their relationship with Assyria - the empire that destroyed the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Can we forgive those who hurt us? Can we repent of our times of stubbornness and hate?
Pray - Consider reciting a version of the LORD's Prayer on page 278 in Spark. There's also a contemporary version down below from New Zealand.
Serve - As we collect Thanksgiving Food Baskets for DenUM, here's one last video about the Food For All project.
Explore - Watch another video below from our Jewish friends about the Psalms.
Jan.-March Young Voices for Peace
March 5 1:30pm YVP Concert at FMC
March 10-12 Annual Winter Retreat at RMMC - contact Rachel B. for details. Registration concludes Feb. 26
May 21 Peace School Finale and potluck picnic