I promised to follow up with posts about priesthood so here is a start. I can’t even begin to detail the notes I have on my “notes” AP on my I phone! Instead, I decided to focus on teaching children, which always challenges me to keep it simple! So I’m going to share tidbits from my “Children’s Prayer Workshop”…to be offered at a Birmingham Messianic synagogue during the feast of tabernacles…hereafter to be known as “Tabs”.
I have done puppet ministry in the past but it gets very difficult to lug puppets, keep them from moisture and set up a stage…as this year, i have no helpers.
So OF COURSE..only two weeks away from Sukkot I decide to record videos of the teachings which requires me to learn how to use IMovie and upload all these skits up to YouTube.I’m always stretched in some way during Sukkot because I often volunteer to work with kids. so this time is no exception.
Because of my tendency to bulldoze ahead and neglect the opportunity to allow interaction and participation, i often try to think of a theme that will involve them. So i decided to have a Sukkah House Press Briefing every morning, so that we would be reporters waiting for what Yeshua would say to us at the beginning of the day and we would know what was on His mind! They are all to be investigative reporters and follow up with each session with assignments to interview people at Sukkot with questions relating to the next session. I’ll provide “press badges” and notebooks and pens for their assignments. Each morning when they come in, i’ll give them a chance to come to the microphone to “brief” everyone about their findings. (kids love to get on the microphone).
My plan to teach them about prayer is because i think that this one connector is the connector that will draw children closer to experiencing God for themselves. My plan was to have Bible characters (real people!) talk about their story and exemplify some aspect of prayer. Since my degree was communication, I was taught about the 5 w’s and the 1 “h”; what. when, where, who, why, and how. Each Biblical person will give an answer to one of those questions.
Trying to decide which person to use has been a challenge plus i have an introductory skit that fits into Sukkot, so that is 7 videos. In the introductory skit, I made a connection between what Yeshua said about His house being a “house of prayer for all nations” to the feast of Sukkot that is connected to the nations. https://youtu.be/uaH0Cxq0Obc
The others are, in order: What (is prayer) -Abraham-It is talking AND listening to God. Where do we pray-Jonah-From the belly of a whale! (because no matter what we have done, if we cry out to God, He hears us!) When-Daniel-Pray even if it’s dangerous to pray! Pray at all times! Why-David-to find God’s heart and how music helped him pray. Who-Esther-because she was orphaned and not in control of her circumstances, but God was in control. How-Yeshua-Ask, Seek, Knock..Don’t give up!
I feel like all of these characters show some aspect of the priesthood as well. If i only focus on the priesthood itself, I may lose their interest.
I wish you all a blessed TABS and both the early rain and the latter! IN Yeshua’s name! Amen.