April 20, 2014
John 20:1-18
1 Corinthians 15:19-26

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Children's Sermon for Maundy Thursday
Do It to Be It | John 13:1-17, 31b-35
First Thoughts: I recall attending a prayer meeting in the home of a kindly elder several years ago. I was going through a very difficult time in my life and honestly didn't feel much like talking to God. So I kept my eyes open when everyone else closed their eyes in meditation. I noticed a sculpture in the middle of the coffee table depicting a man kneeling on the ground, hands reaching up. I thought: "That's exactly how I feel -- defeated, vulnerable, desperate, hands raised in supplication that someone will show mercy."... click here for the rest of the sermon (including the "Teaching as a Team option and the activity)

Additional material for Maundy Thursday

Humble yourself — Children's Sermon based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35
A special meal — Children's Sermon based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
A new rule — Children's Sermon based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Remember me — Children's Sermon based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Washing of feet — Children's Sermon based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Passing the story on — Children's Sermon based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Serving others — Children's Sermon based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Serving others — Children's Activity based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Remembrance of me — based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Feet — Children's sermon based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Feet — Children's Activity based on John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Children's Sermon for Good Friday
The Hardest Day | John 18:1--19:42
First Thoughts: This is the most difficult observance in the liturgical life of the church, and the reason we've been preparing for the past six weeks of Lent. It's time for us now to push past our fear and discomfort and do what most of the disciples couldn't do -- walk with Jesus to the cross.... click here for the rest of the sermon (including the "Teaching as a Team option and the activity)

Additional material for Good Friday

Don't let go! — Children's Sermon based on Hebrews 10:16-25
He really is the king — Children's Sermon based on John 18:1-19:42
Doing good — Children's Sermon based on Hebrews 10:16-25
Jesus crucified — Children's Sermon based on John 18:1-19:42
Good deeds — Children's Sermon based on Hebrews 10:16-25
A different kind of king — Children's Sermon based on John 18:1 - 19:42
Good friends — Children's Sermon based on Hebrews 10:16-25
Good for us — Children's Sermon based on John 18:1--19:42
Good for us — Children's Activity based on John 18:1--19:42
Not alone — Children's sermon based on Hebrews 10:16-25
Just deserts — Children's sermon based on John 18:1--19:42
Just deserts — Children's activity based on John 18:1--19:42

Children's Sermon for Easter
The Rest of the Story | John 20:1-18
First Thoughts: I want to focus the children's attention this Sunday on the importance of paying attention to God's movement -- particularly in the Easter story. The disciples were so overwhelmed by the horror of what they saw on Good Friday that they had a hard time even recognizing Jesus when he arrived. As Christians, we pass through some difficult times, but we must resist the temptation of giving totally in to despair. We must stay engaged and continue to watch for what God will do next.... click here for the rest of the sermon (including the "Teaching as a Team option and the activity)

Additional material for Easter

Raised with Christ — Children's Sermon based on Colossians 3:1-4
An empty tomb — Children's Sermon based on John 20:1-18
An empty tomb — Children's Activity based on John 20:1-18
Think about Jesus — Children's Sermon based on Colossians 3:1-4
Seeing Jesus — Children's Sermon based on John 20:1-18
Seeing Jesus — Children's Activity based on John 20:1-18
Sweet good news — Children's Sermon based on Colossians 3:1-4
Happy face — Children's Sermon based on John 20:1-18
Happy face — Children's Activity based on John 20:1-18
Sky-gazing — Children's Sermon based on Colossians 3:1-4
Turned up-side down — Children's Sermon based on John 20:1-18
Sad/Happy — Children's Activity based on John 20:1-18
The Lord is risen indeed — Children's Sermon based on John 20:1-18
The Lord is risen indeed — Children's Activity based on John 20:1-18
Future goals — Children's Sermon based on Colossians 3:1-4
Hallelujah! — Children's Sermon based on John 20:1-18
Hallelujah! — Children's Activity based on John 20:1-18
Consider the lilies — Children's sermon based on Colossians 3:1-4
Arise! — Children's sermon based on John 20:1-18
Arise! — Children's activity based on John 20:1-18

Anna Shirey
Anna Shirey has brought her experience and imagination to what can sometimes be a challenging part of worship. Anna is an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Reverend Shirey earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economics from Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia, and earned her Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. Pastor Shirey has served congregations in Odessa, Missouri and Wellsville, New York. She has been involved in Crop Walk, Habitat for Humanity, Amnesty International, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. Among her interests -- aside from writing -- are reading, running and yoga, working with children -- her own and those in the church. Anna and her husband Clint Coffey, also a pastor, are the parents of Shirey and Raiden.