This Month - April

 

APRIL 2018 IDEAS


April: After the Resurrection

Lead children to read about what happens in the Bible after Easter Sunday. Direct them to read more about the numerous times Jesus appeared to His disciples after His Resurrection. Some of these passages will be familiar—such as the Great Commission, Saul’s conversion, Thomas’s hands-on meeting, a miraculous fish feast, Peter’s instruction to feed his sheep and even Acts 1:8—but children may not realize that the context of these stories is an encounter with the resurrected Jesus. Choose some or all of these passages to read and discuss together.

Mark 16:12-13 — This is Mark’s shortened version of what happened on the road to Emmaus.

Matthew 28:16-20 — In this appearance, Jesus speaks the Great Commission to His disciples.

Luke 24:36-52 — In this appearance, Jesus confirms what the disciples on the Emmaus Road witnessed when He appears to them all during their report of those events. Jesus shows them that He is not a ghost but a body and bones with wounded hands and feet. He even eats! Jesus explains that He will go up into heaven, and He does.

John 20:19-29 — In this appearance, Jesus confirms what the woman at the tomb witnessed. He appears first to the disciples behind locked doors, and then Thomas puts his fingers where the nails and sword pierced His body.

John 21:1-14 — In this appearance, Jesus gives direction to the disciples fishing from the boat. They have a miraculous catch and enjoy a campfire meal together.

John 21:15-25 — As part of the campfire meal, Jesus has a special conversation with Simon Peter. Jesus asks him to demonstrate his love by taking care and feeding Jesus’ followers.

Acts 1:1-11 — This is Jesus’ final earthly moment with His disciples. He gives them further instruction to witness to others from Jerusalem into the ends of the earth. Then Jesus is taken up into heaven.

Acts 9:1-9 — In this final appearance, Jesus reveals Himself to Saul — a persecutor of the church who would be transformed by this experience into a missionary for God’s kingdom.


April: Surprise Box Pattern

Please refer to p. 33 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 issue of GA Leader and RA Leader and p. 22 of the Mar • Apr • May 2018 issue of Children in Action Leader.

To make the boxes described in “Surprise Boxes,” print this pattern on card stock — one per child. Cut out, fold and tape together. 


April: "O, Divna Ljubav"

Please refer to p. 41 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 issue of GA Leader and p. 27 in the Mar • Apr • May • 2018 issue of Children in Action Leader.

Before you teach Week Four, watch this video of a Croatian children’s group singing “O, Divna Ljubav”:

youtube.com/watch?v=cAJMrQYXrNk. You’ll catch on quickly to the tune and the motions!

 

To learn pronunciation for Croatian consonants and vowels, please view the guidelines below.

Croatian is largely phonetic, so once you learn one of the sounds, it’s almost always the same in every instance. 

The consonants are standard generally.

C is a big exception. It makes a ts sound, as in Ceasar. There are also two other Cs, see below.

J is also an exception. It serves as a Y consonant, never as a vowel. So in Croatia, Yugoslavia is spelled Jugoslavija.

There’s also lj and nj, which are considered individual consonants in the alphabet. They form a sound like lyh and nyh. There really nothing like it in the English language.

Vowels:

A  — ahh like in wall

E — ehh  like in Eric

I — ee like in easy

O — ohh like in open

U — oo like in you

Special cases:

Č — This is the hard ch (It may be hard for a person who doesn’t speak the language to detect a difference between the hard and soft ch sounds. The hard ch is longer, and the soft ch is shorter)

Ć — This is the soft ch      

Đ — Like a J, or the G in Georgia

Š — This is sh as in ship

Ž — This one makes a zzuh sound; it's almost like the sh, but with a sound instead


April: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page for additional activities to enhance Children in Action meetings in April!


April: Family Missions Focus

Download and use this resource to reinforce what your groups are learning every month in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors and Children in Action. Family Missions Focus includes a feature for you to type notes to parents on the left-hand side of the page! Print the page for parents or email them monthly as a way to encourage their support


April: Missions Photo

Eric and Julie Maroney serve as missionaries in Croatia. They work to share Jesus' love with their Croatian friends and neighbors

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