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Getting to Know Jesus with Our 5th & 6th Graders

Have you ever asked yourself, “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?”

Ask any one of the kids from VERTICAL (GFC’s 5th and 6th grade ministry) about Easter, and I guarantee they will retell the story better than most adults! They will get all the facts right.

But Easter is more than a story.

Over the past several weeks, we’ve tried to emphasize how the thread of God’s love and eternal plan involves each and every one of us. Easter should be a very personally felt holiday for us. In fact, if you’re a Christian, it’s the most special holiday of all!

How do we talk about Easter with our kids and tweens in a way that encourages them to grow in their faith? We have to make it more than a just a story that we know and have heard. Let’s really talk about Jesus! Who was He? He was 100% man and 100% God, at the same time! God gives us a wonderful glimpse of who Jesus was at only 12 years old, the same age as our tweens. He had a family; He studied and learned; He had friends; and He was all about His Father’s business. He had good days and bad days. He felt sorrow and pain. He felt happiness and joy. When we remember Jesus in this way it makes what happened on Good Friday that much more amazing, and we can relate to Him personally that much more.

Anyone can know the details of a story they have heard, but what I encourage us to focus on this Easter is getting to know the person the story is about. We’ve tried to encourage the kids in VERTICAL to make it personal, to make it their own. It is personal. The next time you’re around one of the 5th or 6th graders, ask them about Easter, and see how they respond! Better yet, ask them about Jesus. Their responses just might surprise you!


Stacie Oligny, 5th & 6th Grade Ministry Director

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