Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Share the Good News with a Paper Airplane, Rocket & Cross!

This week I've been posting about praying for our grandchildren, so today I'm very happy to share with you a fun and simple Mystery Bag project which will give you a way to talk with your grandchildren - of any age - about how to get to Heaven. 

You will need -
  • Paper lunch bags - one per child
  • Piece of paper - one per child - unless you want to let them try this project more than once, then give them a couple extra pieces
Give your grandchildren their Mystery Bags and let them open. Ask them to take a piece of paper and fold the top right corner diagonally down to the opposite side leaving a long diagonal fold. Show them how to take the top left corner and fold it diagonally down to the right side making a shape which looks like a house with a pointed roof. Fold in half the long way, then fold each side down to make a flap - you will have a paper airplane.

Say - "Look at my paper airplane! It is the most amazing paper airplane ever! It will fly me to (name a town near you). It will fly me all the way to (name a state on the other side of the country from where you live). It will fly me all the way to (name another country)!"

At this point your grandchildren will be somewhat concerned about your ability to understand what is real and are likely to tell you your paper airplane will NOT fly you to any of those places. And, if your grandchildren are like my grandsons, they will be dubious about whether your paper airplane is actually "amazing" as they may have made much better paper airplanes in their lives.

Look at it and say; "Hmmm. You are right." Show them how to hold your airplane so the "nose" points up. Fold it in half length-wise then make a small tear from the open edge just a bit towards the main fold. Tear down towards the bottom and when you are almost at the bottom, tear a slight angle to the right. Set aside the part you tore and unfold your former airplane - you will have a rocket!

Say; "Look at my paper rocket! It is the most amazing rocket, EVER! It will fly me to the moon! It will fly me to (say your favorite planet - I usually say Saturn)! It will fly me all the way to Heaven!!!"

By now your grandchildren will believe you have lost it - mine did! They are likely to say your paper rocket will NOT fly you to those places and definitely NOT to Heaven.

Look at it and say; "Hmmm. You are right." Then unfold your rocket - if you tore and folded correctly, it will make a cross!

Say; "The only way we are able to get to Heaven is through what Jesus did on the cross. He died on the cross to pay for the sins, the wrong things we have done, so if we choose to believe in Him, He will forgive us for our sins and we will be able to go to Heaven one day."

From here you are able to talk with your grandchildren about making the choice to trust in Jesus. If they have already made this decision, share this with them - they will enjoy it and be able to use it to share the Good News of Jesus with their friends, too! (You will be able to actually see this project at the following link - https://gocrossway.org/paper/)

Share the Good News of Jesus and God's great love with your grandchildren - on purpose. 

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