M&Ms and Jesus (email 4/12/2012)


Sharing Jesus with our kids can be done in many different ways. Some times the best way is using everyday things to connect to Jesus. Take M&Ms for example…

M&Ms are great for this one—with a little creativity you can tell the story of Easter and Jesus using a bag of M&Ms. Try this idea out today – AND let this be an example and motivator to come up with your own ideas for using everyday things to teach your children about Jesus.

Download the poem “Easter’s Sweet Story” by Joel Dietrich here.

Easter’s Sweet Story

— by Dr. Joel Dietrich

These candies tell a story, the best you will hear
About Jesus – His death so we could draw near

Notice the colors all 6 in our story
Telling of Jesus – His death, life and glory

The letter is more than what you might see
Turn it over to see an M, W, 3 and ELet’s start with brown the color of the cross
To which Jesus was nailed – where his life was lostThe red for His blood shed on Calvary
For your sins and mine that we might be freeThe M stands for Messiah who died in our place
Forgiving our sins through the gift of God’s Grace

The 3 counts the days Jesus spent in the grave
Refusing to stay, He rises to save

The E stands for Easter and God’s Eternal Plan
God brought us salvation by the death of one Man.

The Yellow and Orange tell of Easter’s sunrise
New life and it’s freedom replacing the cries

Green shows new life as clearly as Spring
That comes with the promise of the resurrected King

Blue is for Baptism’s claim of new life
Conquering sin with all of its strife

The W is for Worship and worthy is He
Of praise, adoration, submission, and glee

Finish the story with the candy’s sweet taste
Feeling God’s love and holy embrace

Web Links and Other Ideas

Teach like Jesus taught – from kid’s ministry ideas

Christian Object Lessons – from creative Bible Study.com

Erika Dawson – Christian Blogger with ideas for Families

Digital Kids Initiative –
All things dealing with raising kids who are digital natives. Ideas, stats, articles, sharing and more.

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  Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich


Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

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M&Ms and Jesus


A great way to pass the faith on to your children is to tell the story of Jesus using everyday items.  Here is a poem written to teach the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection using a bag of M&Ms.  Give it a try today –

Also please post any ideas you’ve heard of or tried at home that use everyday objects to teach a lesson.  We could all use some ideas for bringing God into our everyday lives.

M&M poem  Click here to download PDF of poem

Leave a Comment – Share Your Thoughts

Resurrection Eggs (email 3/22/2012)


Resurrection Eggs are a wonderful way to teach your children the story of the last week of Jesus’ life. Fill each egg with something to represent various parts of the story from Palm Sunday through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

How you use the eggs is up to you and your family. You can hide them and do a traditional Easter egg hunt. You can open one every day for the 12 days leading up to Easter. You can create the eggs together and talk about each element as it connects to the story.

You can download a PDF of these ideas here.

Resurrection Eggs are plastic Easter Eggs filled with simple everyday items that help tell the story of Jesus from Palm Sunday through His death and Resurrection. You can use as many eggs or as few eggs as you like, depending on the depth and breadth of the story you plan to tell.

Each egg contains a simple object and a scripture verse that helps tell the story.
Families can number the eggs, then hide them like a traditional Easter Egg hunt. You can open one egg per day as you work your way through Lent. You can open all the eggs and help your children put them in order. Use your imagination and be creative…there’s no limit to how many eggs, what’s in the eggs, or how you use the eggs!

1 – Perfume sample or cotton ball with perfume on it. – Mary anoints Jesus’ feet. (John 12:3)
2 – Palm branch/leaf or a blade of grass. – Jesus’ triumphant entry. (Matthew 21:8)
3 – Bread – Last Supper and institution of Holy Communion. (Matthew 26:26)
4 – Praying Hands – Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane – (Mark 14:32)
5 – 3 Dimes – 30 pieces of silver that Jesus was sold for. (Matthew 26:14-15)
6 – Rope or string – Used to bind Jesus (Matthew 27:2)
7 – Soap – Pilate washed his hands of the matter. (Matthew 27:24)
8 – Rooster or feather – Jesus predicts that Peter will deny Him 3 times. (Matthew 26:33)
9 – Thorn – Jesus is forced to wear a crown of thorns. (John 19:2)
10 – Purple or scarlet cloth – Robe put on Jesus. (Matthew 27:28)
11 – Toothpick or twig cross – Jesus is forced to carry His own cross. (John 19:17)
12 – Dice – Soldiers cast lots for Jesus clothes. (John 19:24)
13 – Sponge with Vinegar – What Jesus was given to drink. (Matthew 27:34)
14 – Spear, or needle – Jesus was pierced in the side to confirm death. (John 19:33-34)
15 – Cloves/spices – Spices that the women were bringing to anoint Jesus body on Sunday. (Mark 16:1)
16 – Rock – A large stone was placed in front of the tomb. (John 20:1)
17 – Empty Egg – the tomb was empty! (Matthew 28:5-6)
18 – Linen fabric – Used to wrap Jesus body – was left in the tomb after Jesus rose again. (John 20:63-7)
19 – Nail – Thomas doubts and wants to see the nail marks in Jesus’ hands. (John 20:25-29)
20 – Fish – Jesus eats fish with disciples on Road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:41-43)
21 – Cotton Ball – Jesus ascended into heaven in the clouds, and will return in the same way. (Acts 1:11)

Web Links for Further Training and Connections


FamilyLife®
– Creator of Resurrection Eggs®

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Families in Faith is a Free email resource.  We will send an email every week offering tips, suggestions, training, and encouragement to parents as they work to pass the faith on to their children.

Please share this email with others.  You can also encourage others to sign up for Families in Faith online by having them text the word “families” to 22828 or go to www.familiesinfaith.org 

  Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich
Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

©2012, all rights reserved

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