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"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NIV).
The book of Esther tells the story of how God protected and cared for the Jewish people during the reign of King
Xerxes. Around 485 B.C., Esther, a young Jewish girl, rose to prominence to become Queen of Persia. Aided by her cousin Mordecai, God used them to foil a plot conceived by Haman, an evil man who intended to destroy the Jewish people. Ultimately, if Haman had been successful, our Messiah,
Jesus, would not have been born, nor would he have died and rose again to rescue his children for eternity! The book of Esther reminds us that God works providentially in our lives using natural circumstances to accomplish his plan.
The feast of Purim celebrates God's rescue of Esther and the Jewish people. Purim occurs during the Hebrew civil calendar month of Adar, during our February or March*. Traditionally, children will dress up and act out the story of Esther. When Haman's name is mentioned the children rattle noise makers, known as Groggers, to drown out the sound of his name. Hamantashen pastries are also a special treat served during Purim.
Sample Scene One: Lights, Camera, Action Bible Skits based on the book of Esther.
*Purim 2019 will begin in the evening of Wednesday, March 20 and ends in the evening of Thursday, March 21.
The pictures tell the Easter story. Children color and cut their own set of twelve eggs. Use them to hold your eggs, place the individual pictures inside 12 plastic eggs, or
place the pictures in one large egg! Download as many sets as you need for single-classroom or home use.
Learn more about our Easter Eggs activity.
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