We are so excited about celebrating the Passover at our Ancient History Workshop on November 8! This Biblical holiday is rich in meaning for every Christian. The Passover is a re-telling of the time when God used Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, where they had been slaves for hundreds of years. God miraculously caused ten plagues in order to get the Egyptians to release the Israelites, and the last plague was the death of every firstborn. Before that tenth and last plague, God told His people to sacrifice a lamb and to put its blood on the doorposts of their homes; if they did this, their home would be passed over and their firstborn would live. “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt” (Exodus 12:12-13).
This event and the holiday celebrating it is a shadow of the true Lamb of God: JESUS is our Passover Lamb. He would later be crucified on the Passover holiday. It is His blood that saves us from our sin, and gives us new life — now and in Heaven. “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
Children (and adults) will come in (Biblical-day) costume. (Communicate with your teachers about this – Mrs. Harrington has generously offered to help with many of them!) We’ll gather in the Chapel for pledges, prayer, and presentations. Then we’ll enjoy some hands-on learning centers. After the learning centers, we’ll experience a Seder meal, using a Messianic “Haggadah,” which is a script that tells the story of the original Passover and the beautiful story of redemption through our Passover Lamb, Jesus. After this we’ll eat a low-prep meal together – (Subway) subs, chips, drinks, dessert. We’ll order the subs ahead of time, which will cost $5 + tax per foot-long (or $2 per 4” sandwich). We’ll ask parents to sign up to bring chips, drinks, or a dessert.
We are excited about celebrating this Biblical holiday! Here is a synopsis of our plan, with a sign-up sheet. Parents, you are very welcome to come! Even if you can’t, you could still volunteer to help in some way. There is still lots of space for people to volunteer, to help run a center and/or to bring items for the Seder meal. Feel free to volunteer to help run a center with someone else (even if others have already signed up). The more the merrier! Please let Jen Elliott know if you’d like to volunteer for something (JenniferRoseElliott@yahoo.com). Homeschoolers, please let us know if your child would like to present something to an audience during “presentations.”
Ancient History Workshop: Passover with Seder Meal
“Creation”: Mrs. Hayes’s class
“Noah’s Ark” Song: Miss Souza’s class
“The Perfect Ten” Song: Mrs. Elliott’s class
Learning Centers (9:30):
Make candles – Leslie Fassnacht and Christine Hensley
Make centerpieces – Danielle Chauvette
Make covers for Haggadah (the text for the Seder meal) –
Lambs (craft) – Diane Harrington
Fireplace cooking (unleavened bread) – Jenn Smith and Amber Milo
Significance of Plagues (older students) –
Doorposts and blood (wood, red paint, and Scripture?) – Darlene Ireland (will provide materials) and Corrie Fletcher (will run center)
Bread towels – Shannon Smith and Kristi Carr
Seder Meal (11:00):
Lamb (shank bone) –
Bitter herbs (horseradish?) – Christine Hensley
Unleavened bread (Matzah?) – Christine Hensley
Haroset (apples, nuts, grape juice, cinnamon) – Diane Harrington
Karpas (celery/salt water) –
Grape juice – Christine Hensley
Lunch (12:00): We’ll order subs from Subway ($2/4” sandwich, or $5/foot-long). Please sign up to bring either chips, drinks, or dessert.