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Easter Scavenger Hunt for Families

The final weeks’ leading up to Easter is a wonderful time for families to gather around the Bible and consider the life of Christ. After you find each “clue” takes a “selfie” together with the object you found so that by the end, not only do you have fun, faith-filled memories, you have seven new fun pictures to share. 

We want to share in the fun!!! If you post your “selfies” tag us on Facebook (@Gateway Church) or Instagram (@gccnova) and #gccnova!

Clue #1 Birth Luke 2:6-12

This story begins in a different way

The Baby Jesus was sleeping on Hay

He was the Messiah, God’s Only Son

But His journey began as a quiet, humble one

With your family, find a barn or manger and take a “selfie” together beside it. Think about what it meant that Jesus wasn’t born rich or mighty, but as a humble baby, just like us. Talk about why that is important to us as we follow Him.

Clue #2 Baptism – Matthew 3:13-17

As He grew, he gained respect from God and man

And His calling to save us, He began to understand

He declared He came to set the captives free

And was baptized by John to begin that journey.

John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. See if you can find a stream, a pool, a river, anything with water for your family “selfie”. Take some time to think about what happened when Jesus was baptized, how God spoke from heaven and what John said about Him.

Clue #3 Ministry – Matthew 3:18-20

Jesus began to teach all the people

They’d come to hear him, no building or steeple

He’d talk in the mountains and down by the sea

And to those who would listen, He’d say “Come, follow me!”

Jesus went to places where people gathered to talk to them about God’s Love. If Jesus were here today, where do you think he would teach? Take a picture of your family in the place you thought of and write down a little explanation of why you picked that place!

Clue #4 Miracles

Many people came to Jesus in need

Some sick and some lame, some broken indeed

And often Jesus would heal, touch or feed

News of Him spread around Israel with speed

There are many stories of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible. With your family pick your favorite story and read it together. There are several ways to take your “selfie” – you can all point to the Scripture reference and take a pic; you can re-enact the story and take a pic. You can take a video of your family reading or telling the story, or my favorite, video yourselves acting it out!

Clue #5 Last supper – Matthew 26:20-30

But some of the people did not like God’s Son

And started a plan to get rid of the One

So Jesus gathered his friends for a Passover meal

And shared what would happen; it seemed so unreal

During the Last Supper, Jesus explained that he would die and rise again, but the disciples didn’t understand his words. It was here that Jesus first described communion – the bread representing his body and the juice representing his blood. After this, he left and went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before the soldiers came to arrest him. With your family, go find a garden or a patch of flowers. Take your picture together and consider how just a few weeks ago this ground was cold and dead, but today there is hope and new life.   Jesus came that we might have new life and have it for all eternity!

Clue #6 Crucifixion- Matthew 27:32-56*

Betrayed by a friend, Jesus was arrested

He was tried by a court and his death was requested

On that saddest of days, our Savior did die

But within that dark moment, our salvation did lie

When Jesus died on the cross, his disciples and his friends lost all hope. But God had a bigger plan. A beautiful plan that was way bigger than they could see in that moment. We remember the cross as a place of suffering but also as a place of hope for all eternity. With your family find a cross and take your picture and talk about how we can have hope in Jesus.

*Parents, this can be a difficult subject to approach with children. You know your kids best and what is the best way to share this part of the story. While I have included the Scripture reference, use your discernment and discretion when you share.

Clue #7 Resurrection – Luke 24:1-12

Some may think that our story is done.

But they would be wrong! It has only begun!

For after 3 days, Jesus rose from the dead

To give us New Life forever…just as He said!

Our greatest hope comes in knowing that we will get to spend all of eternity with Jesus and with all who follow him! We don’t have to be slaves to sin. Jesus can help us to live with joy and life now. That is what Easter is all about! Take a picture of your family celebrating with GREAT JOY that Jesus is ALIVE!




Kidztown Teacher Feature: Trisha Sallee

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It's time for another Kidztown Teacher Feature!  It seems appropriate to interview Trisha Sallee, since she was given a well-deserved Rhino Award on Sunday.  She graciously answered my questions.

What is your official position with Kidztown?

Member of the Children's Ministry Team overseeing the Babies, Ones, and Twos classes with Terri Focht

I know you've also been a Small Group Leader, since you led the first one I was part of when I first came to Gateway.  What other ways have you and Phil helped out at Gateway?

Phil and I make it a habit to help out wherever help is needed. The more we serve, the more God grows His love in us for people. For us, church and family are synonymous, so we spend as much time with our family as possible. This includes helping to tear down after special services, church office work days, chaperoning youth events, coaching small group leaders (as much as we're able with our crazy family!), finance classes/encouragement, praying for others, and organizing meals for people who need them. This isn't done all at once, though! Right now, we regularly help out in Kidztown, with coaching, and do some financial advising.

How long have you been attending Gateway?

We came to Gateway the week after Easter in 2004, so we're coming up on 11 years. That's the longest we've attended anywhere.

Tell us about a time you were blessed by the kids.

That's a really hard question! For me, working with the kids has a cumulative effect. I think my favorite times have been when some of these kids have grown and are now in middle school or high school, I have the chance to have some conversations with them about how they see life or discuss a hard topic. When you make the time to intentionally get to know the kids, they find they can trust you with these types of things and it makes all of that hard work worth it.

Tell us about a life you've seen touched.

My own life has been touched by our years spent at Gateway. I've seen people continually go out of their way for others, some of whom do not even attend the church. I know families have sacrificed time, money, and budgets to help others in need. For us personally, we had over 40 people help us through six weeks of packing, moving, and unpacking on short notice when our rental was put on the market and I was 8 months pregnant. For my baby shower, all the women packed up my kitchen! On the day of the move, Nathan had literally just finished throwing up for 15 hours straight and I could do nothing but hold him. People refused to postpone that move and just took care of everything including buying lunch. Later, when we moved again, they all showed up again. Now, because of these experiences and more, we live our lives with an open door. Come by anytime for a visit. I promise the house will most likely be messy and lived in and if you want a job, you'll be put to work! Mostly, we'll just enjoy spending time with you, listening to you, and adding you to our growing family.

Thanks, Trisha!  We're so glad to have you a part of the Gateway Family!