Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire

Pick up the brochure, Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire, available free at LifeWay Christian Store – San Jose, CA location only, while supplies last, in the Community area.

Also, enjoy shopping at LifeWay Christian Store, Princeton Plaza Mall, 1375 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, CA 95118.

Happy Easter!

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

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Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

I dream I’m here.
I walk over the greenest grass,
And see the bluest sky.
It’s heaven. The streets like golden glass.

And with me and you –
A big smile on every face.
There’s no Sun or Moon
Because God lights up this place.

With lofty slides, swift swings, and bouncy trampolines,
The playground is triple fun
Where the playing keeps on –
I am never done.

Then I get to sit on Jesus’ lap.
He laughs with me.
(The Savior with the scarred hands and feet.)
Then I jump up and run. I feel so happy and free.

I could dream for along time.
Heaven’s there forever –
An eternity.
I would want to leave, never.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions)

I dream I’m here.
(Head on hands together, with head on top as if sleeping.)
I walk over the greenest grass,
And see the bluest sky.
(Walk in place and look around.)
It’s heaven. The streets like golden glass.

And with me and you –
A big smile on every face.
(Smile.)
There’s no Sun or Moon
Because God lights up this place.
(Hand up above head showing “the sun.”)

With lofty slides, swift swings, and bouncy trampolines,
(Jump up and down in place.)
The playground is triple fun
Where the playing keeps on
I am never done.
(Arms held out in front with hands flat.)

Then I get to sit on Jesus’ lap.
He laughs with me.
(Laugh with no noise.)
(The Savior with the scarred hands and feet.)
(Touch each palm and then gesture to feet.)
Then I jump up and run. I feel so happy and free.
(Jump up and down in place.)

I could dream for along time.
Heaven’s there forever
An eternity.
I would want to leave, never.
(One arm way up, with index finger up, as #1 gesture.)

— Charles B. Mayes

Embolden Text – Say more loudly.

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions) © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Illustrations/graphics supplied by GospelGifs.com are copyrighted and used with permission.

Ascension Day is celebrated, in some churches, 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection honoring when He ascended to Heaven.  We know that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again!  [See John 14:1-4 and Acts 1:9-11 – Holy Bible.]

Production Notes:

Children Dream About Heaven: An Ascension Day Reading (with Actions) is written to be used as a Choral Reading, but could also be a Readers’ Theater by dividing up the verses among the children and having them read different parts. It is meant for children in the Elementary grades.

A narrator could do the reading and the children could do the actions only.

Notice that the accented words (in bold) are to go right along with the actions. I put these here not only so that the actions would reflect the text, but also that the director would get away from any sing songy interpretation of the reading (i.e. a strong accent on the end of each line and/or the rhyming words) so the that the attention of the audience would be centered on the actual meaning.

These motions are only suggestions and the director has the freedom to change them. Some motions could be removed especially if the children are younger. The ideal would be to have one person leading the words; and another, sitting close by, leading the motions.

I hope that you will enjoy having your children perform this; or reading the poem itself!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

I appreciate all those who follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you and Happy Ascension Day!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)
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Children Know the Resurrection: An Easter Sunday Reading (with Actions)

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Children Know the Resurrection:
An Easter Sunday Reading (with Actions)

The day was bright and fair,
On the way that Sunday morn,
When the women came,
To visit the tomb of our Lord.

The stone was rolled away.
An angel was outside.
“He is not here, He is risen,” he said,
To their great surprise.

Then back they ran,
In excitement, great,
To tell that Jesus from the grave arose,
“Hurry, we might be late!”

And when the others heard,
The news so very good,
They devoted their lives to Him,
And for Him, always stood.

We also stand for Him,
As He lives in Heaven above,
On this Easter Sunday,
We enjoy salvation and His love.

— Charles B. Mayes

Children Know the Resurrection:
An Easter Sunday Reading (with Actions)

The day was bright and fair,
(Hands in front and then rounded up above head showing “the sun”.)
On the way that Sunday morn,
(Walk in place.)
When the women came,
To visit the tomb of our Lord.

The stone was rolled away.
(Both hands pushing to side.)
An angel was outside.
(Both hands high up, out, and back like angels’ wings.)
“He is not here, He is risen,” he said,
To their great surprise.
(Hands close around face; “surprised look” expression.)

Then back they ran,
(Run in place.)
In excitement, great,
To tell that Jesus from the grave arose,
Hurry, we might be late!”
(Hand motion to hurry up.)

And when the others heard,
(Cup hand over one ear.)
The news so very good,
They devoted their lives to Him,
And for Him, always stood.
(Take one step forward.)

We also stand for Him,
(Take another step forward.)
As He lives in Heaven above,
(One arm way up, with index finger up, as #1 gesture.)
On this Easter Sunday,
We enjoy salvation and His love.

— Charles B. Mayes

Embolden Text – Say more loudly.

Children Know the Resurrection: An Easter Sunday Reading (with Actions) © 2014 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Illustrations/graphics supplied by GospelGifs.com are copyrighted and used with permission.

Production Notes:

Children Know the Resurrection: An Easter Sunday Reading (with Actions) is written to be used as a Choral Reading, but could also be a Readers’ Theater by dividing up the verses among the children and having them read different parts. It is meant for children in the Elementary grades.

A narrator could do the reading and the children could do the actions only.

Notice that the accented words (in bold) are to go right along with the actions. I put these here not only so that the actions would reflect the text, but also that the director would get away from any sing songy interpretation of the reading (i.e. a strong accent on the end of each line and/or the rhyming words) so the that the attention of the audience would be centered on the actual meaning.

These motions are only suggestions and the director has the freedom to change them. Some motions could be removed especially if the children are younger.  The ideal would be to have one person leading the words; and another, sitting close by, leading the motions.

I hope that you will enjoy having your children perform this; or reading the poem itself!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” –        Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

I would love to do Poetry Reading for your group in the San Jose, California area. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you and Happy Easter!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)
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