By Sue Regner
Have you ever wondered what was going on in Jerusalem while Jesus was walking among the people? This year we will travel through Jerusalem in the Holy Land Adventure. We will get to imagine what it was like to live and work in that bustling city at the time of Jesus.
You will hear the chatter about a puzzling prophet as you talk with shopkeepers. You will imagine working with people who had met Jesus, heard His teachings, or witnessed an actual miracle. Perhaps you will even be in the carpenter’s shop as he created a cruel cross for Jesus’ crucifixion.
Jerusalem Marketplace immerses learners in Bible time culture, helping kids and adults explore what it might have been like to live in the time of Jesus. Families will experience new traditions, taste new foods, try new arts and crafts projects … and discover that Jesus chose the cross because of His unfailing love for each of us.
At the Jerusalem marketplace, everyone gathers for a brief time of worship at the Gathering before joining their Tribes for small group interaction. During Tribe Time, tribal families will explore traditional Jewish customs that were part of everyday life in Jesus’ day.
Then Tribes are off to learn at Synagogue School or perhaps discover what Bible time kids did for fun at the Village Playground. And Tribes will have plenty of time to explore the Marketplace, where they might become apprentices in carpentry or jewelry making.
Families might even encounter a tax collector or Roman soldier in the Marketplace! Each day a “real” drama will take place at the well. Tribes will drop what they’re doing and hurry to see and hear the excitement.
Shopkeepers will chat about the latest news about Jesus, helping people discover that all the stories they’ve heard about Jesus really happened. The day at the Jerusalem Marketplace wraps up with Tribe time, where kids and adults connect their experiences in “Jerusalem” to their everyday lives.
You will have the chance to discuss how Jesus is part of life today, just as He was part of everyday life in Bible times.
Holy Land Adventure: Jerusalem will take place July 26-30, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Dinner will be offered Monday through Thursday evening. Look for more information about registration soon!
Join us Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 pm in the lower level kitchen area to find out how you can be part of the exciting team. Tribe leaders, shopkeepers, decorators, set up, take down, snack coordinator, costume coordinator, are just a few of the ways you can serve. Please contact Sue Regner (734-260-4863) or Janette Haak, our children’s ministry director, to make this awesome event happen.