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Children’s Participation in Worship Stories

April 13, 2022 | Sossi Essajanian

During the weeks of Lent the children listened to stories about the life of Jesus. After hearing each story, children have the opportunity to reflect. During this process they draw their prayers where they represent the story they heard or process their ideas or feelings.

During these days of Holy Week, the children have the opportunity to bring the story to life.

First, the Preschool participated in a live Palm Celebration marking Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Next the Trees Class told the worship story of the Foot Washing and the Last Supper. On the feast of the Passover, Jesus washed each of their feet. Afterwards, they sat down together and Jesus broke the bread and blessed the wine, saying ‘do this in remembrance of Me.’

Then it was the Rivers Class’ turn to tell the story of the Prayer in the Garden. Jesus’ disciples cannot stay awake while he goes and prays. After praying and returning three times, he is betrayed and arrested.

Finally some Trees Class children helped tell the story of the Way of the Cross. Guards stand in front of Jesus’ tomb. An earthquake knocks them down! An angel came to push away the stone and tells the woman to go and tell the disciples that Jesus is alive…

Sossi Essajanian

Teacher, Sky Class

Sossi Essajanian is excited to continue her teaching and learning journey at the Mustard Seed School. She began teaching at the United Nations International School where she worked with children and colleagues from around the world. This inspired her to take a primary teaching position abroad in Nicosia, Cyprus, where she lived and worked for two years.

Ms. Essajanian has a passion for supporting children’s social/emotional skills and learning through a loving and caring classroom community. These are built on creating shared understandings and opportunities for children to identify and express their feelings and of those around them. She believes in creating experiences through pair and group work where learning blossoms through social experiences.

Ms. Essajanian also enjoys reading and talking about books and continues to pursue her second passion: editing. She’s worked in various editorial capacities in newspapers, magazines, and books. She was recently excited to serve as the development editor of a children’s book about engineering and is looking forward to leading some tinkering investigations of her own with her students!

In her free time Ms. Essajanian runs, swims laps, and likes to take long walks to explore the world around her.

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