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The Rivers Class is Getting Ready …

March 26, 2021 | Nathan Johnson

To Share the Good News!

During the Season of Lent,  Jesus has been on the long road to Jerusalem. 


We have heard the stories in Worship of how more and more people are following Jesus. Even the little children. 

The Rivers Class has been following Him too.

Today was the day he arrived in Jerusalem. It was such a special story… 

And we had a surprise!

Usually, the children watch Ms. Buckley or Mr. Johnson tell the worship story, but today, we watched a movie of the big kids in Kindergarten tell the story! 

Just like the people who lined the streets of Jerusalem to greet Jesus who rode in on a donkey

(and just like the Kindergarteners acting it out on the screen)

the Rivers Class children waved their palm branches  and shouted

“Hosanna! Hosanna!”

which means, “Please save us!” 

Jesus came to save us with his love and his power.

“Hosanna!” Madox exclaimed softly as he drew each palm branch.

“This is the donkey!” says Charlie, “And Jesus riding him.” 

You can click here to watch the Kindergarten tell the story.


Now that we are in Jerusalem, we are getting closer and closer to the Saddest Part of the Story … 


When Jesus has his last meal with his friends …

The Trees Class will tell this part of the story.

When Jesus feels lonely and is arrested …

The Sky Class will tell this part of the story.

And when Jesus is killed.

Ms. Buckley and Mr. Johnson will tell this part of the story.


But this is not the end…


After that comes the Happiest Part of the Story! 

In fact, it’s the happiest part of any story ever told.


And it will be the Rivers Class’s turn to tell the story!!!


And the children are working so hard to get ready.

They have been learning the story…

And practicing …

And waiting…

And preparing …

They can’t wait to share the

Good News

with you!

Nathan Johnson

Early Childhood & Lower School Visual Art Teacher

Nathan Johnson graduated in 2004 from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (focusing on Illustration, Art History, and Puppetry), Theatre, and Elementary Education, followed by further time in Europe studying Art, and in Nova Scotia working with adults with developmental differences.

Happily back at his Alma mater (MSS class of 1995) Nathan has passionately committed his career to preserving the dignity and wonder of childhood. As children are more and more burdened with technology and privilege, he believes that in order for children to learn and grow, they must be given freedom within structure, choices with guidance, allowed to play, struggle, get dirty, and above all, to be taught that they are a beloved child of God.

When not in the classroom, Nathan can be found kayaking, camping, hosting a game night, wandering around New York City, making friends with strangers, and spending time with his 11 nieces and nephews.

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