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The Jesse Box - Holy Week Story Manual

Bible Stories Come Alive

ISBN13: 9781910371145

Publisher: The Jesse Box Publishers

Extent: 33 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 21x 27 x 0.3 cm

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  • A creative way to make the nativity story come alive for children in the classroom!


    The Holy Week Story Manual contains the scenery, characters and lessons to teach and re-enact the story in the Jesse Box diorama.


    The separate Activity Resource book provides activities and games related to the story for each student to perform.


    There are 7 beautiful stories to choose from and all use the Jesse Box diorama and wooden figures to re-enact and display the story.


    Session 1: The Triumphal entry into Jerusalem

    The Israelites knew the prophecies about the Messiah, that when he came the lame would walk, the blind would see, and he would raise the dead. They had heard about the miracles that Jesus had performed and were anticipating him as the Messiah who would bring them to freedom.


    Session 2: The Crucifixion

    Pilate had Jesus take his cross and paraded him to the place of crucifixion. The Romans used crucifixion to terrorize and dissuade others from committing particular crimes. Crucifixion was usually intended to provide a death that was particularly slow and painful as the victim usually died from asphyxiation.This form of execution was only used when a heinous crime was committed yet Jesus was innocent. 


    Session 3: The Resurrection

    “We hold our common assembly on Sunday because it is the first day of the week, the day on which God put darkness and chaos to flight and created the world, and because on that same day our saviour Jesus Christ rose from the dead.”(St Justin Martyr Cap. 66-67)

  • Paul Barnes

    Paul is married to Sheila they have six children and a lot of Godchildren. For Paul and Sheila passing faith to their children has been their first priority. This can be seen in their children and the warm and welcoming atmosphere of their home, where there is always time for the visitor and a helping hand if needed. The Bible stories that Paul's father told him as a child stay with him to this day and inspired the Jesse Box project. Paul loves hiking and has cycled his bike thousands of miles. His background is in fine art papers and the invitation printing business. Paul has a great eye for detail and communications. He looks after the business side of the Jesse Box.

    Sebastian Kraszkiewicz

    Sebastian is married to Sinead and they have two children, the apples of his eye. He studied history and education in college in his native Poland and came to live in Ireland in 2007. Sebastian and Sinead are involved in the Neo-Catechumenate for years and are a family on mission in the west of Ireland. Sebastian's enthusiasm to live by and spread the Gospel can be contagious and encouraging to all who meet him.

    Beta França

    Beta is married to Eunan and they have one son Tadgh. She’s the artist. She’s incredibly gifted. A qualified architect and graphic designer, she prefers making art using mixed media or recycling objects of all sorts, in a very Brazilian way. She spent her childhood making things from paper and when it comes to the Jesse Box , she says it brought all her skills together.

    Gerry Malone

    Gerry is married to Anne, they have seven children and seven grandchildren. Gerry writes the material for The Jesse Box. He and Anne have been involved in Faith formation and Pastoral evangelisation for the past twenty years. Gerry’s favourite Bible quote are the words of St Paul Philippians 4:11-13 “In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me …..” He lives with his family in the Wicklow Mountains, the garden of Ireland, along the route of St. Kevin’s way. If you’re doing a pilgrimage here be sure to drop in for a cup of tea and a chin wag (Irish for a good chat).

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    The Jesse Box is a wonderful resource for making Scripture come alive for children. Enabling teachers to engage in creative and imaginative play with concrete materials, the Jesse Box provides an affordable means of introducing contemporary methods in religious education to your classroom practice.

    - Anne Hession, Lecturer in Religious Education, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin


    I was so impressed by The Jesse Box. It is ingenious and really child and family friendly.I think that you could use this idea for all kinds of faith formation and pastoral work with children. Adults might enjoy the process too! I am involved in RE in primary schools and I think the schools would love such a resource. I can’t wait to use the Jesse Box in Mary Immaculate College with students who are being formed as teachers. I’ll definitely use this with my own kids.

    - Dr. Patricia Kieran, Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education, Faculty of Education, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick


    The Jesse Box is an attractive resource for children in the home or school. At home the endeavour of constructing the characters through craft work brings a sense of ownership and anticipation for children. The mystery of the characters unfolds in the stories which can be enacted over and over again. Parents and children can explore the stories together in a creative and engaging way. In schools or church settings, the Jesse Box can serve as a valuable resource for telling bible stories to children. Every school (indeed every classroom) would benefit from having the Jesse Box as a resource for Religious Education.

    - Cora O’Farrell, Lecturer in Religious Education, St Patrick’s College, Dublin

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