"Then I, John, say the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.... And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." (Revelation 21:2, 22:1-2)

The Lord showed His disciple John a beautiful tree of life in the Holy City, New Jerusalem. This tree had leaves for the healing of nations and twelve different fruits. And it was on either side of a crystal river flowing from the throne of God. What is the meaning of these visions? The tree of life pictures the Lord’s Divine love, which gives us life and is the source of all happiness. The crystal river pictures the truths He gives to all who thirst for them. The setting is the Holy City, which symbolizes a New Church—a new Christianity—that the Lord is establishing in heaven and on earth.

We hope that these projects, family activities, and worship suggestions will help you and your family celebrate the birth of the New Church.

Highlights for this topic include

The True Water of Life, a sermon by the Rev. Grant Odhner
What is this water of life that is the promise and reality of the New Jerusalem? It is truth flowing from the Lord. These truths help us learn about the Lord and how to respond to Him as never before. The promise is that these truths can become living with us.

The Book of Revelation, a family talk by the Rev. Frederick Schnarr

 Sunday School Lesson on the Tree of Life (PDF)
Teaching suggestions and a tree of life project idea for ages 6-9.

 Teen Prayer on Spiritual Life (PDF)
 Children's Prayer on the Tree of Life (PDF)

 Water of Life Drawing by Leon Rhodes (PDF)
A beautiful drawing of the crystal river from the throne of God.

 Reflect on Abundance - A Journal Page (for teens and up) (PDF)
The Lord wants to give you life more abundantly. What does this mean?

 Make the Tree of Life with Play Dough (PDF)
Use playdough and beads or buttons to make this special tree.

 First and the Last, audio file of a song by Karen Childs Elder (MP3)
 Song lyrics and chords (PDF)

 An Overview of Projects and Activities for Families (PDF)