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Celebrating Easter

Celebrating Easter: God is Our Hope

Bible Story

The Easter Storyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL8R158Ujp4&t=121

The Easter Story – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdn1R90kX9A&t=2s

The Easter Story – https://youtu.be/1J4XEfZIxYA

Discussion Questions

1. If Jesus isn’t dead anymore, then where is He? 

Jesus spent time with His disciples before He rose to heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of God. We’ll talk all about this in next week’s lesson.

 2. Jesus suffered and died on the cross for YOU, so you can be close to God How does that make you feel?

Various answers. Maybe the feeling of appreciation, sad, unworthy, grateful

 3. How can we continue to celebrate what Jesus has done for us throughout the rest of the year?

Answers may vary. At dinner once a week talk about what you are thankful for, write letters to Jesus thanking Him for what we did, or telling other people what He did for all of us.

 Activities

1. Download the He Is Risen coloring page, or the Sermon Notes from Home page. The sermon notes are geared more towards older kids.  Both the coloring page or sermon notes page can be done during the sermon to keep children occupied.  

 2. Have a dance party for Jesus celebrating His resurrection (There are links below for some suggested songs)

 3. Resurrection Easter Eggs: As a family gather, supplies to tell the Easter story. You can find items similar to what’s suggested in this handout. Feel free to get creative!  

 4. Easter Jam 2020: A great video filled with games, and the Easter story told in a creative way. Fun for all ages! Click here to watch.

 5. Make Snow Easter Eggs: If there is snow on the ground, you can have a family competition to see who can make the “Best Decorated” Easter egg. If you are feeling really creative use watered down food coloring.

 6. Flat Jesus Hunt: Print several copies of this page with Jesus, and hang them all over the house. Then play a game of “I Spy” or “Hide and Seek.”  In the last round don’t hide Jesus. Put Jesus away and ask the kids to search for it. When they can’t find it, explain that Jesus is everywhere and not just in one place. 

Worship Songs 

Alive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e01-52V1c_s

One Two Three https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIf9jv4pVTM

Hosanna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5582z642wFY

God’s Not Dead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0KTUAi3uiM

Oh Happy Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRSOLhFqWh0

Blessing

__________(Insert Child’s Name) Jesus died on the Cross for you because He loves you so much!  In John 3:16 it says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”.  More than anything He wants to have a relationship with you now and forever. This Easter may you enjoy your relationship with God, and appreciate all He has done for you.

The Day Before Easter

The Day Before Easter: God is Comfort

Bible Story

There are no Bible verses that talk about what happened with the disciples between the time Jesus was buried on Friday, and when He rose from the dead on Sunday. We do know that the Sabbath, which is the Jewish holy day, began at sundown on Friday night. That meant they had to hurry up and bury Jesus by sundown because they were not allowed to do any work on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was a day to worship God and rest.  

The disciples were probably pretty sad the day after Jesus died. They didn’t understand what He had told them about rising from the dead.  They thought they had lost their friend forever. Maybe they went back to the Temple to worship, maybe they rested, and maybe they even told stories about how much they liked being with Jesus. We don’t know for sure, but we can imagine how they felt.

Discussion Questions

1. How do you think the disciples felt the day after Jesus died?

They probably felt sad, confused, abandoned, angry. Answers will vary. 

 2. What do you think Jesus did for those 3 days? 

Maybe he was hanging out with God. Answers will vary. 

 3. Do you have a hard time waiting for things? 

Answers will vary.

 4. What are some things you can do to make waiting easier?

Answers will vary.

 5. Why do you think God was so quiet on this day?

Answers will vary.

Activities

1. This will be different and maybe a little hard but try your best. Sit quietly with your eyes closed, what do you think God is telling you? (Parents this will be hard and answers may be a little crazy but given time they will learn how to be still before the Lord).

 2. Let’s play Charades! Pick a Bible story you know and try and tell it to your family without using any words. For younger children, pick animals they can act out. Remember God was quiet at this time so you have to be too!

 3. On your own, make your own coloring sheet of how you think this day would have looked.

Worship Song & Video

Peace in Christ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Waitmz6C100

Blessing

__________(Insert Child’s Name) were made for worship and rest.  Like the disciples, you were meant to know the joys of following and being with Jesus Christ; and like the disciples will also have times of sadness and sorrow.  May the God of all comfort comfort you when you are sad, or lonely, or even confused. May the God of all comfort wrap His arms around you and give you peace.

Day 5 – Friday, April 10th

Friday: Jesus Died for Our Sin

Bible Story

Read: Luke 22:54-23:1-56

When Jesus was arrested, His disciples followed Him at a distance. A woman saw Peter and told him that she knew he was one of Jesus’ disciples, but Peter said that he wasn’t three times just as Jesus said he would. Jesus had a trial before the religious leaders and then the government leaders. The government leaders did not think he deserved to die, but the crowds did, so they sent Him back to the religious leaders who decided to kill Jesus.  They put Him on a cross and He died a very painful death in order to pay the penalty for our sin.                                                                                                       

Discussion Questions

1. How do you think Peter felt when he denied Jesus three times?

It was a risk to be connected with a man who claimed to be God. Maybe he was scared they might arrest him next. Maybe he was ashamed he was one of Jesus’ disciples. He probably felt very guilty for not standing up for Jesus.           

2. Did Jesus forgive Peter after he denied Him so many times?

Yes. One of the first things Jesus did after He was resurrected was to forgive Peter for denying Him. Jesus is just as willing to forgive our sins today. 

3. Jesus was hurt really bad! Think of a time when you had broken a bone, scraped your knee, had a hangnail or paper-cut. Jesus had felt so much pain he sweat blood. Why did He go through all of that pain?

Jesus suffered and died so we could become close to God again since sin was separating us. (Remember when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and God couldn’t be close to them anymore because they sinned?   God is too Holy to be so close to sin.) Well, Jesus broke that curse so we could be close with Him again! 

4. If Jesus is also God, and God can do anything, why do you think he let the religious leader hurt and kill Him? Could there have been another way?

Jesus let this happen because He knew this was God’s plan.  This was affirmed in the Garden of Gethsemane, and so He trusted God even though He may 

have been scared.  There was no other way to pay the penalty for our sin because we needed a perfect sacrifice. 

5. This day is called Good Friday. Why do you think it is good?

It is the day our sins were forgiven and we now can have a relationship with God.  

Activities 

1. Use tape to create the shape of a cross on a piece of paper. Have kids color or paint over it anyway they want.  When the kids are finished coloring, remove the tape to reveal the cross.  

2. Draw a cross on a piece of paper. Put a picture of your child or help your child put their picture in the middle of the cross. On the top write, “Jesus died for” and on the bottom write, “But He has risen!” Allow kids to decorate however they like. 

3. Act out the story and have the kids play Peter and then the rooster.    

Worship Songs and Videos 

Were You There – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLJ0IjLAmOAg 

God So Loved – https://youtu.be/XnD5mO-C5bQ

King of Kings – https://youtu.be/Of5IcFWiEpg

Prayer/Blessing

God loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die on a cross for you ___________(insert child’s name). He says that you are His child, worthy of His love and that He has a purpose and plan for your life. “God is able to do far more than we could ever ask or imagine. He does everything by His power that is working in us.” Ephesians 3:20. God’s power lives in you ________________(insert child’s name) and as you trust in God and pursue Him, He will provide all that you need. 

Day 4 – Thursday, April 9th

Thursday: Jesus is God

Bible Story

Read: Mark 14:32-65

After Jesus ate his last meal with his disciples, He went with Peter, James and John to a garden where he took time to be alone and pray to God. Jesus was very sad, knowing that soon He would be arrested and have to die. Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples betrayed Him, had him arrested and taken before Jewish leaders. The Jewish leaders asked Him if He was the Christ which was another way of asking, “Are you God?” He answered “Yes.”  Claiming to be God was such a bad thing in the Jewish religion, the leaders decided to kill Jesus. What the religious leaders didn’t understand was that Jesus answered honestly. Jesus is God.

Discussion Questions

1. What did Jesus tell His disciples when He caught them sleeping even though He asked them to keep watch while He prayed? (v.38)

”…Watch and pray. Then you won’t fall into sin when you are tempted. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

 2. Which disciple betrayed Jesus? Why do you think he would do that?

Judas; answers will vary 

3. Who did Jesus say He was when the Chief Priests, elders and teachers asked him? (v. 62) Do you think that was a good reason to want to kill Jesus?

I am the great I AM; answers will vary. 

Activities

1. Coloring Page (click here to download)  

2. Go somewhere alone and pray to God, just like Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane. Talk to God 

3. What do you think the Garden of Gethsemane looked like? Draw a picture of what you think it might have looked like? Write or tell a story about what you would like to do if you were with Jesus in the Garden. 

Worship Songs 

Who You Say I Am – https://youtu.be/6Ppijn0Tszs     

My Savior My God – https://youtu.be/96P0bwvpbk4 

 Prayer/Blessing

 Jesus is with you always ____________(insert child’s name).  He loves you and cares for you. You do not have to be afraid because Jesus is God and He says, “Do not be afraid. I am with you. Do not be terrified. I am your God. I will make you strong and help you. I will hold you safe in my hands. I always do what is right.” Isaiah 41:10 God has already given you all of the strength you need to be strong and courageous. He created you for a purpose and wants to help you.  ____________ (insert child’s name) Jesus is God and He had you on His heart as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane that night so long ago.   

Day 3 – Wednesday, April 8th

Wednesday: Jesus is our Example

Bible Story

Read: John 13:1-17 

In the last week of Jesus’ life, He wanted to make sure His disciples knew everything they needed to know to carry on His ministry after He died.  He gave them truth to live by, taught them in parables, (like the one we talked about yesterday), and taught them by example. 

After their Last Supper together Jesus gathered around His 12 disciples and washed their feet.  (Feet were considered a very dirty part of the body so only the servants would wash feet. You would never find someone of royalty washing feet). Then Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him. It was Judas.  Judas fled from the room where they were meeting while Jesus and His disciples continued to worship God by singing and taking communion together.  

Watch the video of the Last Supper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SigoALSS1R8

Discussion Questions

1. Who was at the Last Supper? 

Jesus and his 12 disciples

2. What happened at the Last Supper? 

Communion, Jesus washed the disciples feet, and Judas was told he was going to betray Jesus

3. Why did Jesus wash his disciples feet? 

He was giving them an example of how those who follow Him are to serve others.  He also wanted to teach them to treat everyone equally no matter how Important or unimportant they are in the world.

4. Why was it such a big deal that Jesus washed their feet and not another body part?

At this time feet were so dirty. Some people didn’t have shoes or if they did they were sandals. They walked everywhere! Jesus chose to wash their feet to show that He isn’t above doing something a servant would do. It also meant that they should be willing to wash the feet of others in the future.

5. Why do you think Jesus took communion with His disciples that night?

Possible answers could be: 

  • Jesus was giving them an example of a way to remember Him after He died.
  • It was a way to worship God.
  • It made the disciples and Jesus felt closer to each other.
  • It was common for Jews to “break bread” or share a meal together.  Jesus used communion to teach the disciples more about His death and resurrection. 

Activities

1. Coloring Page (click here to download). After it is colored you can cut it and make it into a puzzle.  

2. Complete the Crossword Puzzle (click here to download).

3. Take turns washing each other’s feet. Encourage your family members to pray as they wash someone’s feet. Here is a kid friendly video about Jesus washing His Disciples Feet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv5ajWNrnt4

4. Take communion together as a family. It does not have to be bread or grape juice. You can use what is available in your home. Here is a video on why we take communion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5zqtsiwKDw

Communion walk-thru: 

This is my body which I have given up for you, give thanks and eat this in remembrance of me. (Eat the bread) Give thanks and say, this is my blood, which was poured out as a sacrifice to forgive those who have sinned. (drink the juice) 

*Do not force your child to take communion if they are not ready or understand the meaning behind it. Be sure to examine yourself before taking it for the right reason. 

5. Play “teacher” and take turns teaching another family member something that is important to you. Just like Jesus taught his disciples. 

6. Make dinner together as a family. As you eat together talk about what Jesus and His disciples might have talked about that last evening together.  

Prayer/Blessing 

______________ (Insert your child’s name)  when Jesus was here on Earth, He did some amazing things. He taught others what was important to Him. He told his disciples that he was going to be crucified, but to not lose hope. Jesus was a perfect example of what we aspire to be. No matter what you do or what people call you, you will always be a child of God. May you serve others and be an example to others, just as Jesus served His disciples and was His example to them, and may you love others just as Jesus has loved you.

Day 2 – Tuesday, April 7th

Tuesday: Jesus is Worth Following

Bible Story

Read Luke 15:11-32

In today’s story we see Jesus teaching in parables. This was a way to tell a story that made people have to think about what He meant.  This parable has three characters in it; the father, and an older son and a younger son. The younger son decides he wants to go out and see the world.  He asks his father to give him the money he would get if his father died. He leaves and ends up wasting the money, and soon has nothing to eat or no place to live.  He finally decides to go home to his father. When he does, his father welcomes him back home, and even throws him a big party. The older brother sees this and is very unhappy.  The father tells his older son he is happy that his lost son has been found and it is worth celebrating.  

Discussion Questions

1. Why did the son run away from his dad? 

He felt that he didn’t need his father and he could do it better on his own. He felt that he could have more fun and live a better life if everything was on his terms.

2. Did the son have a good time after he ran away?

He had a really great time in the beginning, he did everything he wanted to do, but his fun didn’t last. 

3. What happened after all his money ran out? 

He became so poor that he had to work and eat with pigs!

4. How did his father treat him when he came back? 

His father welcomed him with open arms and his love for him was unchanged. He even threw him a Welcome Home party!

5. What does this story teach us about our God?

In this parable Jesus was teaching us about God’s love for us.  We are like the son who left home and did things that our Father, God, would not be proud of.  When we return home to God, He is there with open arms welcoming us home. He is happy we are back.  Jesus our God is worth following because even if we turn from Him, think we know what is best for ourselves, or even question why we follow Him in the first place, our God will always be there. Forever unchanged. Wouldn’t you want to choose to follow a God that loves you no matter what? Choosing to follow Jesus will not be easy, but the good news that you are not alone in doing so. 

Activities

1. Coloring Page (click here to download)

2. Out of anything found in your homes, make a scene of Jesus teaching people. It can be made out of but not limited to: Legos, play doh, stuffed animals, a colored picture etc. (almost like playing teacher)

3. Draw, write, or tell how it makes you feel knowing that you can always come back to your God.

4. As a family, have everyone find their favorite worship song.  Worship songs are a fun way to remember our God is worth following. 

Worship Songs/ Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJCV_2H9xD0 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSw7bmqFwP8c 

Prayer/Blessing

___________ (Insert your child’s name) today you learned about a son who thought he knew better than his father.  When he went out on his own, he did not make good choices. You are a child of the most high God. You may leave Him, but He will never leave you. ” I know the plans I have for you,” announces the Lord. “I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come.” Jeremiah 29:11  You worship a God worth following.