Bread of Life Cafe




Scripture:      Luke 24:1-12


Memory Verse: 

                                                “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved ” Romans 10:9




v    Jesus was raised from the dead to give us new life.

v    Jesus wants us to teach others about God.

v    Jesus promises to help us teach others about God.




1.     The students will hear and retell the resurrection story.

2.     Students will use cooking to relate to the experience that the women had when they discovered Jesus’ empty tomb.

3.     The students will learn how the hymns of the church reflect our varied experiences of Jesus’ passion and resurrection.




Welcome and Introductions:

1.     Greet the children and introduce yourself.  Wear your nametag. Make sure the children are wearing nametags. If not, ask the shepherd to supply a temporary nametag. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.


2.     The purpose of this workshop is to experience the empty tomb, just as the women did. 



Scripture/Bible Story:

v    Ask the children to find Luke 24 in their Bibles.   

v    Read Luke 24:1-12, the focus of this rotational unit. 

v    Optionally, allow the older children to read a verse at a time.




1)     After reading the Scripture, ask the children to describe how the women would have felt, after watching Jesus’ crucifixion.  The children might wish to describe how they felt by relating to a sad moment in their lives.

2)     Have the children march solemnly from the Good News room to the kitchen.

3)     Give each child a piece of dough, one small marshmallow, and an area to prepare their roll.  Tell them that the marshmallow is symbolic of Jesus’ body, and the crescent dough is symbolic of the tomb.

4)     Demonstrate for the children how to roll the marshmallow into the dough (see instructions below for detailed cooking instructions).  Allow them to wrap their own marshmallow, and then have them place the dough on a cookie sheet.  Place the cookie sheet(s) in the oven.

5)     While the rolls are baking, ask the children to describe how they think the women felt when they found the empty tomb.  Luke tells us that they were confused and terrified.  Mark says they were alarmed, amazed and terrified.  John tells us that they were concerned that the body had been taken.  Tell the children that Jesus disciples experienced a varied range of emotions on the morning of the resurrection.  Help the children relate to and express these emotions by singing three Lent and Easter hymns from our Presbyterian Hymnal:

Sorrow:           101, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Praise:             123, Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Joy,                  464, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Ask the children to find each hymn in the hymnbook and sing the first verse of each along with the tape recording.  After each hymn, ask the children to identify the emotion expressed in the hymn.  How do we know?  Draw the children’s attention to clues like the tempo of the songs and the words.

6)     Remove the rolls from the oven, and allow them to cool for one minute.  Distribute the rolls to the children, an ask them to find that creamy marshmallow!   Where did it go?  Are they surprised?

7)     While the children are eating their rolls, switch focus to “spreading the word”.  What did the women do once they realized that Jesus had been resurrected?  They had to go tell the disciples!  The spreading of the Good News, of Christianity itself, began that morning with the women and the empty tomb.  Jesus was with the women to help them understand what had happened, and to inspire them to spread the word.  Jesus empowers us today to spread the Good News.  Have the children describe all of the ways in which they spread the news about Jesus.  If they have trouble, focus on the events of Easter week.

8)     Clean up.

9)     Instruct the children to bow in prayer.  Thank God for raising Jesus so that we may have new life.  Ask Him for help in spreading the Good News, so that all may know His love for us.



Reflection Time:

At 10:35 a.m., ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/markers.


Ask the children to write down ideas on how they can spread the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection in their every day lives.  Have younger children draw a picture of how the women felt after they learned that Jesus was alive.



Teacher preparation in advance:


1.     Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study, Sunday, April 7 at 9:45 AM in Tom Spence' office.  It will be very important for you to attend this study. Please RSVP to the church office 467-4944.

2.     Obtain the materials for the crescent rolls (see below).

3.     Obtain a tape recording of one verse each of the following hymns:

Sorrow:           101, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Praise:             123, Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Joy,                  464, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

4.     Obtain copies of the Presbyterian Hymnal to store in the Good News workshop for the duration of this rotation.

5.     Prepare a prayer for the end of class that ties in the lesson concepts.  Example above.

Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located. The bin with supplies is located in the far left cabinet of the puppet room.   The key to this cabinet hangs behind the banner outside in the hall outside Holywood.


Supply List


v    Cooking ingredients

v    Ungreased cookie sheets

v    Spatula and oven mitts

v    Oven for baking

v    Tape recording of hymns

v    Tape player

v    Hymnals


Cooking Instructions



·       Crescent dough – 1 serving per child (e.g. Pillsbury Crescent Dough)

·       SMALL marshmallows – 1 per child



·        Place the marshmallow at the wide base of the triangularly cut dough.

·        Fold up the corners at the base of the dough around the marshmallow, and then loosely roll the dough until the marshmallow is “sealed” inside.

·       Place the roll on an ungreased, non-stick cookie sheet

·       Bake the rolls at 375 degrees for 11-13 minutes.



  If a large marshmallow, or more than one small marshmallow, is used then the marshmallow will likely ooze out the side of the roll during baking.  This doesn’t leave the desired effect of having the marshmallow ‘disappear’.