Scripture: Luke 24 with special emphasis on verses 1-12 - the tomb is empty and Jesus is alive.
Jesus was crucified on the cross on a Friday and his dead body was placed in a tomb cut out of solid rock. Early Sunday morning, some women went to the tomb and found that the heavy stone that covered the entrance to the tomb had been rolled away. Not only was the tomb now open, but Jesus’ body was gone. Two angels appeared and told the women that Jesus had been raised from the dead. They reminded the women that Jesus had foretold this when he was in Galilee. He said the “Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail him to a cross, but three days later, he will rise to life.” Then they remembered. Later, Peter ran to the tomb and he too found it empty. Jesus was alive and his disciples would soon meet him, eat with him and talk with him. He told them: “The scripture say that the Messiah must suffer, then three days later he will rise from death. They also say that all people of every nation must be told in my name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven.”
Key Scripture Verses: Luke 24:6-8 and 46 (Contemporary English Version)
Memory Verse: Romans 10:9 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.
ź Jesus was raised from the dead to give us new life.
ź Jesus is with us always.
ź Jesus helps us understand the Bible.
ź Jesus wants us to teach others about God.
ź Jesus promises to help us teach others about God
1. Students will learn that Jesus’ death resulted in everlasting life and a promise that we can always have Jesus with us to teach us the way. We can live with God forever and enjoy life as a forgiven people. Although other accounts vary, this lesson should be Luke’s story.
2. Students will learn that we celebrate Christ’s victory over death on Easter. Jesus lived his life on earth as a man, suffered obediently to death on the cross and was rewarded by God. He was raised from death and exalted to the highest position as “Christ.”
3. Tell them that they will be decorating eggs as a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection and new life.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Welcome the children and introduce yourself.
2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself. A short prayer thanking God for being a part of our lives would be appropriate. Ask God to help us to be aware of his presence so that we may do good things as Jesus has taught us.
1. Spend a short amount of time on the scripture passage referenced above. Have the children use their Bibles to locate the story. Have them read aloud verses 1-8. Tell them that Jesus’ death was not the end, but the beginning - of our salvation and the Christian Church teaching others how they can be saved also. The resurrection of Jesus is central to Christianity. Without it, there would be no Christian church. Easter is the most important Christian holiday. It celebrates Jesus’ resurrection. It is his rising from the dead that proves him to be God’s chosen messenger and leads to our celebration of his birth on Christmas.
2. Take a minute to talk to the children about the creation they are going to be doing in this workshop. Tell them that they will be decorating a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection. Just as the tomb was empty and new life in the form of Christianity came from it, eggs symbolize new life. Other rotations will emphasize that before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples to tell people of all nations in Jesus’ name to turn to God in order to be forgiven.
1. Create! Pass out a plastic pull-apart egg to each child. Have small artificial flowers, trims and suitable pictures available for them to decorate the eggs with. Use Tacky Glue to stick items on each half. Use scissors for cutting stems off flowers and for cutting out parts of pictures (birds, flowers, scenes) from greeting cards.
2. Balancing the egg during decoration will probably be easier if the sections are separated and rested on the flat ends. Tell the children not to get glue on the parts that close together because it will be important to be able to open and close the eggs in read a message reminding them of God’s love.
3. Pass out preprinted slips with the memory verse. Have the children roll them up and place them inside their egg before fitting the halves together.
4. Clean up! Involve all children in this so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a prearranged signal or sound for clean up and tell them at the beginning of the art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on
1. Shepherds will pass out the journals and pencils/markers. The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning’s lesson – Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. He rose from the dead (came alive again), and with that came God’s promise that all people who believe in him will have eternal life. When his disciples followed his directions and traveled to places near and far, they shared the news.
2. Ask the kids to close their journals and prepare for the closing prayer.
1. Encourage the children to share ideas about how Jesus is alive in us and how we can share the good news that Jesus rose from the dead.
2. Say the Key Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room or written on the white board in the room, and should have it on slips of paper that each child can take home with them.
3. Pray! Ask the kids if they have any prayer requests. Thank God for being with us.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages.
2. Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.
3. Purchase materials and check the art room to see what supplies exist. Make a sample.
4. Prepare all materials that you will need for the creation process. Have the materials ready to go. There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.
5. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or use one of the group suggestions.
Tacky Glue and toothpicks to spread glue
Bits of ribbons, rickrack, etc.
Fronts from old greeting cards
Miniature artificial flowers
Strips of paper with Memory Verse