How do you let your light shine for Jesus?- By 

Living like Jesus

This year our theme will be “Let your light shine”. In order for our children to let their light shine they must understand that they are a part of the Body of Christ. All parts of the body are important and necessary. The body cannot work properly if each part is not working.  His light shines through us when we are all working together willing to sacrifice for each other.   We will continue the series looking at the sacrifice of Jesus.

Hebrews 11:1-7

Jerusalem entry: Matthew 21:1-11
Plot to kill Jesus: Matthew 26:1-5
Deal for betrayal: Matthew 26:14-16
Last Supper: Matthew 26:17-30
Gethsemane: Matthew 26:36-46
Betrayal and arrest: Matthew 26:47-56

Memory verse:

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14

 There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given to believers by the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord.

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…

1 Corinthians 12:4-5, 12-13



1. I Corinthians 12 is in the New Testament. It was written about the Body of Christ and the gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to each part of the Body.

2. If we are going to reflect the light of Jesus, we must remember 2 things:

  • Christians are members of Christ’s body. We all need each other because we have each been given different gifts
  •  We all share in the Holy Spirit no matter what our gifts are.

3. We reflect the light of  the Lord by our actions.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 2:26

4.The Gospels are  the first books in the New Testament. They were written by Apostles and tell the of the life of Jesus.


Nursery/Toddler Resources:



This interactive easter story is told with the cadence of “Going on a Bear Hunt”.

Pat legs, alternating like footsteps.  

Mary and friends walking to the tomb.  (Kids repeat: Mary and friends walking to the tomb. )

They were very sad.  (Kids repeat and make a very sad face : They were very sad. )

Jesus had died.  (Kids repeat  : Jesus had died)

They were very sad.  (Kids repeat and make a very sad face: They were very sad. )

So they’re walking to the tomb.  (Kids repeat: So they’re walking to the tomb)

They’re getting closer (Kids repeat: They’re getting closer)

And they stopped!  (Stop patting legs)  (Kids repeat: And they stopped!)

They looked (Kids hold hand above their eyes like they are searching)

And they were surprised!  (Make a surprised face)

The stone was gone!  (Ask friend next to you: Where is the stone?  2x)

So they walked faster  (Pat legs again, faster)  (Kids repeat: So they walked faster)

All the way to the tomb  (Kids repeat: All the way to the tomb)

They walked inside (Kids repeat: They walked inside)

They looked really hard (hold hand above eyes again)

And then they screamed!  (kids:  Aaah!)

They saw an angel and he said, “Why are you here?  (Ask friend next to you “Why are you here?”  3x)

He said dead people live here  (Kids repeat: Dead people live here)

But Jesus isn’t here!  (Kids repeat: Jesus isn’t here!)

Have kids stand up and crouch down and say: Jesus is…

Then they jump up and say:  ALIVE!

(Repeat that part)

The ladies were so surprised (Surprise face)

The other ladies ran home (Pat legs quickly)  (kids repeat: The other ladies ran home)

But Mary stayed behind.

She listened (cup hand to ear and listen)

And she heard someone!  (cup hand to other ear)

She thought “It must be the gardener” (Say to friend: It must be the gardener)

He’ll know where Jesus is (Say to friend: He’ll know where Jesus is)

Then she heard a voice.  (Everyone still and not moving)

Mary!  (Kids repeat: Mary!)

It was Jesus!  (Kids repeat:  It was Jesus!)

Have kids stand up and crouch down and say: Jesus is…

Then they jump up and say:  ALIVE!

Have kids stand up and crouch down and say: Jesus is…

Then they jump up and say:  ALIVE!

(Of course you can shorten or lengthen this based on the attention span of your group.  Remember, you have to be animated for them to get into it.)



Build a tomb

Make a tomb out of whichever type of blocks you are using with your children: legos, duplos, wooden unit blocks, etc. Bring some small stones and rocks in from outside to use to retell the miracle of Easter morning!

Coloring sheets:

he is alive






mini book folding





Easter Bingo

Give each child an Easter Bingo Board and some jelly beans.

Cut up one bingo card for you to use as pieces to call from.

Put the Easter Bingo Cards in the basket.

The “He Has Risen!” spot is a free spot for all of the children.

Choose 1 Easter Bingo Card, say what it is and show the picture

  • Have the children find it on their cards
  • As they are finding the item – talk about what the item it and what it has to do with Easter

◦                                 Stone – there was a stone blocking the door of Jesus’ tomb

◦                                 Angel – the angel rolled the stone away

◦                                 Cross – Jesus died on the cross for us

◦                                 3 days – Jesus rose again after 3 days

◦                                 Crown of thorns – Jesus wore a crown of thorns on His head

◦                                 Bread – Jesus had the Last Supper with His disciples

◦                                 Nails – they nailed Jesus to the cross

◦                                 Resurrection – He lives in heaven!

All of their cards are the same…so they will all win at the same time!

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Musical Parade

Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Teach them this song:

Sung to Farmer in the Dell:

Jesus is the king!

Jesus is the king!

We praise Him with our song today,

Jesus is the king!

Start a parade singing this song while using the instruments.


Storyteller’s Tent

Need for Salvation Lesson

1.) To show a lost child that “a walk” without Jesus cannot take him to heaven. 2.) To show a saved child that he should confess his sin daily to keep his “walk” with the Lord clean, and that sin never leaves a Christian a better person.


Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

I John 1:7.9 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Two new pairs of white socks; one pair of black socks; one pair of old, gray, stained, possibly holey (but clean) white socks; and a pan or box of very wet and sloppy dirt.


Today, boys and girls, we are going to talk about how a person’s heart and life is like a pair of socks. Most everyone likes socks that are clean and white and that is the way that our hearts and lives should be, but the Bible says that lost boys and girls have dark, sinful hearts. That means that they can’t walk with the Lord and that their socks are black. (Teacher, put the black socks on your hands and hold them up.) Every day these boys and girls sin more and more. (Walk your hands through the mud to make the socks dirty and hold them up.) Their socks get dirtier and dirtier. But even if these socks were washed they would still be black. Some boys and girls try very hard to be good but that cannot change their dark, sinful hearts, and they cannot go to heaven. The Bible says (Read Romans 3:23.)

Now when a boy or girl realizes that his heart is sinful he can ask Jesus to wash his sins away, come into his heart. and save his soul. The Bible says (Read I John 1:7.) Now, he will go to heaven and he can walk with the Lord. (Replace the black socks with new, white socks and hold up your hands.) His heart is washed clean and white, and his walk, also, starts out clean and white.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Unfortunately, even Christians sin during their daily walk through life. Maybe you were disobedient to your parents, or fought with your brother or sister. (Walk your hands through the mud to make the socks dirty and hold them up.) Ugh! These socks are dirty! Would you like to dry them out and put them back on tomorrow morning? Well. a lot of you Christians do just that. (Walk your hands through the mud again, getting the other side muddy.) Remember, these socks are your walk with the Lord, and the dirt is your sin. Even though Christians have white hearts and are on their way to heaven, they still sin every day. If you don’t confess your sins it is just like putting on dirty socks each morning. The Bible says that Jesus wants to wash your daily sins, too, so that your walk can match your heart. (Read I John 1:9)

When a Christian sins he should ask the Lord to forgive him and to help him not to sin again. Tell the Lord you are sorry just as soon as possible, so your walk with him will be clean. (Replace the dirty white socks with the clean, but stained white socks and hold them up.) Uh oh! They don’t look quite as nice as they used to, do they? Even though Jesus will wash the sins of your daily walk, your sins will still hurt you, just like dirt stains white socks. The less you sin the better Christian life you will lead and the more the Lord will be able to use you in his service.

Now, when you get to heaven your socks won’t even be gray and stained anymore. (Replace the stained socks with the other pair of new white socks and hold them up.) Your walk will stay as white as your heart. No one sins in heaven and you will never sin again! That’s a wonderful thought! (Remove socks.)

Now, some of you Christians may be wearing very muddy white socks. Would any of you bow your heads right now and ask the Lord to forgive you for your sinful walk with him and ask him to help you not to sin as much? And maybe some of you boys and girls cannot walk with the Lord at all because your dark heart has never been washed of its sin. Wouldn’t you like to have Jesus wash away yours sins so you can go to heaven? (Give an invitation for Christians to ask forgiveness and the lost to be saved. Be sure you know why a child is coming forward before you deal with him.)

Easter Drama

A Journey with Jesus through Passion Week to Easter

Creation Station

11-12 year olds Nail Cross necklace- We may have the materials at church or Sister Deborah will bring them.

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You’ll           need:

  • One 2 1/2 inch masonry cut nail
  • One 1 1/2 inch masonry cut nail
  • Soft rag for cleaning
  • Hot glue
  • Florist wire or tarnish free craft wire
  • Decorative cord or leather

Masonry nails are coated with oil to  prevent rusting.   Remove all excess oil by rubbing with a soft clean  cloth.

Lay the shorter nail horizontally across the longer nail,  securing them with a hidden dab of  hot glue where they meet,  mid-point.

Crisscross the wire over the middle, front and back to  firmly fasten, making a loop on the back for hanging. 

Insert an 18”  length of cord through the loop and tie the two ends of the cord in a  knot.

5-10 year olds-Painted Cross Craft


The idea was to protect a portion of paper with masking tape as the children painted around it. Once dry, we removed the masking tape  to reveal the shape of a cross. The page includes this verse from Hebrews 7:25.

He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

I did have some problems with the tape tearing away. The moisture from the paint would bleed under the tape even though the color was contained. This weakens the paper and makes it tear slightly when you remove the tape. The best solution was to keep the edges of the paint away from the masking tape.  Most readers have said sticking the masking tape to your shirt first will remove some of the stickiness and prevent the problem of paper pulling away.

Watch the video below for full directions.

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Powerzone Theater


5-10 year olds Jesus Cartoon movie

11-12 year olds -The Passion of Christ

We will look for evidence that Jesus knew he was going to die as part of God’s plan. We will see how Jesus chose to obey God even when faced with a terrible death. We will think about who betrays Jesus.

Bible Story:
1. Discuss:  We can’t predict the future can we? So, we can’t always stop bad things from happening to us.  But, if you knew something terrible was going to happen to you, like a car accident, wouldn’t you try to prevent it? (yes!!)

Did Jesus know he was going to die? (yes) If Jesus is God, who become a man, why didn’t  Jesus save himself from being crucified? (Jesus knew that his death was part of God’s plan and Jesus was obedient to God even though he suffered a terrible death.)

Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Watch the video and listen for:
 the answer to this question.
 Evidence that Jesus knew he was going to die. As you watch the video and  you hear Jesus predict his death, silently raise your hand. (Hint: Jesus calls himself the Son of Man)

(Answer: There are two predictions by Jesus of his death in the video:
 By the river, Jesus tells the disciples that in two days the Son of Man will be handed over to his enemies and nailed to a cross. (Matt 26: 2)
 When the woman poured perfume over Jesus, he reminded the disciples (and Judas) that she was preparing his body for burial. Jewish custom was to anoint the bodies with perfumes, there would not be an opportunity for this to happen prior to Jesus’ death. )

2. Start the video. It’s about 30 minutes long if cued to just after the credits.  Give the children a warning: the scene in which Jesus is crucified is very graphic and sad. If you need to, please close your eyes or look away.

3. Distribute the popcorn with help from the Shepherds or volunteer children. (Popcorn should already be made.)


1. Discuss. When did Jesus predict his own death? (see above) By this we know that Jesus knew of his horrible ordeal to come, yet he chose to obey God.

2. Note that Jesus did not defend himself. Why? (Jesus was obedient to God. He knew God had a plan for him.)

3. Who betrayed Jesus? (Everybody – the disciples and Peter in their denials, Judas, the crowds in seeking to have Jesus crucified, the Pharisees and religion leaders who made up charges, Pilate (he washes his hands) and we betray Jesus every time we sin.)

4. Why did Jesus have to die? (Jesus had to die on the cross in order to save us from our sins, for everything we do wrong. Jesus paid a huge price for our sins – every one of us — so that we are forgiven and can have eternal life. Now nothing can separate us from God.)

Recite John 3:16 (a previous memory verse) together: “God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.” (CEV)

Make a Cross
5. Show the children a wooden cross that you have made from sticks. Explain that the cross is a symbol of the Christian church. It is not just a reminder of the cruel way that Jesus died, but something much better. Jesus died and paid the price for all our sins. That means that when we do something bad, we can ask for forgiveness and know that God loves us and forgives us. Nothing can separate us from God’s love. Point out to the children that the cross is empty; Jesus is not on it.  After he was crucified, Jesus arose from the dead. The empty cross is a sign that Jesus has been raised from death into everlasting life and that we, as followers of Jesus, share in his new life.  Jesus lives forever in us and in the church.

6. Give each child two stick and some raffia. Use the raffia to tie the 2 sticks together as a cross. Think about the significance of the cross and what it means to be forgiven.

Reflection Time:

Recite the memory verse together:
Hebrews 11:1, 11:6

Why are these good verses to remember? (It was God’s plan that Jesus pay the price for our sins so we can have eternal life. Jesus lived a life of faith in God.  Jesus was obedient to God’s plan. God has a plan for us too. Perhaps that is why some things don’t turn out as we expect. We must have faith in God. We should seek out God’s plan for ourselves in prayer)




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