We are Worshipping Warriors- We worship because we know Jesus is alive!
This year our theme is Worshipping Warriors. In order for our children to truly worship they must understand that Jesus really died and was really resurrected and is alive. His love makes us want to worship Him and live our lives for Him.
John 20:24-31, John 21
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Video of sign language for memory verse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3AX_wiRPDI
And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
1.Luke 24 and John 20, 21 are in the New Testament. It was written about the resurrection and ascension of Christ.
2. Jesus spent 40 days between his resurrection and ascension giving proof that he was alive. He appeared to Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women at the tomb, two disciples on the road to Emmaus, Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others at the Sea of Tiberias
3. Jesus taught his disciples during this time. Luke 24:45
And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
4.The Gospels are the first books in the New Testament. They were written by Apostles and tell the of the life of Jesus.
This is an interactive story about the walk to Emmaus when 2 disciples met Jesus. The song that goes with the story is sung to the tune This is the Way. Look at this video for the tune:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoJjUHBNufY. There is also an art project which you either need sand paper or sand and glue to do. I recommend sandpaper which can be found in the craft room.
Build a tomb
Build a road and act out the story
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!
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.
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.)
11-12 year olds Nail Cross necklace- We may have the materials at church or Sister Deborah will bring them.
- 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 or color 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. 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.
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.
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.
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)