Crucifixion and Resurrection
Today’s Bible story teaches about Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for the sins of people and rose from the grave three days later. Because Jesus paid our sin debt, He made a way for anyone who believes in Him to have a right relationship with God.
Use these simple steps to guide your family during today’s Life Group time.
Step 1: Print Activity Pages
Print one for each child. This is a great tool to have as you go through the videos. Each download includes the Activity Page for your child and a One Conversation page for you to use with the Bible reference and story.
Preschool // Babies-Kinder
Step 2: Watch Bible Story Video
Before you press play, sit together and pray. Thank God for this special day to worship and learn about Him. Then, watch the Bible story video together.
3. Read & Discuss The Bible Story Together
Use the Activity Page and One Conversation Page you printed to read and discuss the Bible Story together. Select an activity and talk about how it goes along with the story.
1s & 2s:
Jesus Helped His Friends,
based on John 13: 1-7, 14-15
Wash Baby Feet
Gather: Towel, Baby doll, washcloth and small pan of water or baby wipes,
- Print the activity page for 1’s – 2’s
- Place pan of water on a towel.
- Encourage child to wash the doll’s feet using the washcloth and water, or the baby wipes
- Remind child that Jesus washed His friends’ feet
- Say, “Jesus loved His friends and wanted to do something for them
- Look at/talk about the picture on Page 1 of the Activity page if you printed it out
Gather: different shoes – doll, baby, kid, adult
- Place one of each shoe in a pile on the floor
- Place one shoe in front of the child and let him find its match in the pile
- Ask, “What did Jesus do to His helpers feet?” (wash them)
- Finish matching the shoes. Let the child dress up and wear the adult shoes if he wants to.
3–Pre-K & Kinder:
Jesus is Alive,
based on Matthew 28: 1-10
Build a Tomb
Gather: Activity page, Bible, chairs, sheet, blocks, craft paper, other building materials
- Print out the activity page for your age group.
- Point out the tomb in the picture on Page 1 of the Activity page, Encourage the child to use the building material to build a tomb or cave.
- Find and item that could be used as a stone (chair, paper plate, blocks, etc) and put the stone at the entrance to the tomb.
- Invite children to retell the Bible story, and to pull the stone away from the tomb at the appropriate time.
- Remind the child that Jesus is no longer in the tomb, but He is alive!
- Help the child find the story in the Bible.
Jesus is Alive,
based on Matthew 28: 1-10
Gather: Bible, smooth river stones, permanent marker, dishpan
- Print each of these names on a stone: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. Mix these stones with blank stones.
- Let the child explore and sort the stones. They can sort by size, color, or other attribute.
- Guide him to set aside the stones with names.
- Talk about the Bible story. Mention the large stone that covered the entrance to the tomb. Help the child understand how the stone was moved from the entrance. Say, “Jesus is Alive!”
- Show the Table of Contents in the Bible. Help the child put the stones with names in order as they would be found in the Bible.
- Say, “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are books in the Bible called Gospels. Gospel means good news. The Gospels tell about Jesus’ life”.
TUG OF WAR
- Spread a rope across the room.
- Appoint your oldest child to go to one side of the room and hold one end of the rope.
- Have the rest of the family to go to the opposite side of the rope.
- Everyone should grab onto the rope and hold on tightly. Instruct your oldest to start tugging on his end of the rope. The rest of the family should tug on the opposite end of the rope.
- Call time when you notice the single child becoming frustrated.
- Ask if pulling the rope alone if it was difficult.
- Explain that Jesus was alone on the cross. He was separated from God. Like the one child at the end of the rope, Jesus was separated from everyone else. Share that Jesus took the whole weight and sin of the world on His own. But He chose to die for us. And then He rose again. Because of His sacrifice, we can experience salvation!
- Repeat the activity with other family members.
LETTER TO JESUS FROM YOU
- Explain to your children that just like Jesus, it’s important for us to pray to our heavenly Father.
- Share that sometimes besides praying out loud or praying quietly, it’s also helpful to write our prayers down on a piece of paper.
- Distribute paper and a pen or pencil to each child.
- Instruct the kids to write out the following:
- List the qualities of Jesus. (Answers will vary but may include: He is brave, sacrificial, holy, humble, and perfect.)
- List out the blessings you have received from God (home, family, friends, school, sports, music, a bike, a guitar).
- Pray for the people on your heart, or the people you know that need prayer.
- Thank Jesus for how He is working in your life. Thank Him for giving you a new day. Thank Jesus for being willing to die on a cross so salvation is possible. Thank Him for His death and resurrection. Thank Him for saving you so that you can experience eternal life!
- Encourage your children to put them in a place where they can review them every morning.
- For younger children have them draw out what they are thankful for.
JESUS LOVES ME HEART
Items needed: white heavyweight paper, markers, yarn (multiple colors), glue, scissors, pencils, clear tape
Before the session, fold white heavyweight paper in half. Trace and cut a heart shape on the front of the card. Make one card for each of your children to use.
Option: Instead of decorating the inside of the card to show through, use a small hole punch to make holes around the open-heart shape on the card. The children will use long strands of yarn, threading the yarn through the holes across the heart to decorate the heart cards.
- Review the Bible story. Explain how much Jesus loves people. He was willing to die for our sins on the cross.
- Distribute the paper cards to each child. Instruct your kids to close the cards so the heart cutout is on the front. With a pencil, kids will trace the heart shape onto the inside of the card (the right side of the paper). They will decorate the heart drawn on the inside of the card so that when the card is closed, the decorated heart shows through the heart cutout on the front.
- The children can decorate the heart by cutting and gluing pieces of yarn across the traced heart or by coloring it with markers.
- Have your children decorate their hearts and play some fun music
- After they have decorated the inside traced heart, close the card and use clear tape to close the unsealed edges of the paper. Using a marker, write Jesus Loves Me and John 14:6 on the outside of the card, over or under the heart.
- Take a moment to ask who would like to praise God for everything he has done
4. Missions Emphasis
Review the missions story. Remind kids that missionary Grant Waller tells about a time when more than 50 Mahafaly men and women stood up and said: “I believe in Jesus.” Pray that more Mahafaly people will believe in Jesus.
- Ask your children to think about how they would have felt if they had seen the empty tomb like Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.
- Ask everyone to stand. Encourage your kids to show you what their reactions would have been if the angel had told them that Jesus had risen from the dead.
- Take a moment to review the definition of sin and explain that sin separates people from God. Sin is actions, attitudes, words, or thoughts that do not please God. Discuss how Jesus’ willingness to die for our sins (take the punishment He didn’t deserve) makes our rescue from sin and death (salvation) possible. ʹ
- Ask your children to pray with you. Guide them to think about their own sin in their lives. Thank God for sending Jesus to die on the cross for all sins and for raising Him from the dead.
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