332 & 333 - On the cross & He is alive


15 minute Story planner

*Before using the PowerPoint make sure you are happy with the illustrations used. Alternatively select images for younger children from the Free Bible images website or show pictures from a Children’s Bible as you tell the story.

Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19 & 20
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 377 - 379

1. Setting the scene - 2 mins 
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The life of Jesus FlashCards' cards one to eight

Make sure you have read the story through a couple of times and are aware of its content. If you feel that the children in your group are too young for some of the descriptions, tell parts of the story in your own words.

Make sure the children are aware that Father God raised Jesus back to life on the third day following his death on the cross. You could use Flashcards six to eight from the Life of Jesus to outline the events or simply use the wording from the Flashcards (see Printables). Explain that, although it was a sad day when Jesus died on the cross we now know that it is because Jesus lived, died and rose again that everybody, everywhere can say ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness, and become close friends with him.

2. Starter question - 1 min  
Have you ever been told some good news – some really, really good news? Perhaps you were told that a friend was coming to stay. Or that you had been invited to a party, or to see a film, or play a game (spend some time talking with the children about what they would consider to be good news).

All these things are good and exciting… but one day the disciples heard the most exciting news of all… what good news did the disciples hear? Who passed on this wonderful news?

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • Perfume or cooking spices

  • A large stone

  • A white sheet or long piece of white fabric

  • ‘Why are you crying?’ speech bubble (see Printables)

  • ‘He is alive!’ speech bubble (see Printables)

Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web

4. Story activity - 6 mins

Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Play a game where the children need to collect textboxes on their way to the finish line.
You will need: two envelopes, textboxes (see Printables), sticky tac and masking tape. Before the session, print and cut out two sets of textboxes. Colour in the circle blue on one set and green on the other. Place the textboxes around your room. Stick a strip of tape to the floor – this will be your ‘start line’. At a distance of approximately four meters stick a second strip of tape – this will be your ‘finish line’.

Divide your group into two teams. Name one team the ‘green team’ and the other the ‘blue team’. Encourage the children to sit behind the finish line. Ask a volunteer from each team to stand behind the start line facing their team mates. Give them an envelope each. Explain that the aim of the game is for the volunteers to race from the start line to the finish line – however before reaching the finish line they must collect the textboxes with their coloured circle and place them in their envelopes. Both volunteers must collect their textboxes in numerical order i.e. they cannot collect number two before collecting number one etc. When a volunteer has six textboxes they can join their team. The team must then arrange the words in the order they were spoken by Jesus (this will be in reverse numerical order). The first team to arrange the textboxes correctly is the winning team.

Briefly remind the children that the disciples ran straight to the tomb; they didn’t stop on the way. Jesus words however tell us that he was on his way somewhere too – where was Jesus going? Jesus would soon leave the disciples and go up to Heaven. He would be with them for forty days then, when he went up, the Holy Spirit would come down to be with people.

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, thank you that because Jesus lived, died and rose again we can be close friends with you. Thank you that everybody, everywhere can now say ‘Yes’ to your wonderful gift of love and forgiveness.

Please help us to understand more and more what it means to be your close friend. Help us to understand how great your gift of love and forgiveness is.

Father, in the same way Mary passed on the good news that Jesus is alive – help us to pass on the good news to others that through Jesus everybody everywhere can be close friends with you. Amen.

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