The Resurrection is one of the most important truths about Jesus that kids will ever have the opportunity to hear. The resurrection of Christ means confidence that the entire testimony of Jesus is true, that payment for sin has been made in full, and that there is sure victory over sin and death. Let’s help children experience His resurrection this Easter. Here are 10 Easter ideas for children’s ministry on Easter Sunday:
Mary Magdalene reenactment
In one of your children’s ministry classrooms or meeting halls, create the illusion of the tomb over the entire area by using dark paper or fabric. When all the children are assembled “in the tomb”, dim the lights. Then all of a sudden have someone portraying Mary Magdalene come through a bright opening and onto the scene to declare that Jesus is no longer “in the tomb” because “He is alive!” Then have her share her amazing testimony. Have her tell about her bondage and deliverance and how she became a devoted disciple of Jesus and followed Him even to the cross. Let her talk about the sorrow and grief she experienced upon finding the tomb empty and how she stood alone weeping. Have her describe her experience when the two angels appeared on the scene to comfort her. Finally, let her recall the most amazing experience of all, how Jesus appeared to her and spoke her name. Mary Magdalene was the very first witness to the most important event in all of history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Create an empty tomb
Since Easter Sunday is all about celebrating the resurrection, include an empty tomb somewhere in the program to nicely set the theme. Here’s one idea. Set up a tent and drape it over with gray sheets to make it look more like a cave, or a tomb. Inside the “tomb” place several small strips of white cloth in the tent to symbolize the burial linens left behind. After talking about the death and resurrection of Jesus, have each child talk about what they see inside the make-shift tomb. The disciples found the tomb empty because Jesus was no longer there. He is alive! Let each child take one strip of cloth to bring home to use in sharing the great news!
Draw the Easter story
While you are telling the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection in your Easter Sunday message, have the children draw each segment of the story as you tell it. The story can be divided into four parts: 1. Jesus died on the cross; 2. Jesus was buried in the tomb; 3. Tomb is empty; and 4. Jesus is alive! Have the children draw each segment on the page as you tell the story and as you direct them.
Decorative cross magnet
For this craft project you will need lots of Popsicle sticks (two for each child), pastel colored sand, and small magnets. Have each child create a cross from the two Popsicle sticks and glue where the two sticks meet (you might want to complete this step ahead of time). Then have each child spread a thin layer of glue on the surface of the cross and sprinkle colored sand over it. Let the project dry during other activities. Afterwards, glue a magnet to the back of each cross.
Easter activity books
There are tons of great Christian Easter activity books available online and in Christian bookstores with children’s ministry in mind. Kids love the coloring, games and activities. What they don’t complete in class, they get to take home for continued fun.
Kids Easter program
Prepare the children to present Easter in music or drama during a segment of the adult Easter service. Songs like “Were You There?”, “Christ the Lord is Risen, Today”, “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”, and “Alive, Alive” are all great songs to praise the risen Lord. These melodies are especially beautiful when performed by the angelic voices of children.
No children’s ministry event is complete without snacks. A healthy trail mix with a smattering of pastel chocolate, carrot cake muffins, crackers in plastic eggs, Easter story cookies, and cupcakes in spring colors and Easter themes, are all delightful options.
One game suggestion is Easter Pictionary, a game of drawing Easter-themed pictures for others to guess. Another idea is a jumbo Easter memory game, which is a game of laying out pairs of pictures on the floor, face down, where teams take turns guessing (then remembering) where the pairs are located. Use Easter themes.
Tell the story of Jesus
To read the resurrection story using supporting pictures, puppets or flannel board is one way to do it, but an animated or dramatic presentation on a big screen is even better. If you are a SharefaithKids member, you’re all set up with the lesson titles, “The Crucifixion”, “The Resurrection”, and “Ascension and Pentecost” all at your fingertips.
“He Lives” door hanger
How about one more craft idea for your Easter children’s ministry event? Cut out the shape of a cross from colored card stock with a large hole toward the top—large enough for a doorknob to fit through. Let the kids decorate them with foam Easter Lilly cutouts; then have them use foam letter cutouts to inscribe the words “He Lives”. The foam lilies and foam letters can be purchased at your local craft supply store.
There you have it. I’ve included Easter ideas to cover you for story-telling, games, dramas, snacks, crafts and activities. I hope this list containing 10 Easter Ideas for Children’s Ministry on Easter Sunday is helpful, or at the very least get the creative juices flowing. Have a blessed Easter celebration. He is risen indeed!
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