Items Needed: Donuts, napkins, plastic tablecloth, overhead or power point slide of Jesus on the Cross, Song about Jesus dying on cross. “Here I am to Worship” is a good choice.
Workers Needed: Strong boy or man
I saw this Easter message at church camp for Middle School aged children. It was so powerful that I thought I might try it. I was a little worried that some six through twelve year olds might be a little young for this message to be effective, but I was wrong. This was one of the most powerful messages I ever delivered in children’s church.
You will need enough donuts for each child to have a donut. You can economize by cutting the donuts in half if you would like. Place a plastic tablecloth in front for the children to stand on when they come forward.
Have someone who is strong and can do many push-ups stand beside you. Briefly tell how Jesus loves each and every child and how He died on the cross to pay the price for them to be saved.
Have the slide showing on the screen and play the music softly during the presentation. Have each child come up one at a time. As the child stands there, have your worker do three push-ups. Tell the child, “He paid the price for you to have this donut. If you take the donut, you have to eat it, because he paid the price.”
If a child doesn’t want to eat the donut, say, “He paid the price for you to have this donut. If you don’t want it, you have to throw it on the ground and stomp on it.”
If no child refuses the donut, have another worker come up and refuse the donut. This should be done about half way through the presentation.
You don’t have to explain what this means. The children will understand, and it will make a lasting impression upon them about the cost of their salvation. At the end, open the altars for any child who wants to accept the forgiveness and salvation Jesus all ready paid for.