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OBJECT: small piece of cloth ripped slightly so it can be ripped in two easily
In Bible days, Jerusalem had a temple with a great curtain. This curtain hid the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was a gold box that showed God is with us always. But the curtain kept people away from God. That’s because sin keeps us from being close to God. But Jesus died for our sins. He wants us to be close to God. When He died on the cross, the curtain hiding the Ark of the Covenant was ripped in two like this piece of cloth. (rip the piece of cloth) That’s because Jesus took the punishment for our sins. Now we don’t have anything separating us from God. God wants us to be close to Him. All we have to do now is accept Jesus as our Savior from sin.
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.
Here are meanings you can teach children for colors associated with Easter.
Yellow: Radiance of Jesus who is the light of the world.
Green: Nature, Life, Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
Red: The blood of Jesus
White: Sins are washed away, Purity
Pink: Red and white together make pink. Jesus’ blood washed our sins away.
Purple: Royalty, Jesus is the King of Kings.
Objects: pictures or objects that symbolize the following: Easter egg, chocolate Easter bunny, candy, Easter basket, Easter bunny, Spring, Easter clothes, church, cross. Show the objects as you say the following.
When most children think about Easter, they think about a lot of things. Some children like to color Easter eggs and have Easter egg hunts. Some children think about getting a gigantic chocolate Easter bunny or candy in their Easter baskets on Easter Sunday morning. Then of course, there’s the Easter bunny. Spring break at schools are usually around Easter. Some children think about Spring and how they get to play outside more. Still other children’s parents always buy them a new outfit they can wear to church on Easter. Some families only go to church on Easter. All these things make us think about Easter. But the most important thing to think about on Easter is that Jesus died for our sins. Three days later, on Easter Sunday, He rose again so we can be with Him forever on Earth and later in Heaven. He did this so we can be close to God. That’s the best part about Easter.
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