This three lesson series was written to introduce the children to
Jesus. It is very basic and was designed with the question "Do you know
Jesus? " in mind. The lessons include simple facts about Jesus so that a
child will have enough information to make a personal decision. The
Easter story was incorporated into these lessons.
In order to teach the lessons and make them interesting a theme was
selected. This time it is "Celebrity Days". Celebrities and movie stars
to tell stories and help teach.
This curriculum was written to be used in the Zoo
Bus in confined space. For this reason a large number of props were not
required. Some ideas: a director's chair, megaphone, signs, movie
camera, film and old movie posters. The possibilities are endless, use
Lesson Three - Jesus Is The
This lesson was designed to introduce the children
to the cross. It is an opportunity to explain the events of the
crucifixion and resurrection and apply them to our lives. It will be a
fun day but will also have a time for decisions to be made.
- To present the most important part of the
gospel message; "Jesus the Saviour" to the kids.
- To allow them to see the true meaning of
Easter not the commercialism of today.
- To present an opportunity to make a decision
In an indoor program it has been necessary for us to occupy the kids
while we collect boots and organize their entry. During this time a
movie playing is helpful. It diverts the attention of the children and
keeps them from being bored while they wait. This could also be done by
another leader if the TV/VCR are not available. Games are good. Activity
centers are ideal if you are dealing with a classroom situation.
Since this is an Easter lesson, the children may be
hyper because of the Holiday. They may have eaten a lot of sugar. The
rules become essential in times like this because they are what you will
need in order to clearly and effectively communicate the life changing
Before this program occurs, time should be spent in
prayer. This is a valuable lesson, pray that the children's hearts will
be open to hear the message. This could change their lives. At the
program pray that they will remember what they have learned.
Enjoy! Some music selections that other children's programs have
found very effective are by "Mary Rice Hopkins". It depends on your
kids. You have to select what will appeal to them. Some music may be too
childish or might not fit the style that the children prefer. In our
group almost anything with a country and western flavour would fail but
it might work for you. As you get to know your kids, it will become less
difficult to choose.
Most series have different games each week, but we didn't do that in
this series. The children enjoyed the games so much that we did them for
- Word Lightning
Select two players. One boy, one girl. One letter in the alphabet is
chosen. The first contestant must write as many words as they can that
begin with the selected letter. They must do this in one minute. The
second contestant does the same thing with a different letter.
Select two players. One girl, one boy. Approximately twenty simple
words are written on separate pieces of paper. The first contestant is
shown a word and must act it out so that his /her team can guess what it
is. The contestant must act out as many words as he/she can in one
minute. The second contestant must look at different words and act out
as many as possible in one minute.
The memory verse will be the last in the series. It will also be an
interaction between the celebrities, the leader and the children.
Porklena: Hi (leader). I'm back again. I am so excited about
Easter. I'm going to get lots of candy. It is going to be a great
Leader: Well Porklena, I'm so pleased to see you back. I can
see that you are pretty excited about Easter.
Porklena: Oh I am, I am.
Einstein the Director: Porklena, there you are. I have been
looking all over for you. We need to go over the last line. It is
extremely important for our new movie.
Porklena: Not right now, I'm telling (leader) about my plans
Leader: You know Porklena, this verse is really important. You
should try it. It is about Easter you know!
Porklena: Oh ok, but only because it is about Easter.
Einstein the Director: That is right. This verse is about
Easter. In fact it tells the real meaning of Easter.
Leader: We will read it for you. It is nice and short. "He is
not here; He has risen!" Luke 24:6.
Porklena: Ok, I've got it this time... "He is not here; He has
risen!" Luke 24:6. There you go. I got it now let's get back to talking
about Easter. I love chocolate. I love Easter eggs...
Einstein the Director: But Porklena, you are missing the
point. You just aren't getting it. That verse is about Easter isn't it
Leader: Einstein is right. That verse is about the very first
Easter and is the reason that we celebrate Easter today. That verse
talks about Jesus.
On the Friday before Easter Jesus was nailed to a cross. He died and
was buried in a tomb. The people were extremely upset. On Sunday morning
some ladies went to the tomb to take care of the body of Jesus and found
that he was not there. He was not in the tomb. They thought that the
body had been stolen but an angel appeared to them and explained that
Jesus was not dead, he was risen.
Let's look at our story, it will help you understand.
This section is usually time for a story. In "The Zoo" bus, we have a
TV/VCR system so we chose to use a video. A cartoon story. The children
seemed to enjoy the change.
At this point we used a "Nest Entertainment" video. It was the Easter
video. It helped to explain the events and make them more clear.
This section of the story will be discussed by two puppets. The
puppets are movie critics and they discuss the meaning of the movie for
You can use any puppets to do this. We chose to use two hairy monster
Sedrick: Good evening, welcome to our final episode of
"Critics Corner". This is the show where we watch the movie and decide
if we liked it or not!
Herbert: That's right, Sedrick. This is our last show. We are
going on a little vacation. So what did you think of tonight's movie?
Sedrick: Well, I like it. These past few videos about Jesus
have been pretty good.
Herbert: I liked all of them. Zaccheus was neat. Last week
watching Jesus' ride into town on a donkey was cool!
Sedrick: My favourite one was this week. It was the story of
the very first Easter, you know!
Herbert: I thought it was a bit sad!
Sedrick: Well, it was sad at first. But Jesus died and then he
rose again. He is alive today!
Herbert: Well Sedrick, I don't understand the whole thing.
Sedrick: I'll tell you the most important part. What is most
important about the Easter story is that Jesus loved you so much he died
Herbert: I'm still confused.
Sedrick: Herbert, Easter is about Jesus. Jesus cares about you
Herbert and everyone who is here. He didn't just care a little. He loved
us enough to die for us. That's pretty drastic. Because Jesus died we
are forgiven for all of our sins and can have a New Life in Him.
Herbert: I think I get it! What it all boils down to is that
Jesus loves us very much and at Easter he showed us just how much!
Sedrick: Well now that we have that straight. I'll tell you
why I liked that movie. I liked it because it tells us the important
story of Easter and what it means for us.
Herbert: I think it was my favourite too! Join us again, on
Use this time to reinforce to the children the
meaning of Easter in our lives. Give them a chance to pray and to make a
decision for themselves.
After the lesson ended we explained that eggs are a symbol of new
life and remind us of what Jesus did. Then we had a community wide
Easter Egg Hunt. It was fabulous, the kids loved it.
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