We are going to follow the same plan we did the last couple of months, starting with activities and then having the celebration (Bible story, songs and prayer-time) finishing with the meal
Team time: We will begin with time to check that activity leaders know where their activity is and what it is about. Then our usual team time will begin at 2.55pm. In order for this to happen we need to do our best to be punctual and to arrive no later than 2.45pm
Hospitality This month we will continue to concentrate on hospitality at the meal time.
The meal is a time to relax with the families and have time to chat and eat together, so it is really important that there are some leaders at each table. There will be table talk questions which will help you to start conversations with the families.
Activity Time: This is at the start so you will need to be ready at your activity as people are arriving. The welcome team will direct everyone, including any latecomers to the activities.
Story for this month – We are looking at how God provides for us and the story of Easter from Palm Sunday through to Easter day.
Bible passages related activities
Palm Sunday Matthew 21: 1-11 palm leaves & donkey
Washing the Disciples’ feet John 13: 3-10 bath bombs
The Last Supper Matthew 26: 20-30 wine goblet
The dies on the Cross Matthew 27:45-56 prayer activity & the torn curtain
Jesus is Alive! (Easter day) Matthew 28: 1-7 Easter garden
If you can’t manage to read all these passages do try to read the one which relates to the activity you are leading!
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Talk about notes for each activity: (These will be printed and placed on each activity table or area. They are included here so that so you can think about what you will say as you lead your activity and so that you have an overview of everything that is going on)
Door and welcome: Welcome everyone, give them a name tag and the take home sheet and a bag for crafts made and direct them towards the activities.
Palm Leaf: Make a palm leaf to use later during the story. As you work talk about why the people were so excited.
Most of the crowd spread coats on the road ahead of Jesus, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Matthew 21: 8
Donkey: Make a donkey from rolls of card and paper. What were the people saying as Jesus rode through Jerusalem on the donkey? Talk about what it must have been like to be in the crowd that day.
This was done to fulfil the prophesy. ‘Tell the people of Israel, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey – even on a donkey’s colt.’’ Matthew 21: 4-5
Bath bombs: Make a bath bomb. You might like to give it to someone and tell them the story of Easter. As you work talk about the custom in Jesus’ day of washing feet.
So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he had around him. John 13: 4-5
Wine goblet: Create a colourful goblet to remind you of today’s story. As you work talk about Jesus and the Last Supper.
And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, ‘Each of you drink from it. For this is my blood, which seals the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many.’ Matthew 26: 27-28
Prayer activity: Which of these wrong things do you identify with the most? Put a coloured heart near it to remind you that Jesus died to forgive all the wrong things people do because he loves us so much.
I passed onto you what was most important and what had also been passed onto me – that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 1 Corinthians 15: 3
The Torn Curtain: To discover what’s behind the big curtain you’ll need to find the pieces of the puzzle that are hidden. Then you’ll have access to the most amazing place … and discover the most amazing truth EVER!
At that moment the curtain in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Matthew 27: 51
Top hats: Make some Top hats to share together for dessert at the meal. As you make them talk about how eggs are a sign of ‘New Life’. Imagine that the marshmallow is the stone that was rolled away from the tomb. What do you think it would have been like to have been at the tomb on that first Easter Day?
‘He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen.’ Matthew 28: 6
Easter garden: Help to decorate the Easter garden that will be in the church all over the season of Easter. As you work talk about the story of Easter.
She glanced over her shoulder and saw someone standing with her. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. ‘Why are you crying?’ Jesus asked her. ‘Who are you looking for?’ she thought he was the gardener. ‘Sir,’ she said, ‘if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.’ John 20: 14-15
Something important to remember: The activities and all that happens around the tables are for the whole family and not just the children. Some activities or parts of activities will be more suited to older children and adults and some for younger children but they are all of equal importance and it is important as an activity leader to try to encourage all to participate in the activity and to be especially mindful of the older children when there are not many of them there.
Leaders for each activity
Door and welcome Gail & Noreen
Palm Leaf Kevin & Rachel W
Donkey Veronica & Lorna
Bath Bombs Joanna & Ruth McK
Wine goblet Marg & Ruth H
Prayer activity Liz
The Torn Curtain Robert & Chris
Top hats Noelle & Dary
Easter garden Sylvia & Rachel O’C
The aim of this is to introduce the story/theme of the day and to ground everything we do in the Word of God
This is an essential part of communicating with God. By doing this in a creative way we hope to give the message that prayer is a natural conversation with God and does not only occur when we say set prayers
See you all on Sunday 9th at 2.45pm
Robert & April