Object lesson - Easter: From 'Startling' to 'I'


Probably one of the best object lessons to help you tell the Easter Resurrection story.

What common English word is nine letters long, and each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word? From nine letters all the way down to a single letter?  It's the word 'startling'. 

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You can tell the Easter Resurrection Bbile Story in your church, school assembly or children's ministry in such an easy and attractive way using only the letters in the word 'startling'.

STARTLING One of the best Easter Resurrection object lessons for church kidmin and Sunday schools

Easter Sunday Morning Object lesson:

Just imagine, it's Easter Sunday morning. You ask nine children to come on stage with you. You give each of the children a large cardboard letter or large cards with letters on. The children can hold the letters above their heads or in front of their faces. Together they spell the word 'Startling'.

Each time you tell a part of the story, you take a letter away. You go from the word STARTLING to STARTING to STARING to STRING to STING to SING to SIN to IN and you end with the letter I.

As you do this, you tell the following Easter Resurrection story about Mary going to the grave, finding it empty, thinking that the body has been stolen and meeting Jesus, her risen Lord.

The story with this object lesson:

STARTLING:

Mary makes a startling discovery: the grave is empty.

STARTING:

She is starting to wonder: "What has happened here?

STARING:

And now Mary is staring at the stone that has been rolled away.

STRING:

All the clothers are neatly folded up. Not a loose string in sight.

STING:

Mary is feeling the sting: "Has someone stolen the body?"

SING:

But then she meets the risen Lord and she wants to sing, because she discovers 'Jesus is alive'.

SIN:

Now she knows what happened on the cross: Jesus has broken the power of death and sin

IN:

And thorugh His resurrection everyone who believes in Him can be part of God's family.

I:

What do I do? Everybody needs to know! So Mary goes on her way to tell the disciples. 

(This is just a short summary. You can make it as elaborate as you want.)

What do you need:

- Download: 'The Resurrection story using nine letters'
- Download: 'Nine Letters for the word STARTLING'

 

 

Prayer idea - Easter: 'Paper Chain - Celebrate that Jesus is alive!'


A celebrating creative prayer idea on the resurrection of Jesus

You can use this easy to do Easter creative prayer idea to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with the kids in your Sunday school class, kidmin or children's ministry.

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What do you need:

- strips of colored paper
- pens
- Adhesive tape or staplers

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Game - Easter: 'Suck up Skittles during the Easter Story?'


A fun Bible game on the resurrection of Jesus

A fun, fast game, in which you go through the Easter story again in a creative way.

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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What do you need:

- Skittles in the colours: yellow, green, red, purple, orange
- boards
- straws
- transparent plastic cup

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Game - Easter: 'Collect balloons like eggs on your head?!'


A fun Bible game on the resurrection of Jesus

Easter really  has nothing to do with eggs, except that it's about new life. Still, it's fun to do this relay race at Easter, where the balloons take the place of eggs!

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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What do you need:

- large number of balloons
- tights

Preparation:

Set out a course that the children have to walk while the tights are full of balloons on their heads.

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Object lesson - Easter: 'How many marshmallows can you handle?'


An creative activity on the resurrection of Jesus

The Jewish leaders invent a lie to explain why the body of Jesus has disappeared. The disadvantage of a lie is that you often have to come up with a new lie to protect the first lie. Before you know it, the story becomes more and more obscure and it becomes more and more difficult to keep the lie going.

In this creative processing, children can experience this first hand.

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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What do you need:

- a large bag of marshmallows

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Object lesson - Easter: 'The lying leaders are bluffing!'


An creative activity on the resurrection of Jesus

In our Bible story today, the Jewish leaders concoct a lie to make people believe that the body of Jesus had been stolen and that he had not risen from the dead. 

These are the questions we are going to look at in this activity:

- Did people believe them?
- How would people find out if the leaders are telling the truth or lying?
- How difficult or easy is it to see if someone is bluffing or lying?
- What do you look for?

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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What do you need:

- deck of cards
- sweets

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Object lesson - Easter: 'Feel the Emotions'


Experience the emotions of the Resurrection of Jesus 

The women go to Jesus’ grave feeling sad and defeated. Their defeat turns to wonder, then amazement, then rejoicing and celebration. This fun drama activity is a way for the children to ‘experience’ these emotions. 

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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YouTube video - Jesus is risen: 'The Sunflower'


Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story of the resurrection of Jesus

We see a flower on a very dry piece of land - it sees around it the other f  lowers dying of the drought. Two meters away he sees a piece of green grass that is watered every day. The flower pulls its roots out of the soil and tries to walk across the hot pavement to the other side. Just before the end of the pavement it dies and turns into a big seed head. The wind takes its seeds and soon new flowers are growing in the green grass.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus.
( Matthew 28: 1 - 15 )

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How does this film apply to today's Bible story?

Our story today is about the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus had to die first, just like the sunflower, so that He and we would receive new life.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?
If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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Experiment - Easter: 'Tell the Easter story with relightable candles'


A fun and easy to do experiment about the Bible story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

This is a great way to demonstrate the life of Jesus and the story of Easter . Keep a bucket of water handy!

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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What do you need:

- relightable candles
- matches                                     
- a bucket of water

Preparation:

You can buy the relightable candles in every joke shop. These are candles that will relight once you have blown them out. You need to let them burn for a minute to start with. The effect is greater if you make a bundle of about five candles and light them all at once. Try it out at home first. 

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Icebreaker - Easter: 'Draw the resurrection on your head'


A playful introduction to the story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

A fun icebreaker that you can do with your kids in church!

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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What do you need:

- paper plates
- felt-tip pens

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Object lesson - Easter: 'The Lord has truly risen!'


An easy to do Easter object lesson on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

An introduction to today’s story using dictionaries and different languages.

This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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What do you need:

- dictionaries in different languages

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Sunday school lesson - NT - Easter 8: 'He is Risen!'


Download the PFD booklet with eleven Sunday school ideas on the Bible story of Jesus Resurrection

Are you looking for a Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Jesus risen from the death in Matthew 28: 1-15

This lesson will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

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We understand that these eleven ideas are maybe too many to fit into just one Sunday school lesson, but we want to give you the opportunity to pick and mix, so that you can choose the ideas that fit with you and with your group of children.

Here are the following ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:

*   The Lord has truly risen! - a children’s moment
*   Draw the resurrection on your head… - an icebreaker
*   How do I tell the this Bible story? - storytelling tips
*   The sunflower - YouTube video and discussion
*   Going through the Easter story with relightable candles - a fun science experiment
*   Feel the emotions - a creative activity
*   The lying leaders are bluffing! - a creative discussion
*   How many marshmallows can you handle? - a creative activity
*   Collect balloons like eggs on your head! - a Bible game
*   Suck up Skittles during the Easter story - a Bible game
*   A joyful paper chain - a creative prayer idea

Download the PDF booklet with all these ideas below

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