YouTube video - Why have you forsaken me: 'Imagination of a child' - FREE


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

In this film, a teacher asks her class to draw an animal from your imagination. One little boy starts by colouring a page completely black and doesn't stop at that. He colours page after page completely black. Nobody understands what is going on. The boy is examined and even admitted to a psychiatric institution. In the meantime he carries on colouring pages black. At some stage someone comes up with the idea of a puzzle. They put all the black pages together and the little boy turns out to have drawn a life-size whale. He was just doing what the teacher had asked him, but his imagination was much bigger!

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus ( Matthew 27: 39 - 66 )

 

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

Just like the little boy, Jesus is busy with an assignment that goes much further than anyone can think of at that moment. The priests, law teachers and leaders of the people don't understand a thing. They don't see the bigger picture. They only see a man who cried out and is now dying on a cross. Even Jesus seems to lose the big picture at the darkest moment when he feels that God has abandoned him. But luckily God always sees the big picture...

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- 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?
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Experiment - Why have you forsaken me: 'Blow it into the bottle!'


A fun science experiment that you can use while looking at the Easter story 

The scribes are afraid that Jesus' body will be stolen from the grave. Whatever the cost, Jesus body must remain in the grave. But their plan is just as impossible as blowing a paper pellet into a bottle.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus ( Matthew 27: 39 - 66 )

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What do you need:

- plastic bottle
- paper pellets
- straws

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Object lesson - Easter: 'Prove who you are'


A fun children's moment that you can use while looking at the Easter story 

The leaders and priests told Jesus to prove who He was. How can we do that? An introduction to today’s story.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus ( Matthew 27: 39 - 66 )

 

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- passport or ID document

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Icebreaker - Why have you forsaken me: 'Guess who it is'


A fun icebreaker that you can use while looking at the Easter story 

Even at Calvary, the leaders of the people have no idea who Jesus is. In our story today we reflect on who Jesus really is. In our icebreaker we first discover which of the children is which.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus ( Matthew 27: 39 - 66 )

 

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What do you need:

- empty plastic eggs, which you can open and shut
- small strips of paper
- pens
- a basket

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YouTube video - Jesus, the King of the Jews: 'The eyes of a child'


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

In this film, parents and children watch a video in which people pull funny faces. They have to imitate what they see on the video. This all goes fine until the next person on the video is a disabled child who sticks her finger in her nose in order to pull a funny face. The children just copy her, but the adults are suddenly aware of what they are doing and don't participate.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27: 27-38)

 

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

In the Bible story Jesus is ridiculed. The soldiers mock him, make faces at him and pretend he is a real king. In this video you're allowed to pull funny faces. But when the person doing this has a disability, the adults find it difficult. This begs the question: How do you deal with people who are 'different'?

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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Prayer idea - Jesus, King of the Jews: 'How do you feel about the cross?'


As they led Jesus away, they grabbed Simon, a man from Cyrene, who was coming in from the countryside. They put the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus.

How did Simon feel about having to carry the cross? Was he afraid? Angry? Sad? Or maybe thankful that he could help Jesus?
How do we feel about the cross of Jesus?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27: 27-38)

 

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What do you need?

- a big wooden cross
- popsicle sticks
- scissors
- yarn / wool / rope

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Crafts idea - Jesus, King of the Jews: 'A king's scepter or a shepherd's staff'


The Roman soldiers gave Jesus a wooden stick as a kind of scepter.

What a contrast to the shepherd’s staff that he uses as the good shepherd. The stick was meant to ridicule Jesus, whereas he leads people with his staff.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27: 27-38)

 

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What do you need?

- wooden sticks
- sandpaper
- knives (for older children)
- ribbons,
- stickers
- flowers
- paints and paintbrushes
- felt-tip pens

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Game - Jesus, King of the Jews: 'Helping to carry Jesus' cross'


The Roman soldiers force Simon of Cyrene is forced by the Roman soldiers to carry Jesus’ cross.

This is a burden, but maybe also a privilege. That's what this game is about.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27: 27-38)

 

Do dreams come true creative discussion on bible story of Jesus and Barabbas Easter activity for Sunday school or childrens ministry

What do you need?

- 24 white plastic cups
- 11 coloured cups
- chocolate Easter eggs
- sticky tape

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Creative discussion - Jesus, King of the Jews: 'My will or God's will?'


Jesus surrenders himself to God's will on the cross. What does it mean to surrender to God's
will?

By means of two blue and two red boxes you can explain this very clearly.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27: 27-38)

 

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What do you need?

- small blue box with 'my will' on it
- big blue box with "my will" on it
- small red box with "God's will" on it
- large red box with 'God's will' on it

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Creative activity - Jesus, King of the Jews: 'How does a .... walk?'


A drama exercise in which we move like some of the main characters in this Bible story

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27: 27-38)

 

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Experiment - Jesus, King of the Jews: 'The exploding lemon'


A fun science experiment to help the children think about the overflowing love of Jesus

It’s strange how something as sour as a lemon can overflow with colour. You could compare it to the overflowing love of Jesus that becomes visible through the 'sourness' of the cross.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27: 27-38)

 

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What do you need?

- lemons
- boards
- knives
- (food) dye
- washing up liquid
- teaspoon
- bicarbonate of soda

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Storyteling tips - Jesus, King of the Jews: 'How do I tell the story myself?'


Use these two great ideas to tell the story in a new way

This idea is part of a complete Sunday School lesson on the Bible story of the crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27: 27-38)

 

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