An Easter picnic

  
Here’s a way to tell the Easter story using food – give each child the following things on a little plate and, as you tell the story, get them to eat the various things at the right time.

Food: Glass of water, Salted crisps, chocolate coins, lettuce leaves/sugar flowers, small chocolate egg, cinnamon lozenge, ‘Happy Face’ biscuit

Jesus’ friends were sad – they had cried many tears because their friend was dead (Drink water / share some salted crisps)

They thought their friend Jesus was a very special King and now that He was dead, they didn’t know what to think.

Jesus died on a cross on a Friday. A rich man (chocolate coin) called Joseph buried Jesus in a cave in his garden (lettuce leaf / sugar flower). A large stone was rolled in front of the opening of the cave so that no-one could go inside (show (but don’t eat) the egg).

On Sunday morning, some of Jesus’ friends went to visit the tomb where He was buried. In those days, when someone died, people poured spices over the body (remember how the lady a few weeks ago poured perfume over Jesus to get Him ready for His death). Jesus’ friends, including a lady called Mary wanted to pour spices over Jesus (cinnamon lozenge).

Mary and her friends wondered how they would be able to roll away the large stone – it was too heavy for them to move! But they found when they got there, that the stone had been rolled away! (eat the egg)

The ladies looked inside the saw that Jesus wasn’t there! The only thing left behind was the cloths that had been wrapped around His body!

Mary was so sad (salted crisps again) – she wondered why someone had taken Jesus’ body away. She ran through the garden and bumped into someone… She looked up and saw that the person she has bumped into was JESUS! He was alive again! Mary was so happy! (Happy Face biscuit)

Jesus told her to tell everyone that He was alive again – Jesus is still alive today! He died and rose again to take away our sins so that we might one day be able to go to Heaven when we die to be with Him.

Sweet Prayers

Experience the Bible with a box of (wrapped) sweets!

Roses

LOOK: Look at the shiny wrapper of the sweet. It is bright and colourful – this sometimes reminds me of a King or Queen’s robes: colourful, grand and interesting.

The Bible says that God is “robed in majesty” (Psalm 93:1) – as you look at the sweet, give thanks that God is the King of all kings.

SMELL: Smell the sweet – do you like the smell?

The Bible says that Christians smell too! “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” (2 Corinthians 2:15) – this means that when we are in a situation, we should be helping people think about Jesus by what we say and do, the way a Yankee Candle will help people to think about whatever it’s meant to smell like, without that thing actually being there.

As you smell your sweet, ask God to help you to make people think about Jesus.

TASTE: Eat your sweet! It (hopefully) tastes good!

The Bible says that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…” (James 1:17). As you eat your sweet, give thanks to God for all the good things He has given you.

SOUND / TOUCH: Take the wrapper and crumple it up. As you look at the wrapper and feel the paper and hear the noise it makes, think about all the things you’ve done with your hands and said and seen and listened to that have been wrong. Tell God about these things and ask Him to forgive you.

The Bible says that “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12). Know that God has forgiven you and, as you put your wrapper in the bin, know that that’s what God has done as well.