4 April 2021
Bible readings for today
God of new beginnings,
your resurrection brought darkness into the fullness of your light;
shed that light into the dark places of our lives,
that we may grasp the promise of eternity
and live as your resurrection people,
created, redeemed and empowered through you.
For you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
The aim of today is to understand that Jesus rose from the dead and brings us hope of new life in him, and that something happy and wonderful can come out of something very sad.
Scripture Union NZ
The rocks will cry out: Palm Sunday
The Mercy Tree: Good Friday
The Colours of Easter: Easter Sunday
Breakfast on the Beach: Jesus appears to the disciples
Easter: Not your typical Love Story
A resource produced by the Presbytry of South Australia in 2013, but ties really well with this year's lectionary readings (on a 3 year cycle), so this may be helpful in planning intergenerational worship
The kit includes: general notes about planning intergenerational worship; Bible texts about love, a Bible study for adults and teens, a puppet sketch, a colouring page for children and a sample worship format.
Not Your Typical Love Story (669 kb PDF)
I wonder questions
Easter Egg Relay Race
This is a great game for people of all ages; children and adults can both be accommodated easily.
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For our craft activity today we are going to make bead crosses which you can take home and hang up somewhere, or wear to remind you that God loves you, even you, always, even when you forget about Him, He never forgets about you!
The Easter Story Cross
Easter story sequence cards to colour, cut out and paste into the form of a cross. Found on the Teachers Pay Teachers website (you'll need to sign up for a free account) here
Danielle's Place website has a page dedicated to making different cross crafts, including:
Hand printed cross
This activity could be done on a large sheet of newsprint paper, to include everyone's handprints on the one sheet, or each child could have their own smaller piece of paper to make a cross. It could be done as described, with the hands forming a cross, or in reverse, with the handprints providing the background to a white cross (as per the pictures below).
Craft idea was taken from this website
"PAINTED HAND PRINTS: Spread some paint on each child's one hand and let them place their painted hand print on a poster board and all the hands need to be in a formation of a cross when the prints are completed. When I did this activity, I did these cross-formation-hand-prints on our class room wall for decoration. The kids loved it and enjoyed it for years!"
Papier Mache Tombs
Note: These tombs take a long time to dry. If possible, children should take them home still wet on their paper plate. Those that are left will be dry by the following week.
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