Preparation for the session
Beforehand, practise together the different facial expressions the people in the story might have made, such as: grief, shock, fear, joy, excitement.
Tell the Easter story and encourage everyone to make the appropriate expression for that part of the story
Tell the story
It was early in the morning, on the first day of the week. Mary Magdalene and her friend, who was also called Mary, were on their way to Jesus’ tomb. As they drew near, they saw two guards sitting there.
Without warning, an angel came down from the sky like a bolt of lightning. He was dressed in dazzling white clothes*, and the earth shook as he landed and rolled back the stone at the entrance to the tomb.
The guards were terrified!* First, they shook with fear, and then they fainted. ‘Do not be afraid,’ the angel said to the two Marys. He was sitting on the stone. ‘I know who you’re looking for*. You came to see Jesus, who was killed on the cross. He isn’t here any more; he’s been raised from the dead. Come, and see where his body lay.’
The two Marys didn’t know what to think. They were both scared of the angel, and excited by what he said.* The angel continued speaking, ‘When you have seen that Jesus is gone, go and tell the disciples the news. Jesus will go ahead of them to Galilee, and they will see him there.’
Still frightened, but also full of joy, the women ran from the tomb to find the disciples. They didn’t get far, though, because suddenly, Jesus was there, standing in front of them. ‘Greetings!’ said Jesus. The women fell to the ground, took hold of Jesus’ feet and worshipped him Jesus spoke again. ‘Do not be afraid,’ he said. ‘Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee They will see me there.’
Talk together with children
- What was the most amazing part of the story?
- How do you think you would feel if you were one of the women
who visited the tomb?
- How can we share the good news that Jesus is alive?
Play a game to share the joy of Easter
You will need: masking tape, solid eggs (wooden, chocolate or hard-boiled), wooden spoons.
- Use masking tape to mark out lanes on the floor, for players to race in, and add start and finish lines.
- Give everyone an egg and a wooden spoon. Ask the children to kneel behind the starting line, placing their egg on the line.
- When the race begins, players use their spoon to gently guide the egg along their lane to the finishing line.
- Players must remain on their knees and only tap their own egg.
The emoji Bible
Invite those with mobile phones to look at emojis and either draw them on paper or use them within a message on their phones to create a storyboard. Find suitable emoji images to represent each key point and create a sequence of emojis to tell the Easter story. When everyone has finished, invite people to share their stories with each other.
Alternatively, print and complete this activity sheet
Photograph your work and send it back to email@example.com to be included in next week's service. You will receive your star.