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Old 03-25-2004, 08:52 AM
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Here is one thing that I like to do with the children's church in preparation of
Easter morning. We study about the last appearance of Jesus and him going
up to heaven. To represent this, I use helium filled balloons. We go outside
and release the balloons and watch as they disappear out of site, just a Jesus
did. Even the children will stand there for minutes watching where they last saw
the balloons, just as they stood watch where Jesus went. And someday Jesus
will return this same way. You could tie notes on to the balloons, and the person
who finds it will get a blessing from it as well.

Here is a creative way to impress the cross into the hearts of your children
and teach them what Easter is really about - not chocolate or the Easter Bunny.
It appeals to the senses of taste, smell, hearing and sight - your children will
remember better this way. This would make a great family devotional time or
activity to follow-up to your devotional earlier in the week

1 c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 c. sugar
Other Supplies:
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
waxed paper

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F Place pecans in zipper baggy and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1-tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1-c. sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read ISA.1: 18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9.


Mosaic Crosses

Make mosaic crosses by gluing colored foam shapes to a foam cross.

The Jelly Bean Prayer
(give each child a small bag of jellybeans with one of each color)

Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Blue is for the sins we made.
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for His hour of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans colorful and sweet,
Is a prayer, is a promise, is a special treat.

The Resurrection of Jesus

The story of Jesus tells us of Jesus's greatest miracle. He rose form the dead. Read the story to the children and have them follow along with the actions.

Some men in power hated Jesus (Children shake fists in anger.)

He was arrested. They placed a crown, made from thorns, on his head. (Children place hands on top of head, cupped like a crown.)

They placed Him on a cross to die. Friends took His body and placed it in a tomb. (Children stretch out arms and look towards sky.)

A large stone was placed over the opening ot the tomb. (Children sit on floor quietly.)

On Easter morning some women went to the tomb. The heavy stone was gone. An angel was there and said, "Jesus has gone! He is alive! Go and tell His disciples He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him." (Children jump up smiling, filled with joy.)

Jesus stayed on Earth for several days so His disciples could see Him and know God was really His Father. Then one day while He was talking to the disciples, He disappeared into the clouds. God took Him back to heaven.

That is how we know Jesus was God's Son. That is why we love and worship Jesus on Easter morning and on every day of our lives. Jesus lived on Earth to tell people about His Father in heaven.

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Countdown To Easter:

Using 12 plastic eggs that can be opened and filled, either you give a basket with all 12 eggs (label each with the number of the day, i.e. Day 12, Day 11) , or give one egg each day to be opened. (Day 1 is "Easter Day", so start 11 days before Easter with "Day 12")

Day 12 = Place a cracker or small piece of cracker inside the first egg with a slip of paper explaining how this symbolizes the bread & wine of the Last Supper. (Putting in the appropriate Bible verse/verses for the contents of each egg would REALLY be neat and SUCH a "reinforcing learning tool", too!)

Day 11 = Place 3 dimes to symbolize the "30 pieces of silver" that Judus received to betray Jesus.

Day 10 = Place a toy soldier or picture of a soldier to symbolize the soldier who arrested Jesus.

Day 9 = Place a "feather" to symbolize the **** rooster that crowed 3 times.

Day 8 = Place a die or a couple of dice to symbolize the "lots that were cast" for Jesus's clothing.

Day 7 = Place a "thorn" in to symbolize the "crown of thorns" that Jesus wore.

Day 6 = Place a "sponge" in to symbolize the sponge that was dipped in vinegar when Jesus said, "I thirst".

Day 5 = Place a "piece of cloth" in to symbolize the cloth that Joseph wrapped the body of Jesus in.

Day 4 = Place a "piece of black paper or black cloth" into the egg to symbolize the "shadow of darkness" that covered the Earth.

Day 3 = Place a "cross" inside to symbolize the cross on which Jesus was crucified.

Day 2 = Place a "rock" inside the egg to symbolize the stone that was rolled away.

Day 1 = EASTER MORNING! This egg will be "empty" to symbolize the tomb that was empty, that Jesus was "risen" !!

... Be sure to write the symbolization description and appropriate Bible verses on slips of paper to go into each of the eggs.

Finger play: Jesus is Alive!

Pretty flowers blooming, see how they grow. (Children crouch low, stretching arms up. Rise slowly.)

Pretty flowers coming up. Jesus is alive we know. (Children point toward heaven.)

Hear the church bells ringing Jesus is alive we know. (Hands locked together, swing arms as a clapper.)

Let's shout the good news Everywhere we go. (Cup hands around mouth and children join leader in calling out.)

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Old 03-31-2004, 11:26 AM
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Sugar Eggs

These are a lot of fun to make so you might want to start early
because you'll want to make many Sugar Eggs!
What you need:

Large egg
Egg white from one large egg ( save the yolk for cooking)
1 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
Small plastic figure from craft store, or a photo
Milk lid
Wax paper
What you do:

Use a large needle to open the side of the egg. Break off tiny
pieces of the eggshell with your fingers until there is an oval
opening in the egg. Separate the egg white from the yolk. Put
the egg white in a small bowl. Carefully rinse the eggshell with
water. Let dry completely.
To make the sugar frosting, add the powdered sugar to the egg
white and mix well. use a mixer and add food coloring if you want
a colorful egg.
Lay the wax paper on your work surface. Carefully holding the egg
in your hand, spread the frosting all over the outside using the
wish to use a different color here. After you are done decorating
your egg with the sugar frosting let the egg set for 2 days. Make
sure to leave the egg in a place where it is sure not to be disturbed.
Dip the bottom of the small plastic figure ( or the photo) in glue
and set it inside the egg. Spread a little glue inside the egg.
Shake in glitter. It will stick to the glue, and you can shake the
extra glitter out of the egg.
Use a butter knife to trim the extra frosting from the milk lid.
Glue a ribbon around the milk lid base.

Note: One egg white makes 1/2 cup of sugar frosting which is enough
to make 6 sugar eggs.
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