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Massive Easter resource: hard copy or digital download

 

Kids.splatontheweb.org : brand new resource for kids Christian homework questions

Brand new resource for kids homework questions about the Christian faith

If you have kids in school and want to find out about the Christian faith, there’s not a lot of information around.  Some of it is old fashioned and boring.  So we thought we would try to put it right.  Tell us if we got it right! The site is new but expanding rapidly.  We are aiming to have a complete Easter resource including history, stories and pictures by Easter. http://kids.splatontheweb.org/

Easter Cracked is the Scripture Union resource for Easter and you can now get it as a digital download (processed the day AFTER you purchased it, usually – see notes on the digital download link).  That means that even if you can’t get to the shops you can get sorted pretty quickly.

There are Easter sermons, Easter assembly ideas, Easter crafts, Dramas for Easter, Games, Stories.  Suitable services for all-ages as well as materials for both older and younger children.

HARD COPY BOOK ONLINE PURCHASE LINK <click here>

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD LINK <click here>

Here’s a sample of the contents pages – further details at the bottom of the post.

Easter events

  • Passover picnic – younger children
  • Celebration meal – low key evangelism
  • Cracking easter – presentation for junior school children
  • Easter corners – meditation for children on holy week
  • Bread of the world – worship for early easter morning
  • Good friday walks – outdoor meditation

Short talks for all ages

  • What are kings like
  • meal to remember
  • following Jesus Example
  • Cross words
  • From hate to love
  • Can you believe what you see
  • Easter E.g.g.

Drama

  • lets take part (younger children)
  • I was there
  • meetings with mary (children)
  • Angel story
  • Shadow of doubt (mime using shadow play)
  • Paid on the nail
  • A bug’s (after)life – allegory

Stories

  • One special day
  • donkeys story
  • one special night (last supper)
  • missing piece
  • Jesus feels sad
  • view from the hill
  • Uncover the truth
  • jesus explains
  • Easter garden story
  • mary meditation
  • just the facts (story activity 11-14’s)

Craft

  • Easter frieze
  • Get the flags out
  • Praise scarves
  • Waving palms
  • Gliettery poster (younger children)
  • Easter egg glory
  • Son rise painting
  • Groups Easter garden
  • Easter message
  • Easter tree
  • Rolled away
  • Fold-up card (older children)
  • Small easter garden
  • donkey in a spin
  • Palm crosses
  • Easter basket
  • Son rise (stand up easter card)

All-age Easter services

  • Here comes our King
  • Remember remember
  • Journey’s end
  • Totally eclispsed
  • The greatest story ever told
  • A cracking time

Assembly material for Easter

  • Jesus comes back to life
  • What are you like (key stage 2)
  • Egg race (key stage 3)

Creative prayer ideas

Games

Cookery

Quizzes

Puzzles

  • Easter wordsearch
  • Garden anguish
  • Spot the difference
  • Easter ‘Who’s Who?’
  • Easter numbers
  • Easter Crossword

Songs, Rhymes and raps

  • For younger children
  • For adults or all ages

Quotes and anecdotes

Phew!  Loads.  Click the link at the top of this post to go straight to either the digital download or else the hardcopy of the book.  If you would like to see what each title relates to THIS LINK will provide you with a PDF scan of the contents pages with the descriptions, rather than just the headings that I have just provided you with. (File size approx 4mb)

Please note: whilst I do work for Scripture Union, I don’t get any extra money for recommending this resource.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/pDlJe-5L

March 24, 2010 at 11:44 am 1 comment

Easter assembly ideas listing

I have written four Easter assembly ideas: here’s a list of them in one place.

Plastic Easter eggs – the story of Jesus is contained in an egg hunt

Power point for Easter school service or sermon outline

A no prop assembly outline for Easter resources, based on losing communication

Easter service or  ideas and assembly talk for Easter using a ‘raw’ chocolate coated egg

If you want loads more ideas, then don’t forget to check out the Easter assembly, sermon and games ideas from Easter Cracked.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/pDlJe-5G

March 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

Easter or Palm Sunday assembly ideas: using a chocolate egg

 

Kids.splatontheweb.org : brand new resource for kids Christian homework questions

Brand new resource for kids homework questions about the Christian faith

If you have kids in school and want to find out about the Christian faith, there’s not a lot of information around.  Some of it is old fashioned and boring.  So we thought we would try to put it right.  Tell us if we got it right! The site is new but expanding rapidly.  We are aiming to have a complete Easter resource including history, stories and pictures by Easter. http://kids.splatontheweb.org/

This chocolate egg Easter assembly or sermon doesn’t use your run of the mill chocolate egg, you need to use an egg you paint in chocolate.  You can use it for during Holy week or on Easter day – that is Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday.

The assembly is about surprise, and not eggs-pecting what happens.

Assembly outline and resources:

Preparation
You will need:

  • 1 raw small egg (cream egg sized)
  • 1 Cadbury’s cream egg
  • 1 bar of cooking chocolate
  • 1 Bain-Marie : put a perspex glass bowl on top of a simmering sauce pan of water
  • Egg box (optional)
  • Cake rack (optional)
  • Wooden spoon
  • 4 cards printed with ‘we eggs-pected that’
  • 4 cards printed with ‘we didn’t eggs-pect that’

Put the chocolate in the Bain-Marie and melt it.  Coat one half of the raw egg in the melted chocolate, let it set on the cake rack, then coat the other half.  You might need two or three coats to get this right.

Unwrap the cream egg and eat it (well, there has to be a benefit somewhere!). Do this carefully because you need the foil entact.  Wrap the raw/chocolate egg carefully in the wrapper.  Put the egg in the egg box.  If  you are doing this in a few schools you could set up a whole box full of the things!

Outline

Start the assembly or Easter sermon by announcing that you have a chocolate egg in your box that has been laid by a chocolate chicken.  Of course no one will believe you.

Take out the egg, and they will believe you even less, a good opportunity for some fun.  Unwrap the egg and point out that it really is a chocolate egg and you must assume that it came from a chocolate chicken.  Ask if it isn’t a chocolate chicken, then what is inside it.  The kids will of course tell you that it is sugary creamy stuff.

Say that you will come back to the egg.

Invite 8 children up, and divide them into pairs.  Give one of each of the cards to the pair (i.e.expected that/didn’t expect that to each pair)

Explain that each pair of children represents the different people who were around in Jesus’ day.

  • The Romans, who were the ones who ruled the country and told people what to do
  • The teachers of the law who thought they were in charge of the people, and didn’t like Jesus
  • The people of Jerusalem – Israelites
  • The disciples

Have the pairs of children stand across the front of the assembly hall or church.

Encourage the children to help you decide who expected what in the following story.  Pause at the end of each paragraph for a response, and try to memorize it rather than read it from a script!  Go along each pair of people and touch the shoulder of the person of each pair who should respond by reading the card they are holding.  Bear in mind that writing this down is a lot dryer than the fun you can have with this.  Directions below in italics.

On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey.

The Romans didn’t expect that, everyone else did.  They thought kings rode horses.  But the people did as they saw Jesus as the new king from the prophecies who would get rid of the Romans, and ancient kings rode donkeys, not horses.

All the people shouted out ‘save us, save us!’

The Romans didn’t expect that.  The teachers of the law didn’t expect that.  Everyone else did.

The teachers of the law were unhappy, ‘we must get rid of Jesus’ they muttered.  Then they told Jesus to tell the people to be quiet. ‘I can’t’ said Jesus, ‘if I did, even the stones would call out!’

No one expected that

The people were excited, but after just 5 days, the Romans were still there.  They were unhappy, they thought something was going to happen, and it didn’t.

The Romans and disciples and teachers of the law expected that.  The people didn’t.

Then on the Friday, Jesus was killed.  He had done nothing wrong, but the teachers of the law made everyone not like Jesus by winding them up.

The Romans didn’t expect that.  The disciples didn’t expect that.  All the people did.  And the teachers of the law were really happy.

But on Easter day, Jesus came alive by God’s power!

No one expected that.

Now go back to your chocolate egg.  Ask what people expect will happen if you break the egg open. (use the perspex bowl to break the egg into)

You hopefully will get surprise.  Explain that we all expect certain things to happen, and when Jesus was killed, everyone expected him to stay dead.  But he didn’t. Explain that you believe that Jesus is alive today, and that everyone who believes in Jesus and follows his teaching will be brought back from being dead, by God’s power, in the same way.  Ask if anyone expected that.

March 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm 5 comments

Easter assembly ideas: lost communication

 

Kids.splatontheweb.org : brand new resource for kids Christian homework questions

Brand new resource for kids homework questions about the Christian faith

If you have kids in school and want to find out about the Christian faith, there’s not a lot of information around.  Some of it is old fashioned and boring.  So we thought we would try to put it right.  Tell us if we got it right! The site is new but expanding rapidly.  We are aiming to have a complete Easter resource including history, stories and pictures by Easter. http://kids.splatontheweb.org/

This is a very simple option for your Easter assembly ideas as it takes no props.  Based on the idea of losing a mobile phone signal being like the experience of loss of the disciples.  So this could work in two parts: Good Friday you could tell the first half, Easter day the other half.  Or of course just use it in your Easter school service!

Don’t forget there are tons more resources in the book, Easter cracked <click here for more details>

Props:None!

Ask if anyone has experienced talking to someone that they really care about on the mobile phone, about something important, and then they lose the signal.  I do it something like this.

The other day I was on the train travelling up from London when I called my wife.  ‘Hi wife’ I said.  And we started talking about some important things.  All about what we were planning for the weekend.  And then we started talking about one of the problems that we had to sort out when, would you believe it, the phone suddenly made a funny noise.  I couldn’t hear her anymore.

Have you even had that?  Maybe you were talking to you mum or dad on the phone or someone else, and suddenly you can’t talk to them.  You might start jumping up and down (here I act it out – humour is important to my ‘style’, but you might be different.).  You know what I mean?  Maybe if I stick my finger in my ear.  Or perhaps if I climb up really high (I do this too).  But no, it won’t help.

Can anyone tell me what they think has happened?

Wait to get some sort of response.  (The basic idea is that you have lost the signal, you are unable to talk to them.)  And if it’s someone you care about, say your mum or dad or a brother or sister who is away, and you really want to talk to them, how does it feel?

That’s what happened to the disciples.  They had spent three years with Jesus, and suddenly he was gone.  The teachers of the law, and the people who didn’t follow Jesus, had lied about Jesus and Jesus, who did nothing wrong, was killed.  Jesus’ disciples couldn’t talk to him anymore.  Just like the lost signal.

And one of the saddest people was Mary.  Not Mary his mum, another Mary, one of the women who had been a follower of Jesus.  She was very upset.

She went to the tomb early on Sunday morning to sort out Jesus body.  In those days they buried people in caves in the hill side, and rolled great big stones across the front of them.  Then their friends would put oil and perfume on the body so that it wouldn’t smell.  It was a mark of respect for a dead person, and part of the burial.  But because of the time of night when Jesus died, the disciples who took his dead body down from the cross hadn’t had time to put the oil on it.  Just time to put the body in the cave.

So Mary had gone back on that Sunday morning to sort things out…

Only the stone in front of the cave had been rolled away!  And Jesus body wasn’t there any more!  She was really upset, not only had she lost her friend who she could talk to, but now she didn’t know where the body was.  She sat down and started to cry.

But then, someone stood behind her.  She turned round, and through her tears she thought the person she saw was the gardner.  ‘Please,’ she asked, ‘Where have they taken Jesus’ body?’

‘Mary!’ the man replied.  Suddenly Mary realised it was Jesus.  It was jus like when your mobile phone suddenly starts working again and you can talk to the person you love!

Jesus was alive, and Mary could talk to him again.

Prayer

To finish this easy Easter assembly, take a moment or two thinking with the children what it would have been like to have lost the chance to talk with Jesus, and then what it would have been like to be talking with him again.  Then a prayer something like this.

“Dear Lord, you are always there to hear us when we pray, you promise that.  You promise that you are always with us.  Please help us this Easter to remember that you are alive and always with us.  Amen.”

March 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm 2 comments

Easter assembly idea: free powerpoint and images to use

 

Kids.splatontheweb.org : brand new resource for kids Christian homework questions

Brand new resource for kids homework questions about the Christian faith

If you have kids in school and want to find out about the Christian faith, there’s not a lot of information around.  Some of it is old fashioned and boring.  So we thought we would try to put it right.  Tell us if we got it right! The site is new but expanding rapidly.  We are aiming to have a complete Easter resource including history, stories and pictures by Easter. http://kids.splatontheweb.org/

I did a set of pictures a couple of years ago and a number of people use them as part of the contemplation of  Easter in their assemblies and Easter reflection.  I guess you could use them in church as part of your Easter service ideas on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  Though I would suggest Easter Sunday you could use the plastic Easter eggs outline.  The images are free to use, but please credit me where possible.

Here’s a sample of a picture from the download.

Jesus and pilate illustration

You can download the full powerpoint <HERE…> Note: 6Mb download | right click and choose ‘save target as…’ then save it somewhere where you will remember


The copyright information to supply is as follows:

This powerpoint is free to use and distribute in digital form.  Wherever the images or powerpoint is used please display an in-text link to www.onegraydot.com and a link to www.assemblyideas.wordpress.com. -but you can do this discreetly!

You may post these images on websites individually if you wish, with a copy of these links.  Many thanks.  No use may be made of these images may be made for financial gain without the permission of the artist, Andrew Gray.  Please contact andyg@onegraydot.co.uk

The link above should look something like this:

Christian illustrator

If you use them in a school and you have a website (could be a church or personal blog etc), please put a link from your site to mine, just to show credit.  This won’t cost you anything, but does wonders for my search rankings!

If you are a school, then just credit is fine on the display.

If you aren’t sure, email me.  Certainly don’t let it stop you using them!

One use that I have used of these pictures in the past is to print them off and then give groups of children the separate images in envelopes as packs.  I give the children the chance to put the story together as they think it should be, then I tell the story to see if they got it in the right order.  You can also use it after the main story and give the children a chance to tell each other the story.

I usually use the resurrection in the DVD miracle maker story too.

Final thing you can do with the pictures is to copy and paste them into a bookmark form in the right order, like a film strip, to give to the children individually to take home from an Easter service.  In fact I think that’s a good idea, and I am going to go and price it up myself now!

(post script: I will be updating the onegraydot website shortly to wordpress!)

Shortlink : http://wp.me/pDlJe-5a

March 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm 2 comments

Easter school service idea with Plastic Easter Eggs

 

Kids.splatontheweb.org : brand new resource for kids Christian homework questions

Brand new resource for kids homework questions about the Christian faith

If you have kids in school and want to find out about the Christian faith, there’s not a lot of information around.  Some of it is old fashioned and boring.  So we thought we would try to put it right.  Tell us if we got it right! The site is new but expanding rapidly.  We are aiming to have a complete Easter resource including history, stories and pictures by Easter. http://kids.splatontheweb.org/

Easter eggs sermon ideas!

This is an assembly or event with a difference which I quite liked.  It’s a good opportunity to get your school involved with the process too.

If you are having an Easter service which involves the whole primary school coming to your church then this is just one of a host of ideas that you could link in with.   I particularly like it because it also involves using one of my all time favourate resources: plastic easter eggs!

To get the schools invovled, I would suggest giving part of the story (points below) to each class to think about before the service.  Don’t tell them all the story of Easter, some may know it already.  Instead, let them concentrate on just the one part of it that you give them.  The class teacher can help them to consider how they might create a ‘station’ that would represent that part of the story.

A ready made suggestion can be found at the Gloucester Diocese website (Manchester have now bought into this too) – look about halfway down the page for ‘Experience Easter’.  Pictures! >>>>

Going on from this, you could also create an Easter egg hunt with a difference.

You will need some plastic craft Easter eggs which are very cheap.  One for each child

  • Some foil covered miniature Easter eggs
  • A piece of bread
  • A coin – a penny will do
  • Purple cloth
  • Thorn – I will outline a ‘rose’ idea in a moment too for a sermon, but if you can’t get a thorn from some roses, or off a local hawthorn bush, then a triangle of brown card will suffice
  • Thick string
  • A small cross – you can make these out of fimo and then bake in the oven.
  • A nail
  • A spear – you could get some of those very small pencils, or better, sharpen (carefully) matches
  • Rock

You need to put each of these items into the eggs.  The chocolate eggs can either be left at the back of the church, handed around when the collection goes around, or even hidden in the eggs along with the items.  Personally, I like the last idea!

As each egg is opened one person gets the chocolate.  Make sure therefore there are enough eggs for everyone in the congregation, particularly the children!

Choose the stations or areas around the church to hide eggs of the same kind.  When you hide the eggs you will have to make sure that all the eggs with ‘nails’ for eggsample are in one area and don’t get mixed up with eggs from another.   Get into groups of no more than 9.   When you send the children/adults out for an egg hunt, make sure that you are clear that one person from each group goes to one place so that when the group comes back together they will have eggs filled one with each item on the list.  You might want to give a list out to each group of what they are supposed to end up with! If you have less than 9 in the group someone will have to get more than one, leave it to the group to coordinate who goes where.

When everyone has an egg, they should go back to their group and start opening their eggs – and of course eating the chocolate.

They will have a range of things now in front of them.  Give the group a little while to talk together and try to work out what each of the the items symbolise and where they are in the story.  With the help of the adults, get them to share the story about what happens.

For a prayer time, play some music and show (if you can) the text with some suitable images from the following link.  http://www.rainbowcastle.org/resurrectioneggs.html which can be read by one of the children.  Encourage everyone to look at the items in front of them and see which ones relate to which part of the story.

Sermon

I personally wouldn’t be too fussed about a sermon here, it is sometimes enough to just to this.  But if you do want to do a quick talk then produce a red rose.  The rose should have had all it’s thorns removed.  Pass the rose around and ask people what is wrong with it.  Most won’t realise that the thorns have been taken off. Encourage them, perhaps by saying ‘what is missing’ to think what is wrong with it.  Ask why roses have thorns (protection from animals trying to eat it.)

Point out that a red rose is often seen a symbol of love, or caring for someone.  But a real rose always has thorns.  It’s wrong to think that love is always sweet and soppy.  Sometimes it can be.  But love is also sometimes painful – think of if you have lost someone you care about, or your favourate pet has died, or even if you lose your teddy bear! (this is real for many young children, please don’t dismiss this last comment)

The greatest love shown by anyone was Jesus, who died for us so that we could know father God.  Like a rose has painful thorns, the love that he showed had pain right along side it.  But his death took away all the wrong things that we have done to God.  How do we know?  Because Jesus promised us life in all it’s fullness leading to eternal life.  And proved it: he himself was resurected which means by God’s power he was brought back to life from the dead.  But his death was painful.  In fact he wore a crown of thorns.

So next time you think of the loveliness of a rose, remember the thorns, and remember the crown of thorns that Jesus wore, and how he showed the love that God has for us by dying and rising again from the dead which shows us that we can have life forever with him.

Want a load more ideas?  I got creative and posted a load of ideas of what to do with your plastic Easter eggs over on hubpages. (apologies if some odd ads come up: they are beyond my control!)

Go to http://hubpages.com/hub/Plastic-Easter-Eggs-ideas

Shortlink: http://wp.me/pDlJe-4R

February 23, 2010 at 11:41 am 4 comments


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