In this challenge one competitor wears earphones playing music while the other contestant whispers a phrase to them selected from a stack of pre printed phrases. The competitor wearing the earphones has to try to guess what the phrase is. They switch places as play continues and hilarity ensues.
After all of your students have had a chance to play, ask something like:
What made this challenge difficult?
- A Zebra licked a DVD
- Blue is greener than purple for sure.
- I am pretending to be a tomato.
- I scream you scream we all scream for ice scream
- I stepped on a Corn Flake, now I’m a Cereal Killer.
- I love chubby little puppies.
- I’m addicted to youtubers
- I’m on a seafood diet. I see food, and I eat it.
- Life is like a box of chocolates
- May the odds be ever in your favor
- Never put a cat on your head.
- The banana has legs!
- The koala jumped over a turtle.
Items needed: Earphones and a phone or other device to connect to and play music.
Following Jesus is an abstract concept that can be difficult for even the most seasoned people to fully understand. This activity will help take the abstract and make it concrete helping students to put practical steps to what it means to follow Jesus.
Begin by cutting sheets of butcher paper into sections large enough for a student to stand on. Pair up students giving each pair a marker and two pieces of butcher paper. Then, ask students to stand on one of the sheets of paper and trace the other person’s feet.
Once students have their traced footprints ask them to take it and go to a quiet place (in the room or if you have the luxury of taking a trip outside, bring them into nature). Instruct them spend some time in prayer, asking God to tell them what God wants them to do either in big or small ways.
Tell them to use the foot tracing as a sort of prayer journal writing about how Jesus might be calling them to follow Him. Finish by giving the students an opportunity to share what they have written.
Items needed: large strip of butcher paper and markers.
You can get weekly free lessons (and over a year of curriculum) at our Worship Theme Lessons For Youth site.
Note to the Teacher
This Easter Sunday, We are going to look at the story through our lens of emotions. How does it make us feel? What emotions do we discover in the text itself, and how does it speak into our life today.Where have I seen God’s generosity?
Times are based on a 50-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.
|10 min||Pass around a bowl of jelly beans and have each student take a handful, but instruct them not to eat them quite yet. Have a list of questions that correspond with each color, and have the students go around answering the questions that correspond with the colors of jelly beans that they took. Below is a list of question possibilities. You may have to change them up a bit to match the color jelly beans that you have. |
Red: What is your favorite Easter memory?
Green: What is your least favorite Easter memory?
Yellow: What is your favorite kind of Easter candy?
Purple: What is your favorite church tradition during Lent/ Easter?
Orange: What is your favorite part of Easter dinner?
White: What is the weirdest thing you ever found in an Easter egg?
| 20 min||Read scripture and Discuss|
Have the students take turns reading the following scriptures out loud for the group.
Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, John 20:1-18
Discuss the following questions;
*What do these verses have in common?
*What do they have to say about how we should feel on Easter or because of the resurrection of Jesus?
*What did it take for Mary to realize and believe that it was Jesus she was talking to?
*What does it say about our own relationships with Jesus?
*What does Jesus’ death and resurrection mean to you personally?
*How does what you believe about Jesus and His resurrection change the way you live your life?
|20 min ||3. Activity|
Items needed: Large clear glass bowl, white fabric, small sheet of thin clear plastic, pitcher of water, iodine or food coloring, bleach, glass container to place bleach, spray starch
Prep: Cut out a cross shape from the white cloth. This has to be submerged in the water, so make sure you cut it to the appropriate size for that.Then cut another cross shape (the same size) from a piece of thin clear plastic.Use a paperclip or staple the two crosses together, so that the cloth retains its shape when wet. Spray the cloth cross with the starch and leave to dry.
Say Something Like:
In our culture, sometimes Easter becomes all about our belief in a bunny who brings us candy and treats on Easter morning, or it becomes focused on Easter eggs and Easter dinner with our families. While none of these are bad things, as followers of Jesus we know there is much more to it than that. Our belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus, that we celebrate at Easter is foundational to our faith lives.
Fill the bowl halfway with water and place the cross inside. As you do this, say something like, we believe that, though we may sin and sometimes make a mess of things, (add several drops of iodine or food coloring to the water in the bowl), and it is those very sins that held Jesus on the cross, (lift the cross slightly out of the water so students can see the color change), we hold firm to the belief that Jesus’ paid the price for our sins and His blood will wash us clean as snow. (Pour bleach from container into the bowl. The color should disappear from both the water and the cross). This is the hope that we have in the resurrection, forgiveness for the ways we mess things up and a promise for an eternal life. This is the good news of, not only Easter Sunday, but every day! That while Jesus was crucified and died the cross, He was resurrected, and because of that we can have eternal life!! And even though this is something we collectively believe, it is something deeply personal for each one of us as well. Just like Jesus called Mary’s name, He calls each of our names as well. What is left for us is to trust and believe.
*How does it make you feel to know that Jesus did this for you?
*Is there anything that is hard for you to believe about Jesus’ death and resurrection?
Allow each student some time in quiet reflection and prayer to consider those things that might hold them back from full belief in Jesus and the hope of Easter, and encourage them to spend some time giving those things up to God and letting go of them. This might be a good place for journals or paper and writing utensils for students who may like to write or draw out their prayers.
| ||Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then asking for a volunteer to close in prayer.|
|50 min ||Needed Materials:BucketsCandyCups & spoons|