It’s Easter!

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Use this Easter meeting to involve young people in your
group with each other, exploring biblical accounts of new life and
in a creative Easter celebration.

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The high point of a Christian’s year is Easter. Christ’s triumph
over death is the once-for-all victory. For preteens, Easter can be
a memorable day because of the celebration of new life — Christ’s
and their own.

Objectives

Preteens will:

  • explore biblical accounts of Christ’s Resurrection after
    experiencing a Bible Easter egg hunt;
  • discuss the importance of resurrection stories for their daily
    lives; and
  • celebrate their own and Christ’s Resurrection.

What You’ll Need

  • Materials for the art projects you choose to do in activity #4
    (see activity #4 for a listing of materials)
  • Favorite Easter songs
  • For every four to six kids, a large sheet of newsprint, a
    marker, a roll of masking tape, an “Easter Bible Study
    Instructions” handout, four to six slips of paper with Matthew
    28:1-15, Mark 5:35-43, Mark 16:1-8 or 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
    written on them (the Bible passages will divide the group into
    small groups; if you have more than 24 group members, repeat the
    same verses on different-colored slips of paper)
  • For each person, a Bible and an egg-shaped container (plastic
    or tin).

Before Class

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  • Read the meeting and collect supplies.
  • Ask someone to bring refreshments.
  • Prepare the eggs: Insert the slips of paper with the Bible
    passages into the eggs — one per egg. Make sure you have enough
    eggs for each person to have one, and that the Bible passages (and
    perhaps colors of paper) will divide the group into small groups of
    four to six.
  • Hide the eggs.

The Lesson

1. A Bible Easter Egg Hunt — When your
preteens have arrived, invite them to hunt for the hidden Easter
eggs. Each person is to pick up only one egg. After everyone has
found an egg and removed the Scripture passage, ask kids to get
into small groups by finding other group members who have the same
Scripture passage (or color of paper). Make sure there’s an adult
sponsor in each group.

2. Easter Bible Study — Hand out Bibles for
everyone. Give each small group a large sheet of newsprint, a
marker, a roll of masking tape and an “Easter Bible Study
Instructions” handout. Tell kids to do what the handout says.

3. Large Group Reports — Once each small group
has completed its Scripture study, bring everyone together. Ask
each small group to take turns sharing the following information
with the large group:

  • An outline of the events in the Scripture passage.
  • The most important phrase or sentence in the Scripture
    passage.
  • Two important meanings the Scripture passage has for their
    lives.

4. Easter Celebrations — Point out that the
preteens have been sharing their faith orally in both the small and
large group. Next they can share their faith visually. Have kids
get back into their small groups. Encourage small groups to use the
passages they just studied as the springboard for the visual
presentation of the Easter theme. Ask groups to first discuss what
they want to say through their art form before they begin creating
it.

Some options:

A mobile of resurrection symbols or
pictures.

Materials: Wire coat hangers, doweling, string
or thread, balsa wood or cardboard for symbols, Easter pictures
with cardboard backing, glue, old Sunday school leaflets, a
single-edged razor blade for balsa wood, pliers for coat hangers,
scissors for cardboard and pictures.

  • An Easter banner. Materials: A large piece of
    felt or other material for the banner; a piece of doweling for the
    top of the banner; pieces of felt, colored yarn, glue, needle and
    thread, scissors.
  • An Easter collage. Materials: Photo magazines,
    Sunday school fliers, worship service bulletin covers, a large
    piece of cardboard, glue, scissors, poster paper.
  • An Easter hymn. Kids could use an existing
    melody or compose their own music to fit original lyrics.

“EASTER BIBLE STUDY” INSTRUCTIONS

  • Look up your scripture passage in the Bible and read it.
  • Tape your sheet of newSprint onto the wall.
  • Outline the events in the story on newsprint. Ask someone In
    your group to tell the story to the entire group later.
  • Decide which is the most important phrase or sentence in your
    Scripture passage. Choose someone in your group to read it to the
    entire group later.
  • Have each person again quietly read the section of Scripture
    and consider what meaning this Scripture has for his or her
    personal life. (How does it encourage, comfort, or reassure you?)
    Have each person tell his or her thoughts in the small group.
  • As a group, complete this sentence to tell to the total group:
    “Two important meanings this Scripture has for our lives are . .
    .”
  • Choose someone to report your sentence completion to the total
    group.

5. Closing — Bring the groups together. Ask
each small group to share its art with the other groups and explain
its meaning. Invite prayers from the group relating to the Easter
theme. Sing favorite Easter songs. Serve refreshments.

6. Artwork Display — Consider displaying the
art forms in the church. Incorporate the art forms into the
congregation’s Easter worship services.

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