Learn what our kids did Good Friday and Easter Sunday
We chose to use Good Friday as a time of teaching & reflection. We began with leading the kids in a time of worship, praising our Savior by singing & lifting their hands to the One Who paid it all. After that I shared that Christ took on the punishment that we deserve by using science. I took a penny, which represented us, them, everyone on planet earth and I laid it on a glass plate and poured colored water over it, representing our sin. I placed a candle in the middle of it and lit it, sharing that this represents Christ Who is the Light of the world. He came to show us the way to heaven. Then I took a mason jar and placed it over the candle representing what took place when Jesus suffered and died on the cross to save us from our sin. As I did this the kids could see the colored water (sin) being sucked up in the jar, and the flame being extinguished, signifying the full impact of what happened when Christ took on our sin. I shared, “It was a horrible death and Christ laid in the tomb (grave) for three days, but guess what; Sunday is coming, and we will soon celebrate, because God does not let Jesus stay in that tomb!”
Captain Mike took the kids on a Treasure Hunt, where they were read passages in Matthew about Treasure that lasts. By the time that the last clue and passage, even Captain Mike was captured by the sweet gift of Christ. The kids found the treasure of course, and chose a treasure to keep, and one to give away. We teach them that our treasures were never meant to keep to ourselves, that is why the first thing Jesus did when he came back from the grave was to give His disciples this message:
Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Yes, without recognizing the sacrifice it is impossible to fully grasp the resurrection, even for 1st-6th graders.
Easter Sunday was similar, but we were a little surprised to see so many visitors. We had 40 baby’s in the nursery during the first Service, just take a moment to visualize that….and then be sure and say thank you to our nursery team, because they were amazing!
The kids all hunted for Easter eggs of course, but before the Hunt they all received a message, which was that Easter is beyond a bunny! It’s not about a bunny, it’s about The Lamb. The Easter Message was shown by children who reacting the story of Jesus death and resurrection, it was so sweet!
They are a gift to be treasured, each child created a Lamb to remind them of The Lamb of God, who took their sins away!
By Shane Heldman