EASTER 2021

A Tale of Three Trees

By Angela Elwell Hunt

Psalm 8:1 How majestic is Your name.

Preschool Series - ALIVE

After Jesus rose from the dead, he spent time visiting people and spending a little more time with his disciples. In this series, kids will hear stories of Jesus and his friends after he rose from the dead. This series is about Jesus after death, and children will be reminded that Jesus is alive forever!

The Story of Easter - Jesus' Sacrifice

from Luke 24

Puzzle Cut Up

Key Verse Puzzle.pdf

EASTER - Flipbook

The Easter Story Flipbook.pdf

Sing and Dance!

Time to Colour!

Wk 2 - Alive.pdf
Wk 2 - Believe.pdf

Jesus is alive!

March Series: LUKE - RESCUE

Jesus came to show us God's love and set up his kingdom. We see that in his life. We also see it in his death. In Jesus' death, we see an unassuming rescue. Jesus saves us from sin and death. He rescues us from a life of selfishness, loneliness, and sin to an eternal life with God. Jesus came to rescue the lost. To be a light in the darkness. He came to save us from sin, show us God's love, and set up his kingdom. We are forgiven. We are loved. We are rescued.

Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of Him, all our sins have been forgiven.

Colossians 1:14

K - Grade 3

Conversation starters...

Which jobs involve people rescuing others? (e.g., firefighter, paramedic, lifeguard, ski patrol, forest ranger)

What do they rescue people from?

Let's talk about it!

What is the Key Verse for this series?

Colossians 1:14

What was the Life Story about in today’s video?

Heather is a firefighter who saves lives. However, on her first mission she was the one rescued by a fellow crew member!

What was the God Story about?

The Rescue, Luke 24:1–34

How do you think these two stories and today’s Big Idea connect?

Big Idea: Jesus rescued us!

Make a door hanger

Why do we celebrate Easter?

What are we excited or happy about today?

  1. Find some cardstock or cardboard and make a door-hanger cut out.

  2. Gather markers for colouring.

  3. Use tape to create a cross on the cutout (see sample below).

  4. Colour over top of and around the taped cross.

  5. Peel off the tape.

  6. Write something in the white area of the cross, such as “Jesus rescued me”, “rescue”, “love”, or “Jesus is alive!”

Grades 4-6

Conversation starters...

What sorts of images come to mind when you hear the word “rescue”?

Why do you think you picture those things?

Jesus’ death and resurrection changed the world! He moves us from being separated from God by sin to being able to cozy up with our heavenly father without any barriers.

What do you do when you get excited about something? (e.g., cheer, holler, dance, scream)

Read Colossians 1:14

“Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of him, all our sins have been forgiven.”

What does it mean that Jesus rescued us—from darkness to light, from sin to freedom, from death to life?

This is a big part of the good news of Jesus!

Are you drowning?

What are some ways you might find yourself “drowning”?

i.e., not drowning in water but things in life that pull us down, such as eating too much, being over-anxious and worrying, or being too attached to our stuff

Jesus rescued us from everything that “drowns us” including sin and selfishness.

When Jesus died on the cross, he was totally broken, then killed.

Think about...

What does it mean to you that you have direct access to God through what Jesus has done?

Is there anything you must do to earn that access?

How does this rescue change your life?

Why should someone who has never heard this story care about it?

Big Idea: Jesus rescued us!

Grades 7-9

Hangout

Have you ever felt like you needed rescuing?

What happened?

Who helped you?

Have you ever had to rescue someone?

What happened?

What is sin?

The word for “sin” in the original Greek (hamartia) is an archery term that means “to fall short” or “to miss the mark”. Other explanations of sin include:

sin = death of our connection with ourselves, others, and God

sin = separation from God that we create (not him!).

God didn’t come up with rules to make our lives difficult. He shows us his best way of living so we can have full, amazing lives. God doesn’t push us toward sin. He gives us the freedom to choose how we live.

Read 1 John 3:4–5

What does this passage say that sin is?

How would you explain it to someone who had never heard of sin?

Read Colossians 1:13–14

What do these verses say about Jesus’ rescue?

What does it mean for you and your life?

What have we been rescued from?

What have we been rescued to?

What is the “Kingdom of his dear Son” (NLT)?

What does it look like to live in this kingdom?

Why is this rescue exciting?

What does confession mean?

Confession = course correction = “finding the bull’s eye” with Jesus

We don’t need to confess our sins to others to be forgiven—we only need to confess them to God.

However, confessing to one another allows us to invite community into our lives (i.e., showing how we struggle; inviting accountability, help, and guidance; allowing others to say, “Hey, I’m not the only one!”).

Read 1 John 1:5–10

What do you need to be rescued from? (From your own judgment? Bad choices? Fears, worries, or anxieties? Expectations?)

Big Idea: Jesus rescued us!