We have a resource for families that would like some intentional activity with their children for the week leading up to Easter Sunday. Here is a short video explanation below:
Easter Week with Your Family
Click on the craft page above to print off and have your child color and cut out the six pieces. When they are finished put them in whatever you have available plastic eggs or lunch bags or whatever you have around the house. (Make sure you have seven of these containers because you will have one of them be empty with no cutout)
Go below to each day and read the corresponding story with your child and then open up the egg/bag to see the visual that goes along with it.
Click Here for Day One
But (Peter) began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this manor whom you speak.” And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
What is on the paper? A rooster.
You may wonder what a rooster has to do with the Easter story. For Peter-one of the disciples of Jesus-the sound of a rooster crowing triggered great sadness, and cause him to cry. Here’s what happened.
Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends, and he once promised Jesus that no mater how dangerous things might become he would always be loyal. Jesus could depend on him. But that began to change when Peter realized that those who planned to kill Jesus might want to kill him, too. In fact, Peter was so afraid that he denied even knowing Jesus.
Just the evening before, when Peter had promised to be loyal, Jesus told him that he would indeed deny knowing Him, not just once or even twice, but three times. And, in fact, it happened just as Jesus said it would; the rooster was still crowing when Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times” (Mark 14:30). Peter was so ashamed he ran away and cried.
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Day Two-Crown of Thorns
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
What is on the paper? A crown of thorns.
After Jesus had been whipped, the soldiers took branches with thorns, twisted them into the shape of a crown, and shoved it down on Jesus’ head. Again, Jesus bled.
We know that because Jesus was the Son of God, He could have stopped the men from hurting Him. But He let them continue. Do you know why? Because even though He hadn’t done anything wrong-He had not sinned-Jesus was taking the punishment for all the wrong things that any person had ever done or ever would do. This includes you and me.
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Day Three-Nails in the Cross
So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
John 19: 16-18
What is on the paper? Nails formed into a cross.
The soldiers took Jesus to the top of a hill outside the city. Then, using nails much larger than the ones on the paper, they nailed Him to a rough wooden cross. He died a few hours later.
The Bible tells us that Jesus was stronger than any man. The soldiers couldn’t have killed Jesus if He had not let them, He could of fought off the soldiers. Why didn’t He?
Because God loves people so much, He was willing to let Jesus be punished for our sins-the things we do or the ways we act that don’t please God. And even though it hurt Jesus badly, He was willing to do what God the Father asked. Jesus loves us, too.
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So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.
What is on the paper? A spear.
Two robbers were crucified with Jesus, one on each side of Him. When the soldiers came to check the three men on the crosses, Jesus had already died. Just to make sure, though, one of the soldiers stabbed Jesus in the side with a spear.
It is sad to think that Jesus died, and that He died in such a cruel way. But remember that Jesus gave up His life because of His love for sinners-ALL sinners. This includes you and me and all who tell lies, steal from others, disobey God in any way, or even someone like the soldier who stabbed Him.
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Day Five-Linen Cloth
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
Open the next one and what is on the paper? Linen cloth.
After Jesus died, a man named Joseph asked if he could bury Him. This was a braved loving thing for Joseph to do. Remember that the men who killed Jesus did not believe that He was the Son of God. But Joseph did believe, and he wanted Jesus to have a proper burial. Jospeh knew that this might get him in trouble with the soldiers, but he was brave and asked for permission anyway.
Jospeh wrapped that body of Jesus in cloth and buried Him in a tomb cut out of rock, like a shallow cave. Joseph then went away sad-because Jesus was dead- and he wondered what would happen next.
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And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guard trembled and became like dead men.
What is on the paper? A stone.
The stone that was rolled in front of Jesus’ tomb was much bigger than the stone in the egg. It was as big as a door and probably weighed more than a car!
After Jesus was buried, special soldiers were assigned to stand guard at the tomb. But these men were no match for God’s angel! It took just one angel to roll the stone away. The guards were so afraid that they fainted.
Where did the angel get his strength? From God.
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But the angel said to the women,”Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”
Look inside…is it empty? Are you surprised?
When two women came to the tomb of Jesus, they were surprised, too. The heavy stone was rolled aside, and the tomb was empty! Jesus’ body was not there.
The angel told them, “He has risen.” Jesus had come back to life.
This was the promise that Jesus made to His disciples at their special dinner just a few days before-that He would die but come back to life to show those who believed in Him that they would live forever, too.
Someday, because He died for us, we can meet Him and thank Him in heaven. That’s the story of Easter. And it’s true.
Kids Ministry is available for each weekend kids from infants through 5th grade. Our infants through three years old learn age appropriate lessons from God’s word, the Bible by using a Play n’ Worship Curriculum. Fours through fifth grade learn the same Bible passage making reinforcing Bible truths at home easy and fun. Please be sure to pick up the weekly take-home paper after class to read about what your child is learning from God’s word that week. On this page there are some ideas of how to go deeper with your child and how to continue to further their knowledge about what they just learned. We are absolutely privileged to be partnering with you and pouring into the next generation for God’s glory alone.
Kids Ministry for Sunday, April 5th
How Far Love Goes
Have You Heard
Life & Breath
Wise Man Rock
Gonna Lift You Up
My God is So Big
The Way, The Truth, The Life
Who Is the King of the Jungle?
God is Holy
Trust In The Lord
Good In Every Way
OPPORTUNITIES TO JOIN COMPASS KIDS MINISTRY TEAM
Compass kids Ministry is the Bible teaching ministry of Compass Bible Church. Every age, starting with infants through fifth grade is instructed in God’s Word through Bible lessons, music, memory verses and meaningful activities. There is no childcare in kids Ministry offered, at any time. Every time children are on campus, they are learning about God and his Word while building friendships and learning about the important role of the church in their lives. There are opportunities to be part of this vital ministry almost every day or night of the week. Join us!
- AWANA – Thursday nights leading a small group of students through our Awana program.
- WEEKEND CLASSES -Infants – 5th grade teachers and assistant positions are avaialable.
- COMPASS KIDS MUSIC – The kids music team is an exciting opportunity to use music as a tool for teaching kids about God and modeling true worship.
APPLICATION TO SERVE
If you are interested in knowing more about serving in any capacity in our Compass kids Ministry, please email email@example.com