Jesus is alive and lives with us today! God has given us new life through Jesus who rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. Where we live in the northern hemisphere of the earth, Easter happens at the same time as Spring. In Spring we see signs of new life around us. Michelle sent us a photo of flowers poking though the ground at the side of our church.
- A Story
- Inside Activities
- Outside Activities
- A Song
- A Prayer
Imagine the surprise when Friends of Jesus went to the tomb where he was buried and found that Jesus was not there! And imagine the surprise that the disciples and friends of Jesus had when they realized that Jesus was alive!
The Road to Emmaus: Luke 24: 13-35
It had been a very sad and troubling time for the disciples and friends of Jesus. In the city of Jerusalem, Jesus had died a cruel death on a Cross on Good Friday. He was put in a tomb which is kind of like a cave where people who died were buried.
Three days later, women who were followers of Jesus went to the tomb where Jesus was buried. The stone in front of the tomb had been rolled away. When they looked inside, they found that Jesus was not there! The tomb was empty! They were very distressed and troubled. An Angel was there who told them that Jesus was alive.
Two days later, two of the disciples decided to travel to the town of Emmaus. It was about 11 kilometres away from Jerusalem. They wanted to tell their friends there that Jesus had died. In those days, they did not have buses, cars, telephones or texts; they had to walk to tell people what had happened.
As they walked along the road, a stranger joined them and started walking with them. The two disciples told this stranger the sad story of Jesus. They said his body was not in the tomb and they did not know where he was.
The stranger started talking to them and the stranger helped them understand what had been written about Jesus in the scriptures (bible). When they arrived at their friends in the town of Emmaus, the disciples sat down to supper and they invited the stranger to sit and eat with them. The stranger took a loaf of bread and broke it into pieces and gave it to each of them. He took the cup of wine, blessed it and gave it to them.
Suddenly the disciples and friends knew that it was Jesus and that Jesus was Alive! In that same instant that they knew the stranger was Jesus, Jesus disappeared. The disciples left their friends’ house immediately and ran back to Jerusalem to tell the rest of the disciples that Jesus was alive and they had seen him.
1 (10 ounce) package jumbo refrigerated crescent rolls
OR ALTERNATELY, frozen bread dough or frozen bun dough.
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
8 large marshmallows
1/4 cup butter, melted in a small bowl
8 large marshmallows
1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with butter or margarine.
Separate rolls into eight triangles and set aside. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Dip each marshmallow into butter, then roll in cinnamon-sugar and place on a triangle dough. Pinch dough around marshmallow, sealing all edges. Make sure to seal well or all the marshmallow will escape.
Dip tops of dough into the remaining butter and then into the cinnamon-sugar. Place roll with the sugar side up into prepared muffin cups.
Bake at 375 degrees for 13 – 15 minutes. Eat warm.
Once the bun is baked, open the bun and you will find a cave like the tomb. Enjoy the delicious taste of this cinnamon bun you made.
Make your own egg with a baby bird hatching inside. Not so long ago, people would give an egg as a gift to their friends in Springtime. Eggs are a sign of new life and hope. As the egg cracks, new life comes out.
Materials: Please gather some paper, scissors, markers or crayons, tape, and a clothes pin.
Start with drawing an egg.
Colour, and cut out 2 halves of an egg and a baby bird.
Tape the 2 halves of the egg to one side of the clothespin.
When you open the clothespin, the egg cracks or opens.
Tape the baby bird to the other side or the back of the clothespin.
Open the clothespin to show the baby bird hatching. Check the resource for a photo.
Egg Carton Wreath
In Spring we look for signs of new life in the garden, in tiny shoots of green grass. While we wait for real flowers, lets make some ourselves.
Materials: You will need an egg carton, some scissors, some white glue, some paints and paintbrush. Other glue will do as well, but make certain that it is sticky glue.
Take the egg carton and separate each egg cup from the carton. You should have 12 egg cups.
Second, take some scissors and make 4 cuts in each egg cup to make each cup look like petals of a flower. Each egg cup will turn into a flower.
Third, take some water colour paints and paint each flower. Use bright colours on each one.
Fourth, cut a circle or ring about 10-12 inches out of cardboard or heavy paper. You might have to ask for help with this.
Last, put a spots of glue on the ring leaving enough space in between the spot of glue to paste a flower. Put one of your flowers there and push on it to make it stick. Keep decorating the ring with your flowers to make a wreath. You can add some string or wool to hang up the Easter wreath maybe on a window in your home or outside. You might also have ribbon that you could add to the bottom of the wreath.
Egg Carton Easter Eggs
While you have the egg cartons out and your paints, you might want to make a tiny Easter egg nest. After you separate the egg cups in the egg carton, paint each cup, put a little chocolate egg inside one. Place another egg cup on top of the egg cup with the chocolate and glue the edges together. You can give this to someone in your family or a friend as a gift.
Materials: Egg carton, scissors, paint, paint brushes, chocolate, glue
First, separate each egg cup from the egg carton and paint them, just like you did for the Easter Wreath.
Second, let them dry. You will have decorated little egg cups that look like nests.
Third, you might want to put a tiny chocolate Easter egg inside one of the nests.
Fourth, take a second painted egg cup and glue it on top of the egg cup with the Easter egg (some parents might want to use a hot glue gun or white glue, holding the edges together until they stick). Give it to someone as an Easter surprise.
An outside walk:
On your outside walk, we have 2 things for you to do. First, see if you can see anything green sprouting up. See if you can see any other colours yet this Spring. Also see if you can find a pine cone that one of the trees has dropped.
Second, look for birds. We still have pileated woodpeckers (large black and white birds with red on their heads and they make a thumping noise as they try to dig insects out of the bark of trees). We also have smaller woodpeckers called hairy, downy and flicker. You might want to look these birds up on the map from January Messy church. We still have white and red breasted nuthatches and chickadees that have been here all winter. And you might have seen the geese flying overhead in the sky.
We wonder when the robins will be back. Let’s watch for robins to come back from the South.
To identify what kind of birds you see, use this map:
Birds Canada – Birds in Your Region Checklist
Birds Pine Cone Feeder Craft:
Let’s make the birds that are here and the birds that are coming back, a special type of feeder, a peanut butter and bird seed treat.
First, you need a fairly large pine cone from your walk. OR you can make a couple of pine cone bird feeders with smaller pine cones.
Second, put a scoop of peanut butter in a small bowl. Use a spoon to spread the peanut butter on the pine cone. Make certain you put the peanut butter into the crevices on the pine cone. Put as much peanut butter on the pine cone as you have in the bowl.
Third, now a fun part. Using a brown lunch bag or really any type of bag, add some bird seed to the bag. Put your pine cone with peanut butter into the bag. Close up the top of the bag.
Start shaking. Shake the bag for a long time. We want lots of seeds to stick to the peanut butter.
Last, open the bag, carefully bring out the pine cone. Tie a piece of string or wool around the top of the pine cone and tie it to a branch of a tree. Or to something in your yard that is a little high up. Watch the birds come and have a treat from your pine cone.
Resource: Pine Cone Bird Feeder (kiwico.com)
Thank you God for giving us Jesus and Easter when Jesus rose to be with us always. Thank you for Springtime and for birds and animals. Please be with people who are sick or very tired right now. Thank you for friends who will walk with us like in the story of the Road to Emmaus. Amen