As part of the bigger Easter Story we’ve told the story of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples from Luke 22:7-20
Jerusalem was full of people! They had come to the big city to celebrate Passover. Passover is a special meal – it reminds God’s people of how God saved them from being slaves in Egypt.
Jesus wanted to eat the special Passover meal with his friends. But there were so many people and there were people who wanted to hurt Jesus that the meal needed to be kept a secret! (Everyone say ‘shush’)
Jesus sent Peter and John into the city. ‘When you see a man carrying a water jar on his head follow him! He will go to the house where you can get the meal ready.’
Peter and John did what Jesus said and soon the meal was ready.
The Passover Meal is very special. Part of the meal would have been bread and wine (Show these).
Jesus said to his friends, ‘This is the last time I will be able to eat this special Passover meal with you. When you eat it in the future I want you to remember me.’
Jesus was going to rescue many people. he wanted his friends to remember that he was the rescuer.
Today Christians remember Jesus with a special meal – with bread and wine. (If possible have the items that your church uses for Communion to show the children)
Craft Idea – with a printable Lord’s Supper – Cup and Bread (1)
The story – from Mark 14,15 and John 20
Our story has a sad beginning – Can you look sad? Jesus died on the Friday. He was put in a tomb (cave) and a big stone was put over the entrance.
His friends were very sad and frightened. A whole day went by – that was Saturday.
The next day was Sunday. A lady called Mary went to the tomb. When she got there something had happened. The big stone had been moved. What could she do? Who would help her?
Mary knew someone who could help her – Peter! She went to find Peter and John and told them what had happened.
They listened. Then they started to run. They were running as fast as they could to the tomb. John got there first and looked inside. It was empty.
Then Peter got there. He didn’t just look inside. He walked right in to the tomb. It was empty!
Jesus wasn’t there anymore. The Bible tells us that that he had died and then come alive again. This is happy news for you and for me.
I used pictures from The Tiny Treasures He’s Alive Flannelgraph . After the story you could show the children an Easter Garden.
We made an Easter Garden for our Toddler Group Story Time. A very simple but effective visual aid. Older children could make their own.
Tray or baking tin (I used a baking tin)
Foil to cover the tray/tin
Moss (if you do this ahead you could plant seeds – I wasn’t that organised)
Small stones for the path
Twigs for trees (we didn’t add the crosses as the children are so young.But we did talk about them in the story)
Air drying clay for the tomb
Large stone to put by the tombs entrance
Air drying clay rolled into balls to stick the twigs into to secure them. Cover the balls of clay with compost.
This would be a great activity to do during the Easter holiday. You could have a competition to see who puts the most effort into making their garden.
Easter is nearly here! In toddler group we have been learning about being ‘Wonderfully made’ and have already talkied about our mouths that shout, whisper and taste’ and our ears that can ‘hear shouts and whispers’. The Bible story that we are using to develop this is the Palm Sunday story that we read in Luke 19:29-40, Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, John 12:12-15. In these accounts people shouted ‘Hosanna!’ and everyone heard. The story will be told simply and the children will be encouraged to shout ‘Hosanna’ in the appropiate places!
The above craft is palm leaf shapes for the children to decorate using chalk, felt tip and wax crayons. I prefer wax crayons rather than the plastic variety as they blend and make a better mark on the paper.
The word Hosanna means ‘Save please’ and also ‘Salvation has come.’ Take a look at what John Piper has to say about Hosanna!