Every child in a Christian Church can tell you that the were saved by the blood or Crucifixion of Jesus the Christ. However, if you press them, I have found that nearly none of them have even a rudimentary understanding of what that actually means. This Unit is all about 1 aspect of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ; one result that is secondary to Grace, but powerful in its own right. We become a new creation, different that we were before we took on the mantel of our savior. This unit hopefully will bring our children closer to Jesus because they begin to live and understand that they are a NEW CREATION.
a) A Soft Ball or a Snake Stuffed animal. You MUST not use a dodge ball as they HURT to much, and they have a certain expectation in the children's mind. We don't want that expectation. competitive Yes. Violent competitive, NO.
We use 6" Gator Skin Softi Ball-Blue or any other color, but the brand prevents injury and has longevity at the same time.
1) Crane - Stand on one leg and move by hoping
2) Gorilla - Stand on two legs and move by running or walking.
3) Bear - Stand on 4 legs - hands and feet, and run/walk like a bear.
4) Frog. Squat down and move by hoping like a frog.
5) Kangaroo - Stand on 2 legs and move by Hoping
6) Lie on the ground and move like a snake
b) The game continues until all but one are changed into a NEW ANIMAL. That 1 is the winner, and goes to the Middle of the Floor, after pick a new animal to be.
c) Monitor - make sure they act like a new animal, and those that are tagged act like a new animal as well. Everyone can move, but the animals must move like animals.
When the game is over and you are about to start class, ask them "How did it FEEL when you changed into a New Animal." Was it easy to remain that new animal. (If they say yes, have the monitor remind them how many times they had to be corrected, which should be huge.)
The bible is not clear on how he changed while he was in the flesh, but we can see, he is still flesh - since he is solid and eating. Yet, Mary did not recognize him. We know, therefore, his Resurrection did at least 2 things we can count on. He is alive, and walking, talking and eating. He was not a spirit.
Order of Class:
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)
4a) Equipment Needed:
1) 2 or more teams of Children with no more than 6 or 7 children per team
2) Two or more somethings to use as blindfolds, depending on the number of teams you have. I use Sport Supply Group Blindfolds, because the are neat, cool colors, inexpensive and easy to use. I have, however, used strips of cloth if the people I was doing it for were unable or unwilling to buy blindfolds, and I forgot to bring my own.
3) 14 balloons (if possible 7 of two colors) if you have 2 teams. More if you have more teams.,
4) A printer to print up a sentence
5) Scissors to Cut up the sentence.
4b) How to Play the Game:
A) First, you need to print up the following verse two times:
Luke 24:39 "See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."
Luke 24:39 "See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."B) Take the scissors and cut the sentence in to 7 pieces based on the colors, roll the words up, put them into the balloons, and blow the balloons up. In the end, you should have 7 balloons with 1 sentence fragment each. If you have 3 teams, and 3 different color balloons, it makes the game easier to manage. (In later weeks, week 3 and 4, you should have either random colors or all the same color, and make the teams work together to get the verses back together.
C) Put the balloons on one side of the room, all mixed up, and divide the students into two groups. Pick one student from each team and blind fold them. Put all the students on the other side of the room.
D) Tell them the rules and goals of the Drill:
i) The non-blind team members can not leave their side of the room,
ii) The goal is to get all of your team members balloons back to the side of the room that the non-blind members are waiting, pop the balloons, find the slips of paper in the balloons, and figure out what the sentence is.
iv) The team that gets the complete sentence first Wins.
E) Say Go.
4c) Explaining the meaning of the Game: Gather all the students, and start asking questions. You can ask questions based on your observations, but I suggest you ask the following ones too.
1) How did you know what order to put the verse in?
2) What does the verse mean to you?
3) What does Jesus mean by Spirit? (Ghost - non flesh)
4) What would he have had on his hands and feet? (Holes)
5) Who is Doubting Thomas?
We also have an earlier more traditional Easy Sunday School Lesson Plan for Easter.
a. Introduction to God Rock's Lesson Planning System - Click Here.
5. Unit 2, Week 1 - Fasting and Looking Gloomy - Click Here.
14. Unit 4, Week 1 - The Resurrection - This Article
15. Unit 4, Week 2 - The Road to Emmaus.
15. Unit 4, Week 3 - The Upper Room
16. Unit 4, Week 4 - By the Sea
17. Unit 5, Week 1 - The Great Commision
18. Unit 5, Week 2 - The Ascension
19. Unit 5, Week 3 - And It's 12 Again
20. Unit 5, Week 4 - Pentecost
21. Unit 5, Week 5 - The Fellowship