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Kids 4 Christ Sermon Ideas

Easter Sunday (year c)

 . . . prayers . . . jokes . . . object lessons . . . devotions . . .


Date: 22 Apr 2000

Message

Children's sermons on Easter Sunday are always difficult since there are so many of them in church (and many that don't really know). But this year I decided to have one.

I am planning on asking the children to help me tell the story of Easter in an engaging way. I got from my local Christian bookstore an egg carton filled with a dozen colorful plastic eggs you can open up. Inside of each egg is a symbol of Christ's passion (crown of thorns, etc.).

So, I will have some children open the eggs and will ask them if they know what the different symbols mean. It will make for great spontaneity and perhaps may give some parents an incentive to send their child to Sunday School.

Frank S.


Date: 22 Apr 2000

Message

Pray for me, as I will be taking a risk with the children's sermon this year. I will wear an old superman t-shirt underneath my clergy shirt and before I even get into Easter with the children, i am planning on baring my chest in front of them and ask them whether they know who I really am.

(If someone says: your pastor Chuck wearing a superman t-shirt I'm going to challenge them: are you sure? You now, nobody knew that Clark was really superman!).

My point of reference to Easter will be that Jesus came to us incognito (not sure how to replace that word). He looked human, but was really God (is this too gnostic?).

And the story of Easter is that the secret was out (this comes right out of the Markan Easter story): Jesus bared his chest--he actually didn't do that, but he rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples--and showed the world that he was really God who had lived among us.

As I said, pray for me...Chuck in DC


Date: 22 Apr 2000

Message

I made sugar eggs this year -- sugar shells filled with little scenes. One has spring flowers in it. One has bunnies and chicks in it. One is empty. We'll talk about how Easter isn't about flowers, bunnies or chicks, it is about something that was empty -- the tomb. Then I'll tell the resurrection story.

Janet in MD


Date: 11 Jan 2001

Message

looking for a play for easter for 5 kids ages 3-7 yrs if any one can help e-mail me attsunayama@netzero.net


Date: 4/10/2003

Message

Chuck in DC... a suggestion, if I may be so bold. Its not that Jesus was God "incognito". It's that Jesus was BOTH man and God - this is the unique facet of our faith. So perhaps on Easter, or because of Easter (the resurrection) people were better able to "see" his God-ness - his specialness - like getting to see the Superman shirt under the regular clothing. ...Just a thought... JIm in CT.


Date: 5/12/2003

Message

Here are a couple of games you can play with a message. True or fales; Each child gets a card with a "T" on one side and a "F" on the other side. Have all the children stand up with their cards. As you ask them different true and false questios they give their guess by holding up either "T" for true or "F" for false. If they guess correctly they remain standing if not they sit down. Last one standing is the winner. THis is a great way to afirm a lesson that you have been teaching and the children love it.

Key Scramble Have 15-20 keys all different sizes and shapes, place them into a fish bowl or other clear container. Have included one key that fits a lock that you have in your hand. Invite the children to come up and pick a key that they think will open up the lock. You can ask a question and the one who answers correctly gets to pick or you can just have them come up. Let them know that they are surching for the right key. As they pick their key they get to try it in the lock. Keep going until someone opens the lock. The one who opens the lock is the winner. Then explain; some people think there is many different ways to get to Heaven, but in reality there is only one way, Jesus. Just like there is only one key that opens up the lock. God bless you in you work to teach children of the love of Jesus. Jerry Mc.


Date: 3/4/2004

Message

This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! The Easter story is for all people at all times! Invite children to participate in many ways during today's worship. Older children could process in with the paschal candle. A younger child could lead the congregation in the Easter greeting. Someone from junior high could read one of the lessons. The good news of Christ's resurrection is for all ages. Make sure all ages are represented among your worship leaders this morning.


Date: 4/6/2004

Message

Jerry Mc,

Having a winner usually necessitates having a bunch of losers. Any way that all the children can be winners?

Michelle


Date: 4/6/2004

Message

Preaching on Easter Sunday, with so many kids seekers, skeptics & seldom seen is a great challenge. I tend to want to give them a ton - all kinds of theological musings, church jargon, and about 5 sermons all mixed up in one. So, I try to rememeber that this sermon, more than many others, is a conversation with the largely unchurched, the curious but aloof, and the dutiful family of regular church members. Thus, I will try to find a good teaching/preacinng image, a "hook" that says something about this glorious day, but doesen't try to cram in everything. One thing I will say is that Easter is a season for the church - not just a day, and we will use the coming Sundays to unwrap the dimensions of its meaning. Maybe I'll even say "see you all next week" with a smile. The image I am thinking of is something like "the great therefore". The empty tomb made the witneses remember all Jesus had said and done. Jesus even overcame rejection and death with love.... THEREFORE we look at what he said and did as filled with GOd's power. The tomb is empty.... therefore the day of God's favor really is here and the captives and exiled are free and welcomed home, therefore the peacemakers really are blessed, and the last will be first... and so on and so on. You get the idea... Believing the resurrection is not just a personal matter, it means seeing all of creation in a new way (redeemed), All priorities are re-ordered according to what Jesus said. It means life is good and we are free to be who we realy are meant to be -without illusions or defenses. Sorry for the long ramble... still in progress. JIm in CT


Date: 4/8/2004

Message

The key idea can be done by giving everyone who plays a piece of bubble gum and the winner could have a package of bubble gum...Nobody loses.


Date: 4/8/2004

Message

I will only preach for the children this year, but I'll use an idea from last year in another church: my favorite Easter symbols, a butterfly and a rock. They'll get butterfly stickers to take home (older children will even walk down the aisles with the basket to share with any timid kids in our very large church) but why a rock? How big do they think the stone that was impossibly rolled away could be? How surprised were the women who came to the tomb? What are the "impossible rocks" in our lives, all of ours? I'll offer a few suggestions and then remind them that the big rock was rolled away because no one could keep Jesus from loving us (e.g. by sealing him up in a tomb - maybe I'll put tape on my rock!) Therefore, we can go to Jesus with all the hard stuff, the "rocks" in our lives. One note: I will not list as a possible rock (as I innocently did last year) "when mommy and daddy fight" because there was little Brett's head nodding up and down as hard as he could. Woops! Blessed Easter to all. - cb in md


Date: 4/8/2004

Message

Between our sunrise worship and our regular time Easter celebration our kids are having an Easter egg hunt. I’m going to use that as my spring-board. “Why eggs on Easter?” I’ll then pull an egg I “got out of the fridge this morning,” and talk about it not being hard boiled. (Let them think it’s a regular egg). I’ll talk about it being a sign of new life.

NOTE: This past week I poked two small hole in the egg, one in each end with a needle and blow out the white and yoke.

Next, I’ll break the egg open, by ‘accident’ or on ‘purpose’ I’m not sure yet, probably on 'accident', to give it some shock value. And then I’ll talk about how it’s empty, just as the disciples found Jesus’ tomb… empty. He has risen, he has risen indeed.


Date: 4/8/2004

Message

Empty egg/tomb

MM in OH


Date: 4/9/2004

Message

Does anyone have a good butterfly - new life children's sermon? AME


Date: 4/12/2004

Message

I used the rock idea from a 4/8 entry. Thank you to the contributor. As the Church School superintendent, my resources are sometimes limited.