I am beyond excited for this week’s Sunday School lesson. I’ve been planning this in my mind for the last 6 months ever since the idea came to me one night when I wasn’t sleeping, and now it’s finally going to happen.
This Easter lesson has gone through a couple of revisions, but I rather like the end result.
Easter lesson supplies:
Making the lamb cookies
So, Amazon has these Lamb Tin Cookie Cutter, but I didn’t want to order them just for this lesson and I have bad luck with cookie cutters that have small little pieces and breaking them off. So I came up with a different plan. Instead I bought two different cookie cutters: mini Easter cookie cutters and these Flower Cookie Cutter Set (both of which cost considerable less at Hobby Lobby, both sets together costing less than the lamb)
I stole a page from Almost Unschoolers and rolled out sugar cookies for the lamb, and then added some cocoa powder to the dough and made heads, frosted them and voila! Sheep. I think they’re kinda cute.
Stations of the Easter lesson: foot washing
The first station is foot washing. Our plan is to have the kids held at the front of the room and take them in small groups so we can escort them through the entire lesson.
On the night before Jesus died he stopped their meal and started to wash their feet. Think about the act of service that is. We don’t want to wash someone else’s relatively clean feet, but he washed their filthy stinky sandal wearing dirt road walking feet. They don’t have modern plumbing, so think about the smell. Yet he washed them.
Jeff has volunteered for this job, so he’ll be taking the time to explain all of it to them. All of the ideas and talking points are in the handout for those of you who don’t want to just wing it.
Stations of the Easter lesson: Passover lamb
I hadn’t realized until recently (just goes to show there is always something new to learn from the Bible) all of the parallels between Jesus and the Passover lamb. It gave me whole new meaning to Jesus being the lamb of God.
There’s two big ones I’m focusing on (there’s a bunch more I could have talked about).
The Passover lamb was examined and found to be without fault, there was no blemish or imperfection. Jesus was examined by multiple people and found to be without fault, he had committed no wrong.
The Passover lamb was sacrificed and its blood was painted on the doors to protect the Israelites from the coming judgement of the Angel of the Lord. The lamb’s blood covered them.
Jesus died for our sins. His blood covers our sins and He took the punishment for us.
Those two alone are mind-blowing to me.
Easter lesson station 3: Communion
In the same way God instituted Passover for Jews to remember what He had done for them when they were rescued from Egypt, so Jesus instituted Communion for Christians to remember what He did for them.
Every time we take Communion it’s a reminder of Jesus death on the cross for our sins.
We plan to use white grape juice just to cut down on stains, but otherwise we plan to quote the verses word for word from the Bible.
Easter lesson station 4: prayer
One element I always appreciate at Good Friday services is nailing my sins to the cross as a visual and tactile reminder of what happened. We briefly toyed with the idea of that, and then thought of all those 9 and 10 year old kids with hammers, and it seemed like a horrible idea. Instead we are going to seal them into a box and throw it away.
Also we want to emphasize the importance of prayer that Jesus took time to pray on his final night of ministry, it’s that important. It’s not just “Dear God, here is what I want,” but actual communication, talking about our day, so we’re going to give the kids time to pray visually. I attended a workshop based off of Praying in Color, and think it’s a great way to focus for ADD people like me, and will help active kids as they wait for everyone else to be done.
Easter lesson conclusion
While Good Friday is somber, and most of this lesson has focused on that, Easter is a day of celebration! We need to remember that, and so after all of this quiet time of contemplation we’re going to celebrate.
Now our Sunday School class is going to celebrate with extended recess, Sprite, and popcorn, you can celebrate however you want.
More Easter lesson resources
Check out my Easter page for more great lessons. You’ll find all of the resources I’ve used both at home and in my Sunday School for the past 10 years with links to the lesson or to where I bought them.