Easter Sunday

 

INTRODUCTION

Today is the most wonderful day of the Christian calendar. Even better than Christmas! It is the day when Jesus, who everyone thought was gone forever, rose from the dead and appeared to his followers. At first, not everyone could believe it was Him. Some of his followers did not even recognise Him. But, Jesus was going to show us all that through Him we will never die and that in God, there is always hope and everlasting life.

BIBLE READING

Mary Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still weeping, when she stooped down and saw two angels inside. They were dressed in white and were sitting where Jesus’ body had been. One was at the head and the other was at the foot. The angels asked Mary, ‘Why are you crying?’

She answered, ‘They have taken away my Lord’s body! I don’t know where they have put him.’

As soon as Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. But she did not know who he was. Jesus asked her, ‘Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?’

She thought he was the gardener and said, ‘Sir, if you have taken his body away, please tell me, so I can go and get him.’

Then Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’

She turned and said to him, ‘Rabboni.’ The Aramaic word ‘Rabboni’ means ‘Teacher’.

Jesus told her, ‘Don’t hold on to me! I have not yet gone to the Father. But tell my disciples that I am going to the one who is my Father and my God, as well as your Father and your God.’ Mary Magdalene then went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord. She also told them what he had said to her.

John 20:11–18

ACTIVITY IDEAS

Make a poster with the words ‘He is alive!’

Make an Easter Garden - see one way of doing it here, thanks to Rev J Sawyer.

Make an Easter card for someone you know. Write inside a message about how much God loves them.

Have a go at this Easter wordsearch:

https://www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdfs/Easter%20Sunday%20word%20search.pdf

Draw or make some Easter eggs (eggs remind us of the new life Jesus brings just like the new life which comes from an egg). Make an Easter egg hunt for your family around your house.