Here are some suggestions of worship, teaching, questions and activities as we remember Jesus’ death on a cross.
This isn’t something you need to stick to, or complete in order or all at once but it is a plan that hopefully can help you to do church at home and look to Jesus together as a family. There is a mix of adult and children’s activities so feel free to skip bits and the activities most relevant to you. If you don’t normally do anything like this, do not worry! Just give it a go and you will be surprised with what you or your child comes out with. If this is something more familiar to you then go for it and add your own elements too!
Although a difficult time, this could also be an amazing time for you as a family to grow in faith together, to open up conversations and prayer with each other and to be surprised by all that God is doing in you and your child/children!
Let’s begin with reminding ourselves of God’s amazing rescue plan…
Before you play the next song, let us pray.
I thank you that you sent Jesus to earth to show me how much you love me. I pray that as we think about Jesus dying on the cross you would teach us more about how your love can change our lives. Please be with us now as we worship you together.
We are going to watch this story about Good Friday and everything that happened to Jesus. If you want to find it in your Bible then you can read it in Matthew 27:27-61.
Lots of things happened to Jesus on this day and we are going to think about them now.
Jesus died on the cross so that we could be friends with God.
Together with your family, make a cross. You can make it out of paper, wood, lego or whatever else you have. Put it somewhere you can see it clearly as we think more about what Jesus’ death means.
From the cross Jesus cried out several things. One of the most amazing was that he asked God to forgive them, you can read it in Luke 23:33-34.
‘When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.’
Thinking back to the story make a list of everyone who was at the crucifixion and what they were doing.
- Why do you think Jesus asked God to forgive “them”. Who do you think he was referring to – the soldiers who were nailing him, all the soldiers, or everyone who was there?
- Can you think of a time that someone was not very nice to you?
- Do you think it’s hard to forgive someone that has hurt you?
Jesus’ friend Joseph took Jesus’ body and buried him in a tomb. Even though Jesus had died there was still something Joseph could do to help him. Sometimes we can feel like there isn’t a lot we can do to help someone but we can always pray.
For our prayers you will need paper, pen and scissors. Draw around your hand and then cut it out. Along each finger write a prayer for each of the following things.
- Something to thank God from our story today
- Something we need to say sorry for
- Someone we need to forgive
- Someone who needs to know God loves them
Now if you fold each finger to hide the prayers you will see a big thumbs up from God as he hears what you have prayed.
Let’s finish our time today by singing our worship to Jesus as we thank him for dying on the cross for us.
As we gather for worship, find a comfortable position, either sitting or standing.
Read Psalm 22 out loud to remind us of God’s goodness.
Now, if you find it helpful, close your eyes and place your hands out as if you are receiving a ‘gift’. Stay there in the stillness for a moment. Breath in deeply. Ask God to fill you with his love, and as you breathe out, handing God all those worries and anxieties you feel right now. Great.
Let’s worship him together through singing (go on be brave!) or listening to these songs below!
This is a playlist of songs, they will automatically play after each other.
Here For You, This Is Amazing Grace & Way Maker
You can also listen on Spotify here.
Start by watching the videos below.
This clip is not suitable for children
Now watch the teaching from Greg.
Using items or craft materials in your home create something that sums up what Easter means. Perhaps it’s your teddy bears at the last supper showing that Easter is about friendship. Or maybe it’s an empty tomb made out of egg boxes because Jesus defeated death. Maybe you want to use the cross you created earlier as part of it. Get creative and then share your photos with the rest of the church on Instagram or Facebook.