At dawn on the first day of the week, some women went to Jesus’ tomb. The earth shook and a dazzling angel rolled the stone from the tomb. Roman tomb guards fainted from fear. The angel told the women that Jesus had been raised from the dead and invited them to see the empty tomb. As the women ran to tell the joyful news, they met the risen Christ and worshipped him.
The children’s eyes were wide as they watched this mysterious and amazing story played out with the help of our wooden story figures and props. Afterwards we invited them to approach the story: I wonder how the women felt when they saw that the tomb was empty. “Scared.” “Shocked.” “Confused.” I wonder why an angel came to meet the women. “?????” I wonder what happened when the women saw Jesus standing before them. “They recognized his voice.” “They remembered what he looked like.” “Why do his hands have holes in them?” I wonder what the women will do next. “They will go to Galilee!” “They will tell the disciples!” Which character would you like to be in this story? (Mostly Marys, one guard, one Jesus, and one angel).
Ask your child about Hot Cross Easter Buns and Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs). Download the free song “Alive, Alive, Alive Forevermore” at www.ShineCurriculum.com/extras.
As always, I was honored to be a learner with your children this morning!
Ruth (*thanks so much to Ruth Sedlock for subbing for Lisa Frisby while she was away last Sunday!)