All Rise Jesus rose for us

Holiday Lessons
All Rise (Matthew 28:1-10)
Easter 2
All Rise
Jesus rose for us
Jesus lives for everyone! All the pain and agony on the cross would be
meaningless if Jesus would have just died and stayed in the tomb. The fact that
Jesus not only died but then rose again is what separates Christianity from all
other religions. Our hope and eternal life lives with the resurrection!
Matthew 28:1-10
Matthew 28:6
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (KJV)
He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (NKJV)
6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. (NIV)
He isn't here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said
would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. (NLT)
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Holiday Lessons
All Rise (Matthew 28:1-10)
Easter 2
When you start the lesson by holding up a familiar object, the
kids can immediately connect. Starting with something familiar
makes it easier to teach something unfamiliar. Don’t try to teach
a lesson with the object. Use it to create curiousity.
Hold up an Easter lily. Smell it. Say, “Mmmm, I love the smell of fresh
flowers. Isn’t this beautiful?” Hold up a big stone. Say, “This is pretty
heavy. Have you ever tried to move one that was so big it wouldn’t
budge?” Say, “I wonder what these have to do with today’s lesson.” The
Easter lily represents life and is symbolic of spring and Easter. The stone represents the big
stone that sealed Jesus’ tomb. Don’t tell the class this now. During the review time, ask if
any of the kids remember what objects you held up and why.
Buy a box of ball pit balls. (You can find these at Toys R Us for $19.95 for 100
balls.) Select a ball for each of the words in the memory verse. Write one word on
each of the selected balls. Put ALL 100 balls in a box. Choose a kid for each word
in the verse. Read the verse outloud. On “go” they will dig in the box until each kid
has a ball with a word on it. They must form a line and hold out their ball so that
the words on the balls spell out the verse. Give them ONE MINUTE to complete
this. Read out loud what they have come up with. If the kids are not in the right
order, read the memory verse again and give them an additional bonus minute.
The next week add balls with the new words. This will be harder to do since they
will have to choose which word balls to use.
Lead the kids in a short time of praise and worship. Use songs that exalt God and His
attributes. This time can be enjoyable but it does not need to be silly. It is a time to lead
the children into focusing on the Lord. Reserve the silliness for games or skits. Make this
a joyful time that honors God. Sing to the Lord, do not perform for each other. God is the
audience. You can use music from the CD provided or your choice of praise/worship music.
But don’t feel pressured to structure “professional” music. Kids are just as happy to sing along
with a CD. Simply enjoy singing a few songs to the Lord to express your love and thankfulness.
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Holiday Lessons
All Rise (Matthew 28:1-10)
Easter 2
This lesson outline is best suited for
breakout groups or Sunday School.
Matthew 28:1-10
On Sunday morning Mary Magdalene, Mary and other women came to visit
Jesus’ tomb.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake!
An angel came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone and sat on it.
His face shone like lightning. His clothing was as white as snow.
The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fainted.
The angel told the women not to be afraid.
They ran to tell the disciples what the angel had said.
He told them not to be afraid and to go tell the disciples to meet Him in Galilee.
He told them Jesus had risen from the dead as He said He would!
The angel said to come look into the empty tomb where He was laid.
The women were told to go tell the disciples the news.
Jesus would meet them in Galilee.
The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but filled with
great joy.
As they ran Jesus appeared before them.
They ran to greet Him and worship Him.
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All Rise (Matthew 28:1-10)
Easter 2
On The Air
Conduct Z Street Live as a live game show being broadcast from Big City Studio, as a distinct and separate segment of the program. If possible, use someone
other than the director to lead this portion of the program. Dim the lights a little.
Start the music. Introduce the MC.
Treat Z Street Live
as if it were a game
show broadcasted
live around the world.
The MC should explain the point system each week even though kids who have
been regularly attending will already know how it works. Explaining the system helps
new kids understand what is happening and reinforces the game show theme of this
Start Z Street Live by playing Shout It Out. Make sure you have
posted the letters of the phrase in a place that is visible to all of the
kids. Letters should face the wall. Allow kids to guess a letter.
Reveal letters by turning them around. Award a point to the team that
correctly guesses a letter. After the kids have guessed four or five
letters, play the game on the next page. Come back to the phrase when
you are done. This simple word game will help kids focus on your main point. When
you have five uncovered letters, allow kids to guess the phrase. Some weeks you
may choose to leave the game unsolved and then finish it during Playback (review
Shout It Out phrase for this week is...
Jesus rose from the dead like He said
DON’T FORGET! in depth descriptions of each segment are provided in the Director’s Guide
Z Street Live continued
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All Rise (Matthew 28:1-10)
Easter 2
On The Air
Caterpillar Race
Taken from Quarter 10 Lesson 2
Because kids are
often under
pressure to grow
up too fast. A fun
game allows a kid
to be a kid for a
few minutes.
Choose two participants to be caterpillar
racers. Each racer is put in a sleeping bag head
first so that they can't see where they are
going. Ideally only their feet, if anything, will be
visible out the open end. Set up a starting line
and a finishing line. On “go” the ‘caterpillars’
must squirm and wiggle their way to the other
line. To add variety and vast amounts of hilarity,
set up obstacles like chairs and boxes for them
to go over, under, between or around. First one
to the finish line is the winner.
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Easter 2
now filming on location...
The Director narrates the
story as the kids act it out
on stage. The kids
perform the actions that
the director describes.
The actions are printed in
bold text. The Director
should state them with
emphasis so that the kids
understand what they
should do.
EXAMPLE: If the Director
says, “And Jesus lifted
up His hand...” then the
child playing Jesus should
lift his hand.
The Director should
emphasize lines that he
wants the actors to repeat.
These lines are italicized.
It is most effective to
select kids as you go
along. This breaks up the
story and makes it
extremely interactive. The
Director should stand next
to the kids on stage and
prompt them to act out the
Treat this as if you were
rehearsing a play or
shooting scenes for a
movie. Stop if the kids
miss their cue or if you
need to select more
actors. Stop by yelling
“Cut! Take two!” Then
back up and do it over.
You might even want to
repeat a scene for
emphasis. Don’t worry
that it will seem rough as
you stumble through it.
The kids will enjoy and
remember stories that
involve them.
tomb) Go ahead, look inside. He is not
there. He has risen!
Based on Matthew 28:1-10
SETTING: Mary Magdalene, Mary and
other women walked quickly to Jesus’
tomb on Sunday morning
Director: The women cautiously walk
into the tomb looking around. They walk
back out in a daze looking at the ground,
Mary Magdalene: (walking and talking) Angel: Now, quickly, go tell the
I still can’t believe he died! How will we disciples the good news! Tell them
roll away the stone at the tomb?
Jesus will meet them in Galilee!
Mary: (walking, talking) I miss Him so
much! I don’t know, maybe some men
will be there.
Director: The women leave quickly. As
they walk, Jesus appears in front of them.
They run to Him and fall at his feet and
begin to worship Him.
Woman: (shakes head) No men can
move that stone. It weighs thousands of Jesus: Do not be afraid! I have risen
as I said I would! Now, go tell the
disciples I will meet them in Galilee!
Director: They arrive at the tomb and
stop. The earth begins to shake. An angel
appears, rolls away the stone and sits on
top of it. The two guards stand, shaking
violently and then faint and fall to the
ground. The women stare at the angel in
fear with their mouths open and eyes
Angel: Don’t be afraid. Jesus isn’t
here. He has risen as He said he
would! (jumps down from the stone and
motions to the women to go inside the
(The Director’s Guidebook
contains a more detailed
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All Rise (Matthew 28:1-10)
Easter 2
Hold up the knotted rope and challenge a child to guess the Knot
of the Week. After a few missed guesses, announce that the Knot
of the Week is:
Death could NOT hold Jesus
Take a moment and summarize what you have been teaching.
Speak from your heart. Use simple language and explain in your
own words what you have been trying to say. Keep the message
brief. This is not a sermon time. Tell them how the truth from the
lesson helps you. Keep it short. Make it personal and practical.
Allow time to pray for the kids. Don’t ask for prayer requests.
Instead, ask kids to raise their hand if they want prayer for
school, fear, family, etc.
Ask if any of them want to invite Jesus to come into their
heart. Make the invitation simple and free from any pressure.
Pray with children that respond. Pray in faith. Remember that
God will complete any good thing that He starts in them.
Romans 10:9 and Philippians 1:6,7
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them;
for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 19:14)
"Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children,
you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
“For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who
are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:39)
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Easter 2
Joe: (makes a face) Wow, yes you
are, but look at you…What happened?
Heather: I was out a little late, and
then my alarm got unplugged
Put the lines in your
own words. Don’t
memorize the lines
word for word.
Paraphrase them.
Haywood: Heather, we figured out
how to block the monster in that cave!
Joe: We are going to use some C3
explosives and put the charge right
over here. (pointing at blueprint)
Joe and Haywood are discussing the
scene over coffee.
Because they give
you an opportunity
to illustrate how to
apply the lesson
in a way that
makes it easy for
kids to understand
and remember.
Joe: Well if you do the explosives right
at this point, the rocks will fall and
block that entrance of the cave.
Heather puts head on table and falls
Joe: Well isn’t that ironic!
Haywood: How is that, Joe?
Haywood: Yeah, that’s it! You are a
genius! We get more bang for the buck Joe: Jesus rose from the dead.
that way.
Heather can’t even wake up from a
night on the town!
Joe: Great, and those rocks should be We figured out how to trap a monster
big enough that even a monster can’t
in the cave. The devil couldn’t keep
move them!
Jesus in the cave!
Haywood: Thanks, Joe. Now where is
Heather: (drags in looking horriblehair a mess) Okay, I am here!
Haywood: Ha! I like that! Well, let’s let
her sleep. If someone sees her on film
looking like that, her career will be
over! (laughs hard)
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Holiday Lessons
All Rise (Matthew 28:1-10)
Easter 2
Write the phrase on a note. Tape it to the back of the reel. This is
your last opportunity, before you begin to review, to make the lesson hit home. Hold up the movie reel and select a child to read the
note on the back. Then challenge kids to recall the statement. The
Reel Time phrase is:
Real life starts with Jesus
Marty runs in with his first aid kit. He tells the director that he knows
the smelling salts are in there somewhere. He begins throwing the
accessories on the floor as he looks frantically. He looks around the
room and under the chairs and asks where the kid is that was afraid
and fainted. The director looks puzzled and then realizes Marty heard
her say fainted when talking about the guard. She explains that when
the angel came to roll away the stone that the guards were afraid and
fainted. Marty puts all the accessories back in the box and leaves.
If you are using Big City Bucks, hand them out during Play Back.
Use this time to review the Shout It Out phrase, Reel Time phrase, and the entire Stick to
the Script memory verse. Ask if anyone knows what the Curious Thing had to do with the
lesson. Below are some suggested questions taken from the Make A Scene Bible story
and the Impact Skit. Ask questions and give out Big City Bucks to kids who can answer
correctly. Don’t be afraid to repeat the questions. Kids learn by repetition.
Then play a few rounds of Take The Challenge!
(This review game is explained in the Director’s Guide)
Who came to the tomb to visit Jesus early Sunday morning? Mary Magdalene, Mary
and other women
What suddenly happened? an earthquake and an angel came
What did the angel do? rolled away the stone to Jesus’ tomb and sat on it!
What did the angel look like? face was like lightening and clothing white as snow
What happened to the guards? shook and fainted
What did the angel tell the women had happened? Jesus had risen like He said He
Who were they to tell the news to? the disciples
Who met the women on the way to tell the disciples? Jesus
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Holiday Lessons
All Rise (Matthew 28:1-10)
Easter 2
Select an exceptionally cooperative child to come up front and yell the Shout
It Out phrase into the megaphone. Going “out with a shout” marks the official end of the program.
Distribute the take home paper. Remind kids to take it home,
complete it, put it on their refrigerator and then bring it back next week.
Facts & Puzzles Solution: JESUS
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