Lent and Easter

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Easter cross words

8-11 year olds, All-age
This simple illustration turns hate to love via the cross and can be used as an activity with a group or as a large visual aid for a service on Good Friday or Easter Day.

The temptations of Jesus

All-ageAll-Age service
The temptations faced by Jesus in the desert both define his future ministry as well as challenge us as to the best way to make a difference in this world for the better. This storytelling idea could be used at the start of Lent.

Holy Week visual aid

All-ageAll-Age service
This is an adaptation of a well-tried paper-folding and paper-tearing exercise that tells the story of Holy Week.

Mark's story

All-age
Mark began as a secret follower of Jesus and ended up going on the first missionary journey with his cousin Barnabas and being commended by Paul. This could be used as a storytelling outline at an all-age communion service.

Exploring forgiveness

8-11 year olds, All-age
We know we should be ready to forgive those who hurt us but sometimes it's not that simple! This is at the heart of the very practical question that Peter put to Jesus in Matthew 18:21-35. The parable of the unforgiving servant is a focus for this idea.

Celebrate Holy Week

8-11 year olds, All-ageAll-Age service
The last parable that Jesus used about 'the rejected stone' perhaps sums up Holy Week most powerfully. The following outline could be used as part of an all-age service, in a session with an older children's group or within a celebration at Messy Church.