eGROUP LESSON PLAN
EASTER: MARCH 25 – 27
Jesus is my leader.
Jesus’ Death, Burial, and Resurrection
Luke 22:44-56 & Luke 24:1-12
Engage is a time to welcome kids to your eGroup with a fun activity to help them feel comfortable and get to know each other.
DO: Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to the eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Once you have five to six kids begin the Engage activity.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
DO: Play “Follow The Leader.”
Explain this is like the classic game Follow The Leader but with a twist – instead of one leader to follow there are four! The goal is for the leaders to try and get the most kids to follow them.
Choose four kids to be leaders and have them stand in a line in front of the group. Have the rest of the group spread out in the eGroup space and face the leaders.
For each round, leaders will have one minute to do any actions they would like. Actions can include jumping jacks, sticking out their tongue, running in place, giving a friend a high five, taking five steps forward, etc. Leaders can do as many or as little actions as they want in one minute.
Leaders can only talk to call out the action to perform.
Kids have to choose one leader to follow and repeat their actions. Kids do not have to follow the same leader during the round. Kids can follow different leaders throughout the round, but can only be following one leader at a time.
After one minute call out, “Find your leader!” Kids will line up behind the leader who’s action they were just repeating. The leader with the most followers earns 100 points.
To begin the next round the leader who had the most followers gets to chose three new leaders to play the next round with him or her.
Continue as time allows. The leader with the most followers (points) wins!
CONNECT ACTIVITY: Kids will connect with each other and talk about some of their favorite things about Easter.
16 EASTER EGGS, EASTER CANDY (1 piece per kid)
SAY: “Easter is a time we remember and celebrate what Jesus did for us. There are many ways people celebrate Easter: egg hunts, resurrection eggs (a way to learn about Easter using plastic eggs), Easter baskets, dying eggs, new church clothes, and Easter candy!”
Have each child choose an Easter egg. Explain inside each Easter egg is an egg question card with a candy picture and question. The candy shown is one of the most popular candies at Easter.
Have kids find who has the same candy picture as them and sit together in a circle.
Once kids are sitting together have them introduce themselves to their group.
Have kids read the question on the egg question card then discuss the question as a group. Walk around to monitor groups and ensure groups are engaged in discussion.
After groups have discussed all four questions, SAY: “All this talk about Easter candy has made me hungry so I have some Easter candy for all of you! While you eat your candy, let’s read about the best leader we can follow.”
Have kids place their egg question card back inside an Easter egg. The eggs need to be ready to be used during the next worship experience.
Give each kid one piece of candy and allow kids to eat it as you continue to the next activity.
JESUS’ DEATH AND RESURRECTION
BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY: Kids will read the Easter story from the Bible and interact with it and discuss it.
BIBLES, BIBLE PASSAGE CARD, BIBLE HIGHLIGHTERS, COLORED PENCILS (24), PENCIL SHARPENERS (3)
SAY: “The Bible is full of TRUE stories that teach us about Jesus and His love for us. Let’s open our Bibles and read about the best leader we can ever follow. If you brought your Bible, open it to Luke 23.”
Pass out Bibles to kids who do not have one. If there are not enough Bibles encourage kids to share a Bible with kids around them.
Help kids find Luke 23 in their Bibles.
Read Luke 23:44 – 24:12. For older groups, have kids take turns reading a verse from the passage.
Pass out a Bible passage card to each kid. Kids can use a Bible highlighter or colored pencil to interact with the Bible passage card.
Underline all the people in this passage who followed Jesus. (Luke 23:49 – “the women,” Luke 23:50 – “Joseph,” Luke 24:9 – “the Eleven,” Luke 24:10 – “Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them,” Luke 24:12 – “Peter)
Why did Jesus die for us? (Because of sin we can’t go to heaven. Jesus died to take the punishment for our sins so we could live in heaven with Him one day.)
Circle the disciples’ reaction to learning Jesus was not in the tomb. (Luke 24:11-12 – Peter ran to the tomb; the other disciples were confused.)
If you were the disciples how would you have reacted to Jesus not being in the tomb?
What other words/phrases/verses jump out at you? Draw a star by anything that grabs your attention. (Allow kids to share and discuss.)
SAY: “God sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins so He could have a relationship with us. Jesus is the greatest leader ever: he’s the toughest, strongest, kindest, wisest, most powerful, and most generous. He died for our sins, rose again, and defeated death! That’s why we celebrate Easter and that’s why we follow Jesus.”
APPLICATION ACTIVITY: Kids will recognize the different leaders in their life, the role those leaders play, and Jesus is the best leader to follow.
LEADER NAME CARDS (2 SETS), LIFE LEADERS SHEET, TIC-TAC-TOE BOARD
SAY: “We all follow someone: dress like someone, obey someone, act like someone, talk like someone. In our lives, there are lots of leaders we follow. Can you name them?”
Divide your eGroup into two teams and give each team a set of leader name cards. Have each team arrange the cards on the floor so the titles are face up.
Place the tic-tac-toe board at the other end of your eGroup space.
Explain teams will play tic-tac-toe. One team will use the color side of their cards on the tic-tac-toe board and the other team will use the white side of their cards on the tic-tac-toe board.
Read a leader description from the Life Leaders sheet.
When a team thinks they know the leader being described, one team member will grab the leader name card from their team’s cards and race to the tic-tac-toe board. The first team to the tic-tac-toe board with the correct leader name card will answer the question below then place their card on the board. The second team to the board will then place their card on the board. This team will not answer the question.
If the first team to the board has an incorrect leader name card, but the other team has the correct leader name card, the other team gets to answer the question and place their card on the board first.
If neither team has the correct card, allow each team to race to choose another card. If needed, read the clues again from the Life Leaders sheet.
NOTE: Teams should only place correct leader name cards on the tic-tac-toe board. Teams may need to exchange an incorrect card with a correct card before placing it on the board.
QUESTION: How do we follow leaders in our life who are [INSERT LEADER NAME]’s?
Continue until one team places four of their leader name cards in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row or as time allows.
SAY: “There are lots of leaders in our lives. Each day we have a choice of which leaders we will follow. We need to follow and obey the leaders in our life, but we need to make sure we are following the best leader – Jesus! Jesus died for our sins, rose again, and defeated death to have a relationship with us. Following Jesus is the best decision we will ever make because He is the best leader ever!”
JESUS IS MY LEADER
PRAYER AND GAME ACTIVITY: Prayer is an important way to share Jesus with passion. Spend time in prayer with your eGroup before beginning the game.
eKIDZ PRAYER JOURNAL, PENS
SAY: “Before we begin our last activity, let’s pray together.”
SUGGESTED PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die for our sins. We don’t deserve this gift and the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. Help us to follow You and live for You. Thank you for loving us so much. We love You. Amen!”