Follow The Leader – Easter 2016
Jesus is my leader!
Jesus’ Death, Burial, and Resurrection.
Luke 23:44-49; Luke 23:50-56; Luke 24:1-12
Welcome / Series Intro
“Happy Easter, Motion! I’m so excited you’re here with us to celebrate God’s gift to the world, Jesus Christ, defeating death! I want everybody to stand to your feet and worship with me as we sing songs of victory to our God. Here we go!”
(have kids stand up, walk off stage)
Worship Song – Alive
“Motion, stay standing as we sing ‘Shine A Light!”
Worship Song – Shine A Light
Game Video Setup
“Great job, Motion! Everybody have a seat.
(wait for kids to be seated)
Motion, how many of you have ever wanted to be the captain of your sports team, the lead instrument in your band, or even just the line leader on the way here to the theater?
(wait for kids to respond)
It’s fun being the leader, but what would happen if the leader led people wrong, or if there was no leader at all? Let’s take a look at this video and find out.”
Game Setup – Follow The Leader
“Motion, that was insane! I kind of wish that I had a team of Ninja Bunnies following me around wherever I went.
Hey, that game was awesome, but how about we play a game of our own? Everyone move to the sides of the room and our volunteers are going to help us set up or gigantic game board!
(eGroup leaders will need to push kids to the sides and back of the room to allow for the game board to be unrolled and the corners taped to the ground)
That’s right, Motion! I bet this is the biggest game board you’ve ever seen! You see the colored dots on the game boards? You’ll each stand on a colored dot. I’ll give you some instructions on how to move along the board. For instance, I may tell you to move three spaces to the right or two space forward. You’ll follow those instructions and then when you get to the final spot I call, I’m going to spin a wheel on the screen and whatever color the wheel lands on, those kids are out and have to move to the outside of the room.
Now you’re probably asking the question: what happens if I’m at the edge of the board and you tell me to move to a space where the board ends? You’ll need to quickly move to the opposite side of the board and continue the movement. For instance if you’re on the left edge of the board and I tell you to take three steps left, you’ll need to step off the board, move to the right side of the board, and then take your three steps to the left.
OK, let’s get our first players to stand on the board and we’ll get started!”
Game – Follow The Leader
Follow The Leader Video Intro
“Motion, you all did a great job following the leader! Everyone have a seat while we move our game board out of the way.
(remove the game board, rolling it carefully)
Now Motion, like I said earlier, this Easter we’re learning to Follow The Leader and we’re learning how we can follow Jesus, who is the best leader in history. Today’s video has something really cool in it, where we get to see something unique Jesus did right after He died on the cross for our sins. Check this out!”
Follow The Leader Video
Video Outro / Dismiss to eGroups
“Motion, put your hands together and celebrate that Jesus rose from he grave and defeated death!
(wait for applause)
In just a moment I’m going to send you to your eGroups where you’ll learn more about how Jesus was a strong leader and later, you’ll learn about how to make Jesus the leader of your life. When i call your eGroup leader’s name, stand up and follow them back to your eGroups!”
(dismiss kids to eGroups)
“Welcome back from your eGroups! Before we start worship and games, I wanted to circle back and give some instructions to our VIPs. Take a look at the screen:
(refer to the screen)
This is a VIP lanyard. If you’re a VIP, you’re wearing this around your neck right now.
[VIP Slide – Lanyard]
When you leave Motion, you need to take that lanyard to the orange tent called the Welcome Area.
[VIP Slide – Welcome Area]
Once you get to the Welcome Area, show them your lanyard and they will give you a gift!
[VIP Slide – Gift]
[VIP Slide – All Combined]
VIP Lanyard + Welcome Area = Gift.”
Host Next Level Setup
“Motion, we’ve got another chance to hear from our Family Pastor, Mr. Frank, as he tells us more about what it means to become a follower of Jesus. Put your hands together and help me welcome Mr. Frank to the screen again!”
(initiate applause, walk off stage)
Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down Video
Dismissal to Next Level eGroups
“Put your hands together and let’s thank Mr. Frank for speaking to us today!
If you had questions during Mr. Frank’s video, your eGroup leader will hand you a pass to a Next Level eGroup where we can help answer any questions you may have. eGroup leaders, do that now.
(give eGroup leaders time to hand out Next Level invitations)
If you received a Next Level Invitation, you an follow Mr. Mrs. ____________ to the Next Level eGroup. Do that now.”
(give Next Level kids a chance to leave with the leader before continuing)
Game Setup – Follow The Leader Part 2
“Now Motion, we’re going to play the game we played earlier, but this time, we’re going to put a twist on it.
We’re going to roll back out our game board and we’re going play one more time, but you know how we all faced toward the front of the stage last time? We’re going to play the game again, but this time, you can face any direction you want. The rule is that after you get done moving, only one foot has to be on the square because multiple people will be standing in the same spot.
Now you need to be careful this time and I don’t want anyone pushing or shoving to get to their spot. If I see any of that, you’re out automatically out and you’ll have to sit along the outside of the room.
OK, let’s roll out our giant game board and play another round of our game!”
(roll out the game board again, play one or two more rounds of the game with kids allowed to turn whatever direction they want at the beginning)
Game – Follow The Leader Part 2
Finders vs. Ben Video Setup
“Great job during the game, Motion! Let us get the game board out of the way and then you can have a seat.
(wait for kids to be seated, remove game board from the room)
Motion, I know you’re having an awesome Easter so far, but let’s talk about the exciting thing that’s happening next week! How many of you have ever watched a Nascar race before?
(wait for response)
Well Nascar is definitely the fastest sport around and next week we begin a brand new series all about Nascar and what the athletes in the car and in the pit crews have to deal with each weekend they race. Here to help give us an introduction to our new series Pit Stop are a few familiar faces. Motion, put your hands together and take a look at the screen!”
(initiate applause, walk off stage)
Finders vs. Ben Video
Dismissal Activity Setup
“We’ve had such a good day here and I’m glad that you were here to celebrate Easer with us today. While your parents are arriving to pick you up, we’re going to play one more fun game with your eGroup. I’m going to put some questions on the screen about Easter and you will have to work with your eGroup to figure out the answer. I’ll ask each eGroup what they think the answer is and if you get it right, I’m going to have one of my Easter bunnies come over and give you a few pieces of candy.
Here’s the first question…”