— prepared by Teresa Klassen
* This is something parents walk through with their kids. Stations are set up that are clearly marked, and self explanatory. This can be done on a weeknight, or on the afternoon early evening of Good Friday itself.
Have people sign up if they want to come and walk through this, have sign ups in 15 minute intervals
Try to have the stations spaced out enough so that people have some “privacy” so that people won’t be self-conscious but can really enter into the activity.
Make sure people know they need to move on in the amount of time indicated at each station. There isn’t a lot of time, but this is done purposely so that kids don’t get bored and there is enough movement.
Station 1: 5-10 minutes
God Created Everything Perfectly
Parent reads a short statement of how God created everything and said it was good! God made mankind and said he/she was very good…
Do: A creativity station to make a beautiful mosaic of God’s creation
Station 2: 5 minutes
Parent reads a short statement of how sin came into the world, and then sin became the biggest problem we have.
Do: Create a big newspaper with headlines that kids make themselves of “wrong things” in the world. We can also provide some headlines for kids to paste, and pictures…
Station 3: 5 minutes
A divide was created because of this sin
We have one of our artists draw God in the distance on a roll of newsprint, we hang it from the wall with the divide extending across a bit of floor and then up onto a low table, giving the illusion of God in the distance and a divide between us and him.
Parent reads about how nothing we do can fix this divide…our sin created distance between us and God.
Do: Make a bridge. We will have popsicle sticks that people can tape on the edge of the table with things people do to try to fix the problem themselves(good works, going to church, being nice, reading good books) to illustrate that nothing can reach God by our own efforts.
Station 4 – 5-10 minutes
Jesus came and fixed my problem
DO: This is the story of the cross—we use the brick testament to tell the story by creating a wall with the pictures that parents will walk through with their kids.
Station 5 – 5-10 minutes
Jesus forgave my sin
A confession station where kids can write down their own sins (or draw them) in a sand pit and then wipe it clean
Station 6 – 5 minutes
Story of Easter
DO: 3 minute DVD telling the story of Jesus resurrection (from Read & Share or off YouTube)
Big Thank You Card to Jesus — this can be displayed on Sunday