If you work in kid ministry you’ve probably been thinking, working, consuming, creative brainstorming, and even dreaming about Easter services.
It’s just around the corner and finding a relevant way to engage kids with the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection can sometimes present more of a challenge then you’d think.
I’m the first to advocate for fun in kid ministry but when you break out the Easter Eggs and bunny games you still lack a great way to get into the true story of Easter.
The thing about it is the story of Easter starts out pretty gritty. Jesus is beaten, thrown in front of a judge, and then brutally crucified. How do you paint that picture in a way that’s appropriate for a young kid?
Last year we approached the Easter services with a unique idea. Was there a way we could let the kids step into the Easter story and experience what it was all about? We wanted it to be fun, engaging, and exciting but also explain the true meaning of Easter. Not only that but we wanted it to explain the miracles of Jesus fulfilling prophecies, the fact that crowds of people saw him die, and the impossible nature of his resurrection being faked or somehow made up.
So we created a walk-through Easter experience that allowed our kids in our environment to step into the story as detectives. Picture Pink Panther meets the Easter story. So they went off on a P.I. Adventure becoming the junior detectives looking for pieces of evidence to crack the 2000 year old cold case, of what happened to Jesus body.
After each scene we had the detective on video explain the evidence that they had gathered and set up the next scene with a question. We thought this was a great way to let the kids interact with the story rather than simply be told it. We also thought it was a great way to still deliver dynamite content and apologetic facts without losing their interest.
If you’re interested in trying to do something like this in your ministry, you can find many of the files that we used here. We made sure to have a hand out to give to parents afterwards, a version of that is included in here. In our large group presentation we picked up right where the investigation left off, stating that if Jesus rose from the dead, what does that mean for us. We included a presentation of the Gospel that we then condensed down and put into our parent handout. For that presentation we used a product we had purchased so that content isn’t included in the above link.
This Easter whether you use this content or your own I hope that you make the story of Easter come to life for the kids that you influence. Easter eggs, bunnies, and candy are all fun but when we can work to make the story of Easter engaging and accessible to kids at their level it can change entire families!