SUNDAY 19th May 2020


Alleluia, Jesus is risen!
He is risen indeed –Alleluia!

Have any of you been saying that around your home since Easter Day?
It’s true –Jesus is risen form the dead and is alive for evermore :)

Did you enjoy lots of (hollow?) chocolate Easter eggs this past week? It’s a great way to celebrate and remember that Jesus who died, came alive again and so took away the fear of sin and death. He came alive so we can come to God our heavenly father, and have new life in Him. We can be glad and have a special friendship with Father God because of what Jesus did :)

Today, as we continue to celebrate, we will look at some of the evidence form scripture that Jesus came alive.

But first - Lets celebrate & Worship:
( for any age, but liked esp by younger ages) Nothing’s too big, big, big*
Credit: Song: Nothing's Too Big, Artist: Doug Horley, Album: Okey Dokey
*This song is especially helpful if your children (or you) have been feeling anxious at all...remembering that God cares about EVERY detail of your life. The actual original quote comes from the story of Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsie, who were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camp because they hid Jews in their house.

Happy Day! (Greatest Day in history) –a great worship song for adults and kids to sing and dance together 
Credit: Song "Happy Day" from the Simple Easter Musical for Kids, "Happy Day! More information at Brentwood Benson 

Our Story this week continues the surprise and joy of the resurrection as various friends of Jesus encounter him after he has come alive!
There are lots of accounts in the gospels that you could read to your children and we might want to save one story for next week (the Thomas story)

From the movie - The Miracle Maker – For School year 1 and above
Credit: The miracle Maker, Directed by Derek W. Hayes Stanislav Sokolov, Produced: Icon Entertainment International

Story continued :

Need a Simple translation of the Bible eg. CEV or Good News Bible. optional: big sheets of paper and felt tip pens..

read the account of the road to Emmaus from Luke 24:13-35.

- this is quite a dramatic story & today it might be reported on the news - Jesus had been very well known and the story of his death would have been known by everyone.
- could your child make a news report about what happened.? They should include imagined interviews with the two disciples who met Jesus on the road. Mum or dad could role play one of the friends while your child interviews you…Try to articulate how you felt meeting Jesus again and what happened next.
The children can either make a big newspaper front page to tell the story (you might like to have some newspapers to give them an idea what it looks like) – or draw pictures, or write the story in their own words…..etc

Crafts to choose
- Feet !!

SALT DOUGH RECIPE: 2 cups of Plain Flour, 1 cup of table salt, 1 cup of water.
OPTIONAL: 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (makes it a little easier to knead), 1 tablespoon of wallpaper paste (gives the mixture more elasticity), 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (makes the finished product harder).
METHOD: Put plain flour, salt and any, or all, of the optional ingredients into a mixing bowl and gradually add the water, mixing to soft dough. This should be neither too sticky, in which case add more flour, nor too dry, in which case add more water. When mixed remove from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead for 10 minutes to help create a smooth texture.
your child enough salt dough to be bigger than their foot and about 2 inches thick. Get them to press their bare foot into it to create a footprint. Scrape initials into the back to save confusion.
The salt dough will dry over the course of 2 days, or you can help it along by putting it in a very cool oven (max 100c, 200f, gas mark ¼) for a few hours.
You can make different coloured dough by adding food colouring at the mixing stage, or add glitter to make a sparkly alternative.
Tell the children that the footprint reminds them of Jesus walking alongside the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Another craft / cooking option :
The two disciples on the road said that their hearts felt warmed when Jesus was speaking to them. Ask them what they think that means. Say that the disciples’ hearts’ were recognising Jesus before their heads did! You’re going to make gingerbread hearts to remind you of this. Obviously you’ll need heart shaped cookie cutters for this activity…!

Makes: 25 biscuits

125g unsalted butter
100g dark muscovado sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
325g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
Writing Icing (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Line baking trays with baking parchment. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat.
  2. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl and stir the melted ingredients into the dry ingredients to make a stiff dough.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll to a thickness of about 5mm. Dip biscuit cutters into flour before cutting the dough. Place the heart shapes onto the lined baking trays and bake, in batches, for 9-10 minutes until light golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven.
  5. When completely cool, decorate with the icing. The gingerbread biscuits can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

The Point: A warming reminder!


Do you know people –family, friends etc who don’t yet know Jesus? Who have you been praying for – who might you begin to regularly pray to come to know the joy of being a friend and follower of Jesus?
Can you write their names on a special list to go on your fridge or in your Bible –somewhere where you will see it? Pray together now and remember to say THANK YOU to God for bringing Jesus back to life so you can be His friend for ever. 

With the assurance of my love & prayers

Ruthy Lillington |  Children's Pastor
Nick Carter, 17/04/2020