To consider the significance for Christians of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
by The Revd Oliver Harrison
Suitable for Key Stage 1
Considers the significance for Christians of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Preparation and materials
- Two cheap drinking glasses (one will get broken!).
- A hammer.
- Two identical cloth shopping bags.
- One large handbag or small travel bag – ideally with an internal zipped compartment.
- Place a glass inside each of the two cloth shopping bags (so you have two identical ‘sets’) and then hide one of the bags in the handbag or small travel bag – ideally in a zipped internal compartment.
- Candle and matches.
- Show the cloth shopping bag; take the glass out and talk about it briefly.
Say that Jesus was whole and perfect just like this glass.
- Show the hammer. Ask what would happen if you hit the glass with the hammer.
Talk about the crucifixion in an appropriate way (for example, ‘Some bullies were jealous of Jesus. They took him prisoner, and had him killed’).
- Put the glass back in the cloth bag and hit it with the hammer – once is enough!
Shake the bag – hear the broken glass tinkle. (Warn very young children of the dangers of broken glass!)
Explain that Jesus was ‘broken’.
- Briefly show that the handbag or small travel bag is ‘empty’ (which it isn’t) – hold it upside down and shake it (being careful to hold the other bag inside it) or show it to be empty (but only if it has a zipped internal pocket).
Place the bag with the broken glass into this handbag or travel bag.
Talk about Jesus being wrapped in a cloth and buried in a cave.
- Finally, take out the cloth bag with the unbroken glass – voilà!
God can mend and make new. Talk about the resurrection.
Time for reflection
Light a candle and place the unbroken glass on the table. Let the children enjoy looking at the glass.
Thank you, God,
that you showed your love for us
by bringing Jesus back from the dead.
Help us to remember that when we feel we’re being broken,
your love can help us to heal.
‘Colours of day’ (Come and Praise, 55)
‘Make way’ (Hymns Old and New (Kevin Mayhew), 329)
‘Hosanna, Hosanna’ (Hymns Old and New (Kevin Mayhew), 215)
‘Give me joy in my heart’ (Come and Praise, 43)