Introductory Activity—Who is This?
Materials: strips of paper, pencils, paper bag
As each kid arrives, give her a strip of paper and pencil. Tell her to write her name and an interesting fact about herself on the paper. Fold each paper and put it in the bag. Instruct kids to sit in a circle. Inform the kids that you will read a fact about a person in our class, and they should guess about whom you are speaking. Give several kids an opportunity to guess who the person is before naming her. Tell kids that today they will hear a story about some men who saw Jesus, but didn’t know who He was.
Live It Out
Materials: Bibles, paper with Acts 2:32 written on them (one per team)
Help kids use the Bibles to find Acts 2:32. Read aloud the verse and tell the kids to repeat it with you. Create teams of three to four kids depending on your class size. Give each team a paper with the verse. Instruct teams to make up movements that go along with Acts 2:32. The movements can be a group routine or individual hand motions. Teams can perform their movements while the rest of the group quotes the Bible verse along with them. Say that God sent Jesus to be the Savior, and He raised Him from the dead.
Craft—Make a Mini Scroll
Materials: paper cut into 4½-by-11-inch rectangles, yarn cut into 6-inch pieces, gel pens or markers, white board and marker
Print the words of the Unit Verse on a white board. Read it with the kids. Remind them that the Bible story today tells us what Jesus did to save people from sin. Instruct them to write the verse in the middle of the paper. They can use gel pens or markers to decorate around the verse. Kids can roll their papers and tie yarn around their scrolls. Tell kids to keep their scrolls where they can reference the verse to remind them that Jesus was sent to be the Savior.
Introductory Activity—Who Am I?
Materials: index cards with names of Bible people
Line up kids across the room facing the backs of the ones in front. Give each child a card, but tell him not to look at it. The first kid in line should turn and face the one behind, holding his card on his forehead, with the name showing. The person behind gives him clues until he guesses the name. When the name is guessed, he moves to the end of the line, and the next person turns and shows the name on her card for the next person to give clues. When all the names are revealed, tell kids they will hear a story about two people who didn’t recognize Jesus.
Live It Out
Game—Bible Verse Puzzle
Materials: 2 poster boards, marker, scissors (for adult use), Bibles
Write the Weekly Verse (Acts 2:32) and the Unit Verse (Romans 5:8), each on one poster board. Print in large letters to fill up the poster. Cut each poster into at least 10 pieces and mix all the pieces together. Help the kids find each verse in a Bible and say each one together. Place the mixed pieces of puzzles on the floor. Create two teams of kids. Assign each team a specific verse. Instruct them to work together as a team to find the individual pieces of their puzzle and put the puzzle together. Talk about how each verse reminds us that Jesus was sent to be the Messiah.
Craft—Make a Scroll
Materials- copy paper, markers or gel pens, precut yarn (about six inches), Bibles
Tell kids to turn to Isaiah 53 and read it. Remind them that these may have been some of the worlds Jesus helped the disciples understand on the road to Emmaus. Encourage kids to choose a verse and write a portion of the verse on the paper, leaving plenty of room at the top. Kids can glue or tape the top of the paper to the paper towel roll lengthwise and roll the rest of the paper up like a scroll. Using the yarn, they can tie it up just like many ancient scrolls would have been tied.