Junior Youth: What’s that got to do with Easter?

Contributed by: Susan Baldwin

Learn more about the story of Easter through the objects named in the Bible.

Split the group into teams of 5-8 (for fun ways to do this see our Team Forming Games).

whatsthatEasterSStep 1: Make the Connection

Place the selected objects (e.g bread, nails, towel, sword – see list below) in a basket and draw out one at a time. An object is shown to the group. First group to raise a hand and say what the object has to do with the story of Holy Week and Easter gets 1, 2 or 3 points, depending how much detail they can give. It’s up to the leader to determine how many points based on how accurate or detailed the answer is. You can allow the other teams to try and add details for a bonus point, once the first team have finished.

Step 2: Find that Verse

Each team is supplied with Bibles. For each object held up, teams race to find the Bible reference. Leader provides the Book’s name and Chapter (or maybe a block of 3 chapters to add difficulty). Then they have to find the verse that contains the named object (e.g. thorny branch, linen, cup, 30 pieces of silver etc). The first team to find the correct verse wins a point. Get them to read out the section containing that verse (see below). The leader can recount that part of the Easter story, adding or correcting any details from Step 1.

Example: A Towel

So for instance: when you hold up a towel, the answer you’re looking for is ‘Jesus washing his disciples’ feet’ (for 1 point). They get an opportunity to tell some of the details of the story (that would earn 2 points) and what it says about service as it relates to discipleship (a 3 point total).

Then tell the teams that they’ll find the passage in John 13 (or, somewhere in John 12-14). They get practice searching for the book as well as chapter and verse. They must find and read out the verses containing the word ‘towel’. Make sure the translations you’re using actually include the words you’ve asked them to search for.

Objects:

Towel: John 13:3-5

Sword: Matthew 26:51-52 (best stick with a toy sword here!)

Nails: John 20:24-29

Palm branch or leaf: John 12:12-13

Two dice: Matthew 27:35 (the word dice appears in the Good News translation, otherwise what they search for is “casting lots” in the TNIV, NRSV, or whatever your translation uses)

Linen sheet: Mark 15:46

30 pieces of silver: Matthew 26:14-15 (use thirty 10, 20 & 50 cent pieces)

Cup: Matthew 26:27-28 (you could use a chalice from church)

Bread: Mark 14:22

A thorny branch: John 19:1-3

Cross: John 19:16-18