Leader Guide

Video Leader Guide

Select a video to have playing as children enter the Large Group room. Videos are under Resources on the top menu bar.

Have Small Group leaders greet the children as they enter the Large Group room and engage them in a game or conversation until it is time for Large Group to begin.

Welcome (3-5 mins)

Happy Easter, everyone! We’re going to do something, and I need your help. When I say, “He is risen!” I need you to say, “He sure is risen!” And we’ll do that back and forth a few times. Ready? Here we go! He is risen! “He sure is risen!” He is risen! “He sure is risen!” He is risen! Keep going if you’re having fun. NOTE: the more rhythmic you can make it, the more fun it will be. Take a moment to let them settle after the call/response.

That is a very old Easter tradition, saying that. Except it was more like, “He is risen, He is risen indeed.” But I hardly ever hear you guys saying “indeed,” so I figured it could use an update.

Is everybody having a happy Easter? Raise your hand if you’ve already eaten some chocolate this morning! Look for hands. Now that’s a good morning, isn’t it? Mom and Dad let you have chocolate, and it’s not even lunchtime! Ask other things like, “Who hunted for eggs this morning?” or, “Did anybody get an Easter basket?” or, “Raise your hand if you’re wearing something new.”

Easter is a great day—not just because of the candy or baskets or other fun things—it’s a great day because of the best news ever: Jesus rose from the grave!

Today we’re going to join Chris and Joy in learning the real story of Easter. But I have to tell you, even though it has a happy ending, it’s kind of a tough story to see. So if at any point our video gets too intense for you, just tell a leader near you, and we’ll help you.

If you have young students, it may be best to use the Easter Sunday: Chris and Joy’s Dilemma—Alternate. If you can separate the students by age, the alternate video options may be more suitable for sensitive viewers as themes and depictions are intense. No matter how you do it, please watch all of the videos in their entirety beforehand and consider prayerfully how you will proceed.

PLAY VIDEO: Easter Sunday: Chris and Joy’s Dilemma(5 mins)

Easter Sunday: Chris and Joy’s Dilemma

(For younger students)

Easter Sunday: Chris and Joy’s Dilemma—Alternate(2 mins)

Easter Sunday: Chris and Joy’s Dilemma—Alternate