During this Easter season, transport your families to Jesus'
last week on Earth so they walk in his footsteps. Create a series
of stations for families to experience the first Palm Sunday, Good
Friday, and Easter morning. Use this one on Good Friday. At the end
of the article, find a link to all the stations.
Materials: Blindfolds, poster board,
glow-in-the-dark paint, paintbrush, tape, and a Bible
The Scene: This station should be in a dark
room or in a preconstructed tomb. Create a poster with the words to
John 8:12 written on it in glow-in-the-dark paint, and tape the
poster to the wall. It's important that families are able to leave
the dark room and go directly to a well-lit area for the final
Experience: Have the Angel host meet families
at the entrance. The host will tell families that they'll be
entering the tomb where Jesus was buried. Before entering, have
each person put on a blindfold. Guide families into the tomb and
help them sit so they're facing the poster on the wall.
While people are still blindfolded, have them turn to a partner
and discuss: What does it feel like to be in the dark? What would
it be like to live in a world where it was always dark?
Say: Imagine how sad Jesus' followers were when
he died on the cross. The Bible says that when Jesus died the earth
shook, the world went dark, and the temple curtain tore from top to
bottom. Even though it was a sad, dark day, we remember the day
Jesus died as Good Friday.
Ask: Why would such a sad day be called
Say: Remove your blindfolds. There's a message
on the wall. Silently read the message or have someone read it to
you. Allow time.
Ask: How does it feel to be able to see God's
Word now? How do you think it feels when someone first believes in
Say: This is the good news of Easter! Because
Jesus died on the cross for each of us, we don't have to live in
darkness. If we follow Jesus, he'll be the light that guides us
Say: When you entered the dark tomb, you
carried your ball of sin with you. Jesus died for our sins, and we
buried our sins with him. Leave your balls of sin in the tomb as we
follow the light.
Guide families to the last station. The entrance into a bright
room will help families experience the light of Jesus.
Excerpted from Children's Ministry Magazine.
All Stations in The Easter Path:
Jesus in the