Host: Circus Ringmaster
Materials: Party decorations such as balloons and
streamers, old coats, green construction paper strips, wooden paint
stir sticks, glue sticks, permanent markers, and a Bible
The Scene: Decorate this station with party
decorations. Lay coats on the floor to create a path through the
room or designated space. Place green construction paper strips,
wooden paint stir sticks, glue sticks, and permanent markers near
the station entrance.
Experience: As families enter the station, have
them tell each other things they celebrate about one another, such
as good grades, talents, or accomplishments. Then have them cheer
for their family.
Afterward, ask: How did it feel to have people celebrate
you? How did it feel to celebrate others?
Say: The Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday because
people waved palm branches to celebrate Jesus as he arrived in
Jerusalem. They also showed their excitement by shouting and
Have families write things their family celebrates on several
strips of green paper. Then have them glue the paper strips to the
paint sticks to create a palm branch. Set aside to dry.
Have families sit along the coat path. Then read aloud Luke
Ask: How do you think the people felt when Jesus came to
town? How would it have felt to celebrate Jesus on that first Palm
Sunday? When have you been excited? How did you show your
excitement? How would you show your excitement if Jesus came to
Say: Let's try some of those ways right now to celebrate
Lead families in the ways they mentioned.
Then say: Many in Jerusalem celebrated Jesus' arrival that
day, but there were others who were plotting his death. As you move
to the next station, wave your palm branches, shout praises to
Jesus, and celebrate Easter.
Excerpted from Children's Ministry Magazine.
All Stations in The Easter Path:
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