The Shepherd’s Voice

4th Sunday of Easter From “Scolding the Snakes” Scripture Reference: John 10:25-30 and Ps. 23

Following the Shepherd’s Voice

How many of you answer the telephone in your home? (Let kids raise their hands.) Now, tell me this: how many of you have answered the phone and guessed who was calling, just by his or her voice—before the person on the other end told you who it was? Are you good at recognizing voices? (Let kids respond.) If we hear a voice that we’ve

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Shouting Stones

Palm Sunday From “Scolding the Snakes” Scripture Reference: Luke 19:28-40

Preparation: Bring in palm branches and several large, smooth rocks to pass around or enough small stones to distribute to all the children.

Hold up the rocks. Who can tell me what these are? (Let children answer.) I’m going to pass around these rocks. As soon as you get one, I want you to hold it up to your ear and listen carefully. Tell me if you hear anything. When you’re finished passing around

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The Author of Life

Third Sunday of Easter From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Acts 3:13-16

Preparation: Bring several books by your favorite authors to show the children. Authors who have written children’s books will be easier for children to relate to.

Does everyone know what an author is? (Let children answer.) An author is someone who has written a book. Do you have any favorite authors? (Let children share some of their favorites.) There are many good authors who have written

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Easter Butterflies

Easter Sunday From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Mark 16:1-8

Preparation: Bring a picture of a caterpillar, a chrysalis, and a butterfly—or, if possible, bring a real chrysalis and butterfly model.

Happy Easter! The Lord is risen. Hallelujah! Today we celebrate one of the most important days in the church. We celebrate because Jesus rose up from the dead, because he came back to life and is living even today. Many times we have heard the story of how Jesus

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Good Bad Friday

Good Friday Scripture Reference: Luke 24:19 – 21

Preparation: (Optional) You may bring a version of the Chinese folktale called “The Lost Horse” or another variation.

Good Friday is sort of a strange name for such a sad day, isn’t it? On Good Friday, we remember that day that our Savior, Jesus, was nailed to a cross and hung up to die with two criminals on either side of him. It was a terrible, sad day. His disciples were heart-broken and his mother and other

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Power From Inside

Second Sunday of Easter

Scripture References: John 11:25 “Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” NLT 1 Tim. 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

Preparation: Bring along several raw eggs, a clear bowl and a towel. You may also have pictures or even video of a chick hatching.

Because last Sunday was Easter Sunday, we are now in the

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The Last Enemy

For Easter Sunday (from the Kidsermons’ book Scolding the Snakes) Scripture References:

1 Cor. 15:20 – 26 and 54 – 57 “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Preparation: Bring a bouquet of colorful spring flowers and a vase in which to place them on the altar or at the foot of the cross.

Happy Easter everyone! Do you know the words to the Easter greeting that has been used in the Christian church for almost two thousand years? When

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Death-Defying Act

Palm Sunday; Entering Jerusalem

Scripture References:

Matthew 20:17 – 19 and Matt. 21:1 – 17

Preparation: Bring palm branches and colorful coats and robes to lay on the steps or in front of the altar where the children gather for the children’s sermon. You can also bring pictures or books showing a circus parade or trapeze artists flying through the air.

This is a very special Sunday isn’t it? Today is Palm Sunday, the last Sunday before Easter. On this

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A Gift for Faithful Lamb

Title: A Gift for Faithful Lamb

Text: Matt. 10: 40- 42

Cast: Faithful Lamb, Billy the Kid and Lamb Borgeeny

Narrator: That short Gospel reading, has a BIG lesson in it. Do you remember what Jesus said? How does Jesus want us to show our love to him?….Today Billy the Kid, Faithful Lamb and a new sheep named Lamb Borgeeny are going to help us understand what Jesus said.

(Enter Billy the Kid, carrying some grass. He arranges it carefully while

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Recognizing Jesus

Summary: A retelling of the “Road to Emmaus” story. 

Cast: Cleopas, Simon, Jesus

Stage Directions: Prop buildings, trees and signs should slowly travel in opposite direction behind the walking puppet characters to simulate traveling.

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Cleopas: Simon, if we don’t get started soon, we’ll never make it to Emmaus before dark…. Simon…. I’m going to have to leave without you if you don’t hurry.

Simon: (Offstage) Hey, wait, Cleopas! It’s hard to get ready when my head hurts. And it’s hard to see what I’m

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