Half-A-Dozen Easter Surprises:
A Lay-Led Service for Good Friday
- Between a
simple structure of hymns and teaching, the children process around the
church to hear the Easter story.
- An adult
to lead the service and teaching.
- As many
children as are in church, to join in the procession and the teaching
activities at each station.
- Adults to
help to hand out the buns and juice, and to supervise the building of the
- An egg
box containing six washed, upturned half-shells. Each shell has a number
on top (1-6) and each conceals an object:
- Egg 1
- a little toy donkey, if available, or a cut-out picture of
- Egg 2
- a little white cloth;
- Egg 3
- a red/black grape and a little piece of bread;
- Egg 4
- a nail;
- Egg 5
- Egg 6
- a tiny mirror or piece of foil.
- Hot cross buns, blackcurrant or
grape drink, jugs, plates and cups.
- Stones, moss, a cloth, etc. for the Easter
garden. A wooden cross to erect, if building the garden outside.
- The hot cross buns and drinks should be ready in the chancel, or
wherever the Last Supper will be celebrated.
- The materials for the Easter garden should
be ready outside the church (or in the appropriate place inside, if that
suits your church situation better).
Service Outline and Teaching
No service sheets are needed, but an outline of the service for the
leader, with teaching suggestions, can be found here.