Are you in a pinch? Need a creative last minute idea before Easter? Our friend, Stephanie Caro, shared an Easter version of the game, Freeze Frame. Check it out below.
The Holy Week Story in Statues – The Scripture in Sight and Sound
1) Gathering/Large Group Question: When you think of Easter, what do you think of – We’ll make the largest list possible! (5 minutes)
2) Jelly Bean Groups: Kids will close their eyes, pick a jelly bean, pop it in their mouth and then find all the people with the same jelly bean color for tonight’s small groups. Have as many groups as you have adults, one adult per group. (5 minutes)
3) Holy Week Stories: Each group will be assigned a story from Holy Week. Each group will read their story, discuss what it means and answer discussion questions on the board/screen/paper. Then each group will create one “frozen statue” scene depicting their story, using all group’s members. (About 10 minutes)
- What would the scene/setting be if this was in your town?
- Guess 1-2 thoughts that might be going through Jesus’ mind during this scene?
- What character do you identify most with in the story?
4) The Story in Statues – When each group has their scene ready, groups will sit down. A narrator will read the story, pausing in the story for each group to pose for their statue scene. Groups will watch and listen when not posing for their scene. (About 10 minutes)
Each group’s story will be printed out and ready so adults can follow along. Once it starts, it’s meant to be quietly watched. Playing gentle music during the reading/drama just adds to the power of the experience. This can even be re-created to use inside a Holy Week worship service as a powerful way to watch the Scriptures unfold.
#1 A Parade into Jerusalem: Luke 19:36-40
36 And as he rode along, the people spread clothes on the road in front of him. 37 When Jesus was starting down the Mount of Olives, his large crowd of disciples were happy and praised God because of all the miracles they had seen. 38 They shouted, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to God.”
39 Some Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, make your disciples stop shouting!” 40 But Jesus answered, “If they keep quiet, these stones will start shouting.”
#2 The First Foot-Washing Service: John 13:2-5
2 Even before the evening meal started, the devil had made Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, decide to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that he had come from God and would go back to God. He also knew that the Father had given him complete power. 4 So during the meal Jesus got up, removed his outer garment, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 He put some water into a large bowl. Then he began washing his disciples’ feet and drying them with the towel he was wearing.
#3 A Friend’s Betrayal: Matthew 26:14-16
14 Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve disciples. He went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “How much will you give me if I help you arrest Jesus?” They paid Judas thirty silver coins, 16 and from then on he started looking for a good chance to betray Jesus.
#4 Upper Room Meal: Matthew 26:26-29
26 During the meal Jesus took some bread in his hands. He blessed the bread and broke it. Then he gave it to his disciples and said, “Take this and eat it. This is my body.”
27 Jesus picked up a cup of wine and gave thanks to God. He then gave it to his disciples and said, “Take this and drink it. 28 This is my blood, and with it God makes his agreement with you. It will be poured out, so that many people will have their sins forgiven. 29 From now on I am not going to drink any wine, until I drink new wine with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
#5 At a Crossroads: Matthew 27:37-40
37 Above his head they put a sign that told why he was nailed there. It read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 The soldiers also nailed two criminals on crosses, one to the right of Jesus and the other to his left.
39 People who passed by said terrible things about Jesus. They shook their heads and 40 shouted, “So you’re the one who claimed you could tear down the temple and build it again in three days! If you are God’s Son, save yourself and come down from the cross!”
41 The chief priests, the leaders, and the teachers of the Law of Moses also made fun of Jesus. They said, 42 “He saved others, but he can’t save himself. If he is the king of Israel, he should come down from the cross! Then we will believe him. 43 He trusted God, so let God save him, if he wants to. He even said he was God’s Son.” 44 The two criminals also said cruel things to Jesus.
#6 He’s Alive: Matthew 28:1-7
1 The Sabbath was over, and it was almost daybreak on Sunday when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 Suddenly a strong earthquake struck, and the Lord's angel came down from heaven. He rolled away the stone and sat on it. 3 The angel looked as bright as lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards shook from fear and fell down, as though they were dead.
5 The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was nailed to a
cross. 6 He isn’t here! God has raised him to life, just as Jesus said he would. Come, see the place
where his body was lying. 7 Now hurry! Tell his disciples that he has been raised to life and is on his
way to Galilee. Go there, and you will see him. That is what I came to tell you.”
Thanks Stephanie, for sharing this great Holy Week idea!