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'TWAS THE TIME BEFORE EASTER
A pageant/story for children
By: Kimberlee R. Mendoza
(Duration: 20 minutes; Speaking Cast: 3 females, 4 males, 3 either, 10 total cast; 
     Flexibility: 1-40 extras, gender flexible)
“’Twas the week before Easter and all through the street/Crowds gathered, hoping the Lord they would meet./Palm branches waving, they started to sing/ Honsanna! Hosanna to the King of Kings!” So begins this rhyming narrative of the events surrounding Christ’s final days on earth – his Triumphal Entry, capture for arrest, crucifixion and resurrection. A large...  read more
THE ABCS OF EASTER
Artistic Children's Program
By: Sharon A. Kirby-Cole
(Duration: 20 minutes; Speaking Cast: 10-27 either, 10-27 total cast; 
     Flexibility: doubling possible, gender flexible)
B for Barabbas and betrayal, S for sunrise and silver ... This A to Z journey through the Easter story is clever and surprisingly comprehensive! Children brainstorm for appropriate words starting with each letter of the alphabet in a relaxed and conversational style with short lines for easy memorization. The children may also draw and paint posters depicting...  read more
ACTING OUT CHRISTMAS AND EASTER
Four Pantomimed Bible Stories
By: Jean Stangl
(Duration: 4 scenes, 8-10 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 1 either, 1-4 total cast; 
     Flexibility: 1-30 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible)
Here’s one instance where children should wiggle in church! A narrator tells a Christmas or Easter Bible story while children pantomime along. The benefits of this innovative kinesthetic approach to storytelling are many: learning Bible stories, exercise, development of sequencing and motor skills and creative expression. May be used in Sunday school or as part...  read more
ALL THINGS ARE BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
By: Arthur L. Zapel
(Duration: 50-60 minutes; Speaking Cast: 13 either, 13 total cast; 
     Flexibility: 1-30 extras, gender flexible)
Several classes of church school children can participate in this Easter morning program using flowers as the central theme. Includes readers, the children’s choir and flower bearers. The symbolism of three Easter flowers is told with Scripture readings. Easter lilies are then added to form first the design of the Holy Trinity, then the design of the Cross. Six...  read more
THE ANIMALS CELEBRATE EASTER
Children's sermons for the Easter season
By: William C. Hassel
(Duration: 6 scenes, 2-3 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 1 male, 2-12 total cast)
These charming, kid-friendly children's sermons are told from the standpoint of animals and insects who witnessed the first Easter. Each Sunday a costumed animal character holds a spirited conversation with the pastor, telling his version of the events that unfolded years ago. The use of animals to tell the story holds special appeal to children while...  read more
A BANNER EASTER
A children's program for Easter
By: Gail Gaymer Martin
(Duration: 20 minutes; Speaking Cast: 3-7 either, 3-7 total cast)
Six colorful banners – each featuring a key word of Easter – provide a centerpiece for this easy-to-present program for children. A narrator reads Scripture references that relate to each word: Empty Tomb, Arisen Savior, Triumph, Eternal Life and Resurrection. Then children come forward and display the banners, explaining the significance of each word. At the...  read more
CELEBRATE EASTER!
A PowerPoint Presentation for children
By: Christine Ferguson
(Duration: 15 minutes; Speaking Cast: 4 females, 3 males, 14 either, 21 total cast)
Stage fright? No way! For this easy presentation, adorable digital photos of your church's children are taken ahead of time according to the script's structure and detailed descriptions. The photos taken "on location" give depth to the storyline about celebrating Easter. The story doesn't require children to assume grown-up biblical roles but gives them a...  read more
THE CHILDREN'S LENTEN BANNERS
Four banner liturgies to portray Christ's ministry
By: Michelle Gallardo, Ted Zapel
(Duration: 10-40 minutes)
Banner Kit Includes Liturgy.A four-part series of banner liturgies portraying Christ's ministry on earth. Many young readers and non-readers may participate in this Lenten season program during Sunday morning worship services. On each of four Sundays of Lent prior to Easter, children present a symbolic banner and read a narrative about the symbols...  read more
 
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