7 Sunday School Easter Curriculum Ideas | How to Teach the Most Important Lesson of the Year

Let me address the second part of the title first – “the most important lesson of the year”.

My guess is when you read that you either considered it hyperbole and just another clickbait title or you simply disagreed. After all, every week’s lesson is important, because the whole Bible is important.

That’s actually quite the wrong way to think.

Easter is the most important message of the year. But it’s importance has nothing to do with attendance numbers or a holiday atmosphere. Rather, Easter is important because Paul said it was. He says Easter matters most of all.

And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is worthless, and so is your faith.
– 1 Corinthians 15:14

Did you catch that? Paul says that if Easter never happened…if Christ didn’t rise from the dead, then we might as well “throw in the towel” on faith altogether. Paul says if Easter is a lie, EVERYTHING you believe is also a lie. Easter is the lynchpin of our faith. Our Christian faith is based entirely on one single, historical event…the resurrection of Jesus.

So is Easter more important than the rest of the Sunday School year? You better believe it!

With that in mind here are some strategies for making this Easter the biggest and best it can possibly be.

1. Donuts FTW

You know what makes a great Sunday School class?

Lots of volunteer help.

No matter what you plan to teach or what activities you try to do, if you don’t have enough adults in the room to help control the classroom nothing will go well.

The best-laid plans are completely foiled without enough volunteers.

The donuts…make your volunteers ridiculously happy when they show up to serve Easter morning. Bring donuts and coffee and juice for all your helpers to enjoy before services. They are VOLUNTEERING their time, reward them every way you can.

Who knows, maybe some volunteers will stick around past Easter! (Don’t underestimate the power of the donut!)

2. Bring Food and Fun

There isn’t a single kid coming to church on Easter that’s hoping and praying you’ll stand up and teach for 40 minutes.

Kids love food and kids love fun. Make sure to incorporate both of them in your Easter plans. Include games, egg-related contests, object lessons, and skits into your planning. Give out Easter candy or some other Easter-related food. It could be as simple as buying a couple bags of the Easter-colored M&M bags and giving each kid a few M&M’s.

Please don’t ask kids to sit quietly on the floor for 30 or 40 minutes. They aren’t wired to do that. You are doing them a great disservice by forcing them to “shut up and listen”.

Keep them moving and active. A busy mind is a learning mind.

3. Luke presents: Reader’s Theatre

Take the end of Luke 23 and the beginning of Luke 24 and assign some kids one verse each.

Have the selected kids stand in the front of the room, in the order they are going to read, and have them read the verses out loud.To make this even better, pre-print the verses for them and choose a translation like

To make this even better, pre-print the verses for them and choose a translation to read from, like The Message, that has more kid-friendly language in it.

Pro Tip: Ask those kids to arrive early to church and rehearse with them a little bit. 15 minutes of rehearsal will go a long way on something like this.

4. Purchase Amazing Easter Curriculum

Some-Bunny

The truth about Easter Sunday is that your lesson is only going to be as good as your preparation. If you walk into class Easter morning with the same lesson you’ve used for the last 10 years you are already set up to fail. Many of the kids already know the basics of the story. So if you don’t approach the Easter Story from a different angle or find a way to add a new twist, you are going to fail. The kids will be bored.

So here’s the best $20 you’ll ever spend to make this Easter amazing.

5. Share the Story

Picture this:

You have 5 of your best leaders, standing around the room. You begin the lesson from the front of the room and then, at a pre-determined place in the story, you stop and let the next leader tell their part of the Easter story. Continue this as you go around the room, letting each of your leaders tell a portion of the story from a different place in the room.

Not only does this give kids a brand new way to hear a familiar story, but you can also “try out” some leaders in this lower-risk setup to see if they might be good teachers for future Sundays where they will tell the entire story themselves.

6. Add a Soundtrack

Take a cue from Hollywood and give the Easter story a soundtrack!

Although this might sound super difficult it’s really not. In fact here’s exactly what you need to do:

  1. Cue up this YouTube video to play either from a computer or through your church’s sound system. Remember, you don’t need to be able to see the video, you just need to hear the audio.
  2. Tell your tech helper to fade in the music as you begin your story. Then keep it playing until you finish your closing prayer at the end of the story.
  3. At a few key moments in your story, pause….and let the music “fill in” the silence for you. This will add some really nice drama to the whole thing!

7. Sprinkle in: “He Is Risen!”

Have a running “contest” all morning long. Every time you say: “He is Risen” the kids have to respond and say “He is Risen Indeed”. Throughout everything you do during the Easter service, every once in a while say “He is Risen”. Don’t make a big deal out of saying it and see if the kids are paying enough attention to catch on and respond with “He is Risen Indeed!”

Add a little more fun to this idea, by throwing out some Easter chocolates to the fist kid to say “He is Risen Indeed” back to you. If you do this, it won’t take long before every kid will hanging on every word you say!

 

Don’t ever accept Easter as another day on your Sunday School calendar. And don’t give in to the temptation to do what you’ve always done before. This is too important of a Sunday to just “mail it in”. Do your very best!

If you need some good Easter curriculum check out my “done-for-you” lessons here >

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