This activity teaches about the events leading up to the resurrection of Jesus. It doesn’t follow all the traditional stations of the Catholic version but rather focuses on the most important events for sharing the Easter story.
- One copy of each of the puzzles that represent the different Stations of the Cross. You can find this on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com. The file is called, “Easter Stations of the Cross – Puzzles.ppt”
- Scissors or cutting tool
- 12 Ziplock bags (sandwich size)
- Printout one copy of the puzzles.
- Cut along the outlines of the puzzle pieces.
- Put each set of puzzle pieces into a Ziplock bag.
- Create the following “Stations” around the room by setting out the appropriate puzzle at each Station:
- Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane.
- Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested.
- Jesus is tried by the Sanhedrin.
- Jesus is denied by Peter.
- Jesus is judged by Pilate.
- Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns.
- Jesus takes up his cross and is helped by Simon.
- Jesus is crucified between two thieves.
- Jesus promises the thief eternity in paradise.
- Jesus dies on the cross, and the veil is torn in two.
- Jesus’ is removed from the cross and buried.
- Jesus rises from the dead.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “Some Christian traditions have a ritual called, Stations of the Cross.”
- “The Stations are different places in a room, or on a road or in a building that you walk to and then stop to think about Jesus and how much He loves you.”
- “The Stations each have a description, and they are usually about different events related to the Easter story.”
- “Today, we’re going to go through some of the most important events (or Stations) and learn about what happened during that part of the story.” (Divide the group into twelve smaller groups, and assign each one to one of the Stations. If you have less than 12 people, you can assign multiple stations to each person. Have these groups or individuals go to different stations and put the puzzles together. They should then read the Scriptures on their puzzle and be ready to summarize that part of the story when the group reaches that Station. After all the puzzles are done, gather everyone back together, and go through the Stations in the order listed above. As you reach each station, allow everyone to look at the picture, and have the person or group who completed the puzzle summarize the story for the larger group. When you’ve finished all the stations, you can sing the Alleluia chorus or do a short wrap-up lecture on the importance of the resurrection.)