Meeting Jesus on the Road - The Walk to Emmaus:
Old Art Workshop
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Egg shell mosaic crosses.
- To understand that we celebrate Christ’s resurrection.
- To know that Jesus appeared to his followers after his crucifixion. They didn’t always recognize him immediately but once they did, this helped them understand and believe the resurrection.
- Read the scripture for this lesson.
- Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
- Prepare an opening and/or closing prayer in case you need one.
- Gather the materials.
- Clean, white eggshells that have been dyed various colors (using Easter egg dyes). Break eggshells into pieces. Store eggshells in zip bags. [Note: works best if all membrane has been removed from the eggs before dying them.]
- White glue (such as Elmer’s)
- Small paintbrushes
- Toothpicks (to position egg shell pieces)
- Clean meat trays to hold supplies
- Card stock or other heavy paper (enough for one each)
Introduce yourself. Pass around the attendance…etc. Open class with prayer if you desire—ask first for prayer requests then ask if someone else would like to lead the group in prayer. Be prepared to say a prayer yourself, working in prayer requests.
Ask: Why is it important that the tomb was found to be empty on Easter morning? (it means Jesus is no longer dead but is risen and alive)
Do you remember who first went to the tomb on the first Easter morning? (a group of women. In case the kids are interested it is generally believed they included Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James & other women - Luke 24:10)
What did they find? (they found an empty tomb, an angel who told them that Jesus had risen, and the answer really looking for: they met Jesus.)
Say: These women who went to the tomb actually saw the risen Christ. They actually saw Jesus! He had been killed but now he was alive! In fact during the 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus appeared several times to his disciples. They had meals with him and talked to him. Today our story is about two people who also met the risen Christ. Let’s read our story.
Help the kids find Luke, chapter 24, verses 13 to 35. (Encourage kids to bring their own Bibles!) To maximize art time you should read the story. It is still very important though, for the kids to find the place in their Bible, and follow along. In week 2 and 3 you might try asking them to tell you the story. Or you might start reading and then ask—what happened next?
Say: So Jesus appeared to these two disciples. Did they recognize him right away? (no) When was it that they recognized him? (when he broke bread) What other Bible story have we learned about that included breaking bread? (the Last Supper where Jesus taught his disciples to break bread as a way to remember Jesus)
How did the disciples feel after they’d seen the risen Christ? (amazed, excited, happy)
These two disciples that had walked the seven miles to Emmaus were so excited that they went all the way back to Jerusalem even though it was now night time. They couldn’t wait to tell the other disciples. Jesus was alive.
Ask: How do you feel knowing that Jesus is alive? (accept all answers) At Easter time every year we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. But this is something we can celebrate everyday. To help remind us of the joy we feel because of Easter, let’s make egg shell mosaic crosses.
Directions for art project:
Give everyone a piece of the card stock paper. Have them write their name on the back. Pass out the other supplies. Show them how to use the paintbrush to apply glue to a small area of the cross and then glue on eggshell pieces. Use a toothpick to move shells to desired location on the cross. Allow to dry completely before handling.
Additional discussion while kids work:
Say: It’s not very nice to think about, but the cross was actually an awful death for Jesus. Crucifixion was a cruel form of punishment. It often took 2 to 4 days for a person to die. Jesus died much quicker than usual, in less than a day. In the early Church, the cross was not used at all as a symbol, because it was such a gruesome reminder of the cruel way Christ had to die. It was not until 5th Century, when Roman rule had passed and the personal memory of crucifixion had ceased, that the cross became a symbol of the Christian Church. The cross is a symbol today because we have come to know the cross was not the end of the story. We now see the cross as a symbol of hope and new life. Jesus died to pay the price for all our sins. Remember we learned in a previous rotation about what sin is? (anything that separates us from God) This means that when we sin, we can ask for forgiveness and know that God loves us and forgives us. Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
When it’s time to wrap up, say: In closing, let’s remember always the message of the cross. Right after Jesus’ resurrection the disciples may not have used a cross as a symbol but they understood what had happened. They saw the risen Christ. Remember the verse in our story: “Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him” Luke 24:31a (NRSV)
Ask if anyone would like to lead the group in prayer. Say a prayer yourself if no one volunteers. A suggestion: Thank you God for Easter every day. Thank you for helping us to recognize you, with us in our lives. Amen.
Have the kids help with clean up – putting extra eggshells back into zip bags, etc.
Written by Carol Hulbert for First United Methodist Church
120 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Copyright 2002 First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI.
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