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In addition to these public lessons and ideas for teaching the stories of Jesus' Empty Tomb and Resurrection, several of our Writing Team's lesson sets cover Holy Week stories. Here's the Team's link to the John 20 story of Mary Magdalene, Peter, and John ~ Meeting Jesus at the Empty Tomb.

Post-Resurrection Stories of Jesus:
Road to Emmaus, Jesus eats breakfast,
Feed My Sheep, Great Commission, Ascension

(Illustration from Vallotton  Collection at

Computer Lessons, Ideas, Activities, and Resources for the Empty Tomb and Resurrection.

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Including: Jesus, Stone rolled away, angels, He is risen, Mary Magdalene, Women at tomb, and related stories. Matthew 28:1-18, Mark 16, John 20:1-18, Luke 24, resurrection, etc. 

Bible lessons for the Empty Tomb and Resurrection -with Computer, software, interactive stories, games, etc.

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Listing of Resurrection Stories found in the SunScool Bible App

View our SunScool page for a comprehensive outline and breakdown of stories by age-level (L1, L2, L3, L4)

The SunScool Bible App for kids and youth is FREE.

Supporting Members can download the complete outline we created for the app, as well as, specific outlines of Christmas and Holy Week outlines of the stories covered in the app and for which age levels. Join today.

Here are screenshots from the outline that Supporting Members can access.

Resurrection stories found in the SunScool Bible App

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The Women at the Tomb

Computer Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activity:
Through the use of software the children will learn about the Women at the tomb after Jesus’ resurrection. Older children will use the Life of Christ  software and younger children will use Play and Learn Children's Bible CD.

Play and Learn Children's Bible CD is now out of print (only works on Windows Me/XP/Vista, and Windows 7- 32 bit.)

Scripture Reference:
Matthew 28:1-15 (or just 1-10), Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12 & John 20:1-18 (or 21 or 30)

Key Verse:
The angel said to the women,"Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said."  Matthew 28:5-6a

Workshop Themes:

  • God raised Jesus from death to life.
  • The resurrection of Jesus is the central event in the Christian faith.
  • The risen Christ is still alive and rules over heaven and earth.
  • The resurrection is a matter of faith, not proof.


  • God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus is alive! He was raised from the dead to give us new life.
  • The women found Jesus’ tomb empty.
  • God sent an angel to open the tomb. The stone was moved away, not to let Jesus out, but to show the tomb was empty, so people could see Jesus had risen from the dead.
  • The resurrected Jesus appeared to his followers; first the women, then to disciples in a locked room.
  • The empty tomb and resurrection appearances help us believe in Jesus.
  • Even disciples sometimes doubt (Thomas).
  • To see Mary Magdalene as a disciple of Jesus. She was a person of faith, devotion and commitment.
  • Jesus Christ is always present with us and with his church.

Leader Preparation:

  • Explore the program ahead of time.
  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Have the program loaded and ready to go before the children arrive.
  • Write the key verse on the dry erase board.
  • Prepare Memory Flashcards.

Materials List:

  • Life of Christ CD for older students; Play and Learn Children's Bible CD for younger students.
  • Computers
  • Memory flashcards with "Resurrection," “Do not be afraid," “He is not here,” “Come and See,” "Go and Tel.,"

Lesson Plan for Older Students

Opening :

Gather the children together in a circle on the floor.

Introduce yourself and have the children introduce themselves to each other, including any, parents, Shepherds and guests.

Since we are trying to build relationships with and among the kids, it would help them learn about each other by asking them a question each week, such as favorite color, how many brothers and sisters they have, what school they go to, favorite subject… It’s fun for them and helps them find things in common with the other kids.

Ask the children if they ever heard of the big word “Resurrection”? Hold up the memory flashcard with the word Resurrection on it. Remind them that Jesus rose from the dead.

Read the posted memory verse and reference together. Go over it a few times to enable the
students to become familiar with the words.

Talk about what the verse means. (In later rotations, you can see if anyone can recite it from memory!)


Read the scripture from the Bible. You may choose some of the suggested scripture, or all of it, depending on the ages of the children:

Matthew 28:1-15 (or just 1-10), Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12 & John 20:1-18 (or 21 or 30)

Learning with the Life of Christ CD:

Insert Life of Christ CD. This always needs to be inserted to operate.

Click on Continue Exploration and click on your class color or any name to open (example: 1st & 2nd grade = orange).

Opens to Professor Newhart’s Office. Click on the wooden crate (Lesson Index).

In the lesson index, click on the Jesus is Alive Forever and Ever! section.

Click on lesson # 34 "The Buriel and Resurrection"

The story will be told. (Note that 2 Gospels are noted as reference passages) The narrator reads from the Gospel “Do not be afraid”,“He is not here” and “Come and See”; point to the cards hanging that states these words as emphasis.
Have these vocabulary cards hanging on the dry erase board along with the “Go and Tell” card.

When the story ends, answer the questions at the end: Would you react more like the women or the guards? Why?

Take the quiz. Click on the green circle on the bottom right of the screen to continue. Do not worry about clues or recording scores at this time.

For Fun:

When done with the lesson, the children can take this challenge:

  • Move your cursor to the left of the screen and click office to get back to Professor’s office. Click on the books on the shelf.
  • Click on the Bible Facts book.
  • Team up with two or three students and test your Bible knowledge. Choose any category. These questions can be very challenging; they may use their Bibles to look up the verses given.


Close in prayer: Dear Holy Father, Thank-you for this time together. Help us not to doubt in your Son’s resurrection or other matters of faith. Help us to be like Mary and to tell everyone the good news. Through your Son’s name we pray. Amen.

Lesson Plan for Younger Students


See Opening for older students above.


Read the scripture from the Bible. You may choose some of the suggested scripture lessons, or all of them, depending on the ages of the children.

Matthew 28:1-15 (or just 1-10), Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12 & John 20:1-18 (or 21 or 30)

Have the youngest children look at the pictures; the 1st & 2nd graders and older can assist by taking take turns reading.

In the younger children’s Bibles, the following lessons are available:
The Beginners Bible, (Pre-K-K): pg. 486
Read With Me Bible, (1 & 2 grade): pg. 398

Learning with The Play and Learn Children's Bible CD:
Gather the children 2 to a computer.

Click on "Play and Learn" icon on desktop display or have the program running before the children arrive.

Have the computer sound turned down on all but one computer or it gets too noisy and confusing.

Have a parent or Shepherd assist the younger children to get started. Click on "Bible Stories" and then "Jesus is Our Friend"

Click on the "Some Women Visit Jesus’ Tomb" story.

You will be asked, "Would you like us to read the story?" Click on "Yes". This works best if only one computer is turned up, the rest quieter.

You could try asking the 1st & 2nd grade class if they would like to take turns reading the story.

If you click "Yes" the story will be told. After each frame the student must click on the green forward arrow to advance the story.

There are questions during the story that you may wish to discuss as you go along.

Page 1: “They went to put spices on His body”. After the children have heard page 1, do not let them advance until after discussion. Talk about why there really was a large stone in front of Jesus’ tomb (the stone was not rolled back so Jesus could get out, but that others could see that He rose from the dead as He promised).

Page 2: Shows the stone has been rolled away. An angel waits. Hold up card that says; “Do not be afraid”. Say: In the Bible, it says that the angel said: “Do not be afraid”. Ask the children: Why do you think the women would be afraid? Discuss this. Move on to page 3.

Page 3: “He has risen!” The angel says “Come and see where His body was lying”. The women remembered that Jesus said He would do this. Hold up the “Come and See” card and discuss how if that if we had been us at the tomb, we would want to check to really make sure that Jesus wasn’t there. Move on to page 4.

Page 4: The angel says “Go and Tell that Jesus is alive!” Hold up the card that says “Go and Tell”. Say: We are to go and tell everyone this great news too. Have the children stand up and shout “Go and tell everyone that Jesus is alive!” Have them repeat this several times.

When the story is complete, click on the return arrow and repeat the story so that the children can participate in the animations on the screen.

Each page can be pointed at and clicked on, the pictures will do silly animated things and make strange noises. The kids like this part.

Click back to the Game Room.

Women at the Tomb paint activity.
Under the ‘Puzzle Place' section, children can click on the bottom row, 3rd picture from the left: Women at the tomb.

Select Level 1, 2 or 3 (depending on age group) and select Mix. This mixes the squares for children to rearrange to form correct picture.

Have the children take turns and make sure they share the mouse.

The children may then enjoy going into ‘The Games Room’ then to ‘Coloring Book’, click on 4th row down, the last picture. This shows a picture of women telling others of Jesus’ resurrection.

The children can play with the software when the lesson has been completed.

For the 1st & 2nd graders, you may want to use the available activity sheets. Please assist the children with this activity.

The 1st & 2nd graders may even follow through on the Older Children’s lesson if you choose.


Close in prayer: Dear Holy Father, Help us to go and tell everyone we know about the good news of Jesus rising from the dead. Thank-you for gathering us together today through your Son’s name. And all God’s children said: AMEN!

A lesson written by Cathy Weygandt, Barb Hartigan and Debbie Edel from: Trinity Lutheran Church
Findlay, OH

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The Resurrection

A Computer Workshop Lesson Sketch Using the Actual Reality Software

Summary of Lesson Activities:

This lesson uses the Actual Reality software CD which is no longer in print, but we've left it here for the many rotation  Sunday Schools and people who still own a copy.

UPDATE: You can download an "ISO" copy that will run fine in Windows 10 or 11 from  Select the ISO image version. It's about 650 megabytes so will take a bit to download. After downloading, double click to open, select "details" and "run away" to unzip it. Then click the actreal.exe file to run it!  Tip: Use Window's Display Scale control to set screen to 150% to make it fill the screen.  Learn more here and also get a copy of the old Outline to Actual Reality.

Actual Reality CD is/was a deep interactive collection of creatively presented video vignettes and startling graphics and short texts about various "Christianity 101" subjects presented by Christian recording artists from the 1990's and early 2000's. Subjects include: "Who is Jesus?" "What does the word Christ mean?" and "What about the Resurrection?" Originally designed for teens, it's content can be explored by children provided you go with them. The software includes many Christian rock-artists talking about these subjects and their faith, and includes clips of some of their music.  It runs on Windows and was widely available through various sources, including Sunday Software, in the late 1990's and early 2000's.

The following plan features instructions for using various presentations in the CD. You can pick and choose your way through the sections. You can copy the following instructions and turn them into a WORKSHEET to guide your students and record their responses.

Lesson Sketch

View the section: "RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD? How do we know?"

Say: Sometimes people will tell us that there on other reasons that Jesus wasn’t in the tomb when the woman went to prepare his body. They come up with these other reasons simply because they don't believe in God, or doubt God's ability to raise someone from the dead, or think Jesus' followers simply made the story up. How do you know it happened? How do you believe it? In this first part of Actual Reality, we'll hear about that and then discuss it.

Click on "Stuff to Know"
Click on the "City" (Parking Meter graphic)
Click on the "Theater" which is showing a startling presentation titled: “Raised from the Dead?”

Listen to Rebecca St. James
Click on "theories" 1, then 2, 3, and 4.

  1. Stolen Body

  2. Miraculous recovery

  3. Mistaken Graven

  4. He is Risen

Which one makes most sense to you. Why? What does the Bible say?

Have the students next Click on the "VG" icon, here they will be provided with passages from the bible. Have them also look up the passages in their own bible.

More Sections about Christ in the software to explore....


Click on Stuff to know
Click on The City
Click on the Police Station poster graphic: "Christ who is this man?"
Listen to People describe who they think Jesus is? Which one seemed the best, the worst?
Look up & Read Matthew 16:13-20

Think about how people who live in Jesus time were no different than us, they also wondered who Jesus was. How can a person know Jesus? What do we in the church do to know him?

Click on the "papers on the table" graphic.
Click on the Clock graphic.
Click on the book on the table
We are give 6 descriptions of Who is Christ?
1. Party Animal
2. The Convict
What was Jesus crime? Blasphemy
What does blasphemy mean? Click on VG
3. The Child Scholar
4. Blue Collar Worker
5. The Man of Color
6. The Enforcer

Which one of the 6 descriptions is easiest for you to remember Who Christ is? No right or wrong answer

Click on Second TV graphics, and then "Why?"
It asks, Why does God forgive us? What have you done to deserve Gods forgiveness? (Nothing)

Click on the "Saved 100%" sign.
Look up John 3:16-17 in your Bible
What does this passage say was Jesus' mission?

Click on the "Free Gift" sign.
Look up Ephesians 2:8 in your Bible, compare it to the passage on the screen. In one sentence summarize the verse in your own words or how would you tell this to your friend. ( Ex: God saves us through grace.)

Click on "Redeem Coupons Here"
Look up Colossians 1:13-14 in your Bible. compare it to the passage on the screen. In one sentence put this passage into your own words in a way you could tell your friend.

Click on "Third Day Stage" (Third Day is a rock group)
Click on bottom TV, "Forever Third Day"
Click on "Reaching Out"
How can/do you talk to God?
What do you talk to God about?
Click on "Ways"
What dont you want to give up to follow Jesus? or
What have you given up to follow God?
Click on "The same"
Write about a time when you treated someone badly or you were reated badly.

Click on "Looking"
What things of this world do you fill your life with?
Will those things fill your life? No
What will fill your life? God/Jesus
Click on "Sinners"
What good things have you done this week?
Can you ever be perfect? No (or Yes, through Jesus)
Who are we separated from God?
Click on the arrow to go back (x2)

Click on "The Way" sign
Why do we need God? (Click on the Red light for the answer)- we are-sinners
What are the wages of sin? (Click on Yellow light for the answer)death
What is the gift of God? (Should still be able to answer this in the Yellow light) Eternal life
When & How does God demonstrate (show) his love for us? (Click on the Green light for the answer)-While we were still sinners
Christs death

Click on the Green arrow
Look up Romans 10: 9-10 in your bible
What do you think confess means? Say it, speak it
What do you think justified means? Made right

Click on the "One Way" sign
How is Jesus the way, the truth and the life for you? Or how can Jesus be the way the truth & the life for you?

Click on the Arrow to go back (x2)

Click on "Music"
Find a song that you think sums up today's lesson and be prepared to play it for the class.

A lesson written by Wendy in Roch from: Glory to God Lutheran Church Rochester, MN.


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Create a "Word Cloud" or "Word Art" about the Empty Tomb and/or Resurrection Appearances of Jesus

Possible word themes students can create word art about:

  1. Key words from the story of the Empty Tomb,  Peter's words, the angel's speak, the women.
  2. Jesus speaks to Mary Magdalene (and us). What does he want us to go do? say?
  3. Things Jesus would say to us when we saw him
  4. What Jesus wants us to do now that we believe

Examples of rich phrases from Luke 24 that could be word-clouded:

  • Why do you look for the living among the dead?
  • The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again
  • But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense
  • he went away, wondering to himself what had happened
  • Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.

There are two really wonderful online word-art generators that are so easy to use, even the adults will be able to use them! and

Both are very similar, both are free, both allow you to download or print what you create, and each offers some different options. All you need is a computing device with a browser and an internet connection.

Jesus Word Cloud

More from our Computer Workshop "Word Clouds" topic...

"Word clouds" are a familiar and ancient form of illustrating with words

bible-micrographyIn the world of art and illustrated manuscripts, illustrating with the written word is known as "micrography." "Micro" because the illustrations often featured very small handwriting. ("Micro" can be a bit of a problem for small hands and early-writers.)

Having children illustrate WITH Bible text has three major learning benefits:

  1. They will grapple with, select, and remember the text.

  2. They will express the ideas/concepts/feelings behind the text, and their own understanding of it, by illustrating with them.

  3. They will produces a piece of scripture art that can go home, be displayed, be shared, and serve as a reminder of your lesson.

Creating Word Clouds with Online Tools

There have been several types of "word cloud creation" websites over the years. Currently, is one of the best. It's also free and very easy to use. ( is very good too)

For Sunday School, kids would need a tablet or PC with internet access. You will also want a printer.

Click the image below to see an enlarged version of their site's simple interface, or visit and try it for yourself.

Using Word Clouds in Sunday School

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