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Including: Cross, Jesus, Caiaphas, Pilate, Scourging, Nails, Centurion, Golgotha, Place of the Skull, Calvary, Empty Tomb, Resurrection, Women, Mary Magdalene,, Gardner, Peter, and related stories. Matthew 26, Mark 14, Mark 16, Luke 22, John 18, Matthew 28, Mark 16, John 20:1-18, Luke 24, resurrection, etc. 

Bible lessons for Holy Week -with video, audio-visual, movie, video-tape, animated Bible, etc.

A lesson outline by member Hillary S.


Video WorkshopThe jesus Film

This lesson uses part of the ""Jesus & His Times" DVD documentary by Questar.

Moderator notes:  Questar's "Jesus and His Times" uses footage from the Jesus Film as it's main source, but instead we hear a narrator and Jesus speaks in Aramaic. It also intersperses artwork and illustrations to focus on certain topics. We recommend you use "Jesus", aka The Jesus Film instead (pictured) .

Scripture References:

Matthew 21: 1 – 11, 26:1-5, 14 – 30, 36-56


  • Read the bible passage.
  • Watch the video ahead of time.
  • Have the movie ready to go.
  • Pop the popcorn

Materials List:

  • "Jesus & His Times" DVD by Questar (available through Questar or Vision video)
  • Popcorn & water

Lesson Plan

Greet the children and introduce yourself.  Explain how today's lesson will unfold and what you hope they'll learn.

Show the Video

You will be using the “Jesus & His Times" video (details below) for this lesson. Prepare popcorn and some water for drinking. Settle the children and introduce the video. 

Run the video starting at “The Final Days” section. It is about 5 minutes into the video.  Here are the scenes that will be viewed:

  • Palm Sunday- Jesus enters Jerusalem, Jerusalem today
  • The Temple in Jesus’ Day - money changers, Temple authorities, Passover, Caiaphas
  • Mount of Olives (You can skip this section about the olive press –resume where Jesus kneels for prayer on the Mount.
  • The inner precincts of the Temple, sacrifice, priests, rituals
  • Passover feast – how they put Jesus to death, Last Supper, arrest, Messiah? , Pilate, Crucifixion explained


Debriefing the story...

What did the students learn about life in Jerusalem in Jesus’ day?
(They should have noticed that the Temple dominated the city both visually and in daily life. It was the focus for so much, was a place of trade and ritual and prayer.)

What were the Romans doing in Jerusalem? (The Romans tolerated the Jews and their worship but recognized that major festivals, like Passover, were dangerous times…why might the people revolt? They expect a Messiah warrior who will save them from worldly forces…they are under occupation.)

What happened at the Temple on a daily basis? (sacrifices, prayer, teaching)

What did Jesus do at the Temple? (First, we see him clearing out the money-changers, then we see him teaching there. What do they make of these two?)

What was Passover and how is it connected to the Last Supper and Lord's Supper/Communion?

What was Jesus accused of having done?

What is significant about the crown of thorns and the sign nailed above his head? (Jesus was mocked. They didn't believe him. Have you ever been made fun of?  The sign was to announce his sentence, "This man said he was King of the Jews." It is ironic that Pilate said to leave the sign.

What BIG ENDING to the story did we stop short of seeing? (Resurrection)

Go Deeper:

Write these statements on index cards, shuffle them, and pass them out. Do this two or three times so that everyone has to answer several questions. If they get the same question twice, have them answer your "bonus" question (seen below).

Questions for the Cards:

  1. If I had been there when they arrested Jesus, I would have _____________________.
  2. If I had been there when they crucified Jesus, I would have ______________________
  3. When I think about what happened to Jesus, I feel _______________________.
  4. Name something a person can do to "reject" Jesus today.
  5. Bonus: I am grateful to God because Jesus gives me: ________________.

Pray with thanks for the life and death of Jesus, for his teaching and his suffering. Pray that we might be changed by that, by wanting to follow him more and not sin any more.

A lesson written by member Hilary 


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Video outline: The Legend of the Three Trees

(their wood gets used for a manger, a boat, and a cross)

An animated story narrated by Hal Holbrook, from Tommy Nelson.

There's also a beautiful book:
The Tale of Three Trees: a Traditional Folktale
by Angela Elwell Hunt
Chariot Victor Pub.
ISBN # 0745917437

Member Chris Engel posted this simplified version of the story as he had adapted it for a Good Friday drama:

"The Three Trees"
A Traditional Folk Tale

Cast of Characters

First Tree
Second Tree
Third Tree
Woodcutter 1
Woodcutter 2
Woodcutter 3
Tired Man

Carpenters, people in boat, people at foot of cross, Roman guard

Narrator: Once upon a mountaintop there were three little trees growing side by side and dreaming of what they wanted to become once they grew up big and tall. The first little tree looked up at the stars above and said:

First Tree: When I grow up, I want to hold lots and lots of treasure and be covered with gold and diamonds! I will sparkle more than the stars! I will be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!

Narrator: The second little tree looked around at the lovely mountain streams and said:

Second Tree: When I grow up I will be a strong sailing ship and I will travel the mighty waters and carry powerful Kings and Queens. I will be the strongest and most powerful ship in the world!

Narrator:And finally the third little tree looked down the mountain to the village below. She saw all the busy people working and said

Third Tree: I don’t want to leave this mountain ever! I want to grow so big and tall that people will look at me and raise their eyes to heaven and think of God! I will be the biggest tree in the universe!

Narrator: Many years went by. The rain fell, the wind blew, the sun shined and the 3 little trees grew tall. One day 3 woodcutters climbed the mountain.

Woodcutter 1: This is a wonderful tree; it is perfect for what I need!
(Woodcutter chops down the tree)
Tree 1: Now I will be made into a beautiful treasure chest! I shall hold so much treasure!

Woodcutter 2 (looking at tree 2): This is a strong tree! Just what I need! (Chops down tree)

Tree2: Now I will finally sail the mighty waters and be a ship for kings and queens!

Narrator: The third tree trembled in fear as the last woodcutter looked her way. She tried to stand brave and tall and point to heaven. But the third woodcutter didn’t notice her efforts and didn’t think of God. He didn’t even look up.

Woodcutter 3 Frown

muttering and shrugging shoulders) Any old tree will do for me!
(Cuts tree 3)

(Trees all get taken to the side carpenters shop we should have tables and wood and tools. We can pull kids or people out of the crowd to pretend they are working away.)

Narrator: The first tree was so excited when the woodcutter brought him to the carpenters, but the carpenter was not making treasure chests. Instead he made the little tree into a lowly feed box for animals. The proud tree was not made into a treasure chest and filled with gold and diamonds; rather he was filled with hay for hungry animals.

The second tree was so happy when she realized she was going to be made into a boat, her dream was coming true! But there was no need for a mighty sailing boat that day, so the second tree was made into a humble fishing boat. She was too small and weak to sail the oceans and she was taken to a little lake where she spent her life bringing in loads of dead smelly fish.

The third tree was sad when the woodcutter made her into strong beams and threw her on a pile of lumber in the yard. She knew her dream of pointing to God would never come true.

Many days and nights passed and the three trees almost forgot their dreams. But one night the first tree looked up from the stable and saw a special star, and he remembered his dream of diamond and golden treasure. And instead of holding treasure a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feed box.

Man: I wish I could make a real cradle for him!
Woman: This manger is just perfect. It’s beautiful.

Narrator: And suddenly the first tree realized he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening many years later, the second tree was sailing on the lake carting a tired man and his friends. Suddenly the weather changed from calm to stormy, and the second tree was so afraid. She knew she was too weak to carry these people through the wind and rain. (Have narrator or director direct audience to perform following storm effect…Audience makes storm sound effect. Rain storm effect: first snapping fingers then rubbing hands back and forth then slapping legs then stomping feet to create the gradually building sound of a storm.)

Tired Man: (stands up and says loudly) “Peace!”

Narrator: The storm stopped and suddenly the second tree knew she was carrying the King of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, not long after that, the third tree was frightened awake when her beams were yanked from a forgotten woodpile. (Take wood from front and carry to back of church) Her beams were nailed together and then she was carried through an angry mocking crowd (here crowd yells as cross is carried to front altar by all the children) She shook as a man was nailed to her. She felt very ugly and cruel.

But on Sunday morning when the sun rose and the world sung for joy, the third tree realized that God’s love had changed everything.

It had made the first tree a beautiful.
It had made the second tree strong
And every time people thought of the third tree, they thought of God.

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Holy Week

Video Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the video: "The Story Behind the Cross" from the Visual Bible for Kids . Distributed by Tommy Nelson

For Grades 3, 4 & 5

Scripture Reference:

Matthew 21:1-11 and 26:1-56

Memory Verse:
“We may make a lot of plans but the Lord will do what he has decided." Proverbs 19:21 (CEV)


  1. Through Jesus, God did what God had promised in the Bible.
  2. Jesus chose to be an obedient disciple of God.
  3. Even though we betray him, Jesus died so our sins would be forgiven.

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Children will view the video “The Story Behind the Cross.”
  2. The children will make a stick cross and discuss the meaning of the cross.

Leader preparation:

  • Gather the materials.
  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Watch the video ahead of time.
  • Pop the popcorn
  • Have the movie ready to go.

Materials List:

  • "The Story Behind the Cross" video.
  • Raffia
  • 2 sticks per child – 6-8 inches, finger width in diameter. Gather them from the ground under trees outside. We are going for the rustic look.
  • Popcorn

Lesson Plan

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Explain the purpose of this workshop. This unit is a study of Holy Week. We will look for evidence that Jesus knew he was going to die as part of God’s plan. We will see how Jesus chose to obey God even when faced with a terrible death. We will think about who betrays Jesus.


Bible Story:
1. Discuss: We can’t predict the future can we? So, we can’t always stop bad things from happening to us. But, if you knew something terrible was going to happen to you, like a car accident, wouldn’t you try to prevent it? (yes!!)

Did Jesus know he was going to die? (yes) If Jesus is God, who become a man, why didn’t Jesus save himself from being crucified? (Jesus knew that his death was part of God’s plan and Jesus was obedient to God even though he suffered a terrible death.)

2.Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Watch the video and listen for the answer to this question.

Evidence that Jesus knew he was going to die. As you watch the video and you hear Jesus predict his death, silently raise your hand. (Hint: Jesus calls himself the Son of Man)
(Answer: There are two predictions by Jesus of his death in the video:

By the river, Jesus tells the disciples that in two days the Son of Man will be handed over to his enemies and nailed to a cross. (Matt 26: 2)

When the woman poured perfume over Jesus, he reminded the disciples (and Judas) that she was preparing his body for burial. Jewish custom was to anoint the bodies with perfumes, there would not be an opportunity for this to happen prior to Jesus’ death.)

Start the video.

It’s about 30 minutes long if cued to just after the opening credits. Give the children a warning: the scene in which Jesus is crucified is very graphic and sad. If you need to, please close your eyes or look away.

3. Distribute the popcorn with help from the Shepherds or volunteer children. (Popcorn should already be made.)


  1. Discuss. When did Jesus predict his own death? (see above) By this we know that Jesus knew of his horrible ordeal to come, yet he chose to obey God.
  2. Note that Jesus did not defend himself. Why? (Jesus was obedient to God. He knew God had a plan for him.)
  3. Who betrayed Jesus? (Everybody – the disciples and Peter in their denials, Judas, the crowds in seeking to have Jesus crucified, the Pharisees and religion leaders who made up charges, Pilate (he washes his hands) and we betray Jesus every time we sin.)
  4. Why did Jesus have to die? (Jesus had to die on the cross in order to save us from our sins, for everything we do wrong. Jesus paid a huge price for our sins – every one of us -- so that we are forgiven and can have eternal life. Now nothing can separate us from God.)

    Recite John 3:16 (a previous memory verse) together: “God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.” (CEV)

    Make a Cross
  5. Show the children a wooden cross that you have made from sticks. Explain that the cross is a symbol of the Christian church. It is not just a reminder of the cruel way that Jesus died, but something much better. Jesus died and paid the price for all our sins. That means that when we do something bad, we can ask for forgiveness and know that God loves us and forgives us. Nothing can separate us from God’s love. Point out to the children that the cross is empty; Jesus is not on it. After he was crucified, Jesus arose from the dead. The empty cross is a sign that Jesus has been raised from death into everlasting life and that we, as followers of Jesus, share in his new life. Jesus lives forever in us and in the church.
  6. Give each child two stick and some raffia. Use the raffia to tie the 2 sticks together as a cross. Think about the significance of the cross and what it means to be forgiven.


Recite the memory verse together:
“We may make a lot of plans but the Lord will do what he has decided.” Proverbs 19:21 (CEV)

Why is this a good verse to remember? (It was God’s plan that Jesus pay the price for our sins so we can have eternal life. Jesus was obedient to God’s plan. God has a plan for us too. Perhaps that is why some things don’t turn out as we expect. We should seek out God’s plan for ourselves in prayer)

Close with a prayer.


  • Video: "The Story Behind the Cross" from the Visual Bible for Kids . Distributed by Tommy Nelson. 1999. Thomas Nelson, Inc., 501 Nelson Place, Nashville, TN 37214. (Out of Print)

A lesson written by Catherine from: Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church
Cary, NC

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Nest Entertainment has two good animated Bible videos covering Holy Week stories.

Worthy is the Lamb (Holy Week)
Worthy is the Lamb is an accurate account of the last days of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus has been preparing his followers for his death, burial and resurrection. As he tells his disciples of the final days ahead, he discloses that one of them will betray him. All of the disciples are concerned by this accusation from Jesus but don’t seem to notice as Judas leaves. Jesus is greeted with praise and hosannas as He triumphantly enters Jerusalem. The praise of the people is met with hostility and the jealous anger of some of the unscrupulous leaders. After He is betrayed by the kiss of Judas, He endures suffering and crucifixion. But as the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ rises again! All that was written by the Old Testament prophets is accomplished!


He is Risen
The most powerful story of all – from Christ’s heroic sacrificial death on the cross to the glorious joy of the resurrection on Easter, to his miraculous ascension.

View a preview of He Is Risen on YouTube:



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Four-minute animated overview of Jesus’ Arrest, Crucifixion, and Resurrection posted for free on YouTube by Lifeway from their Gospel Project for Kids curriculum. Includes a student and teacher as onscreen narrators.

This short video is sort of a "Resurrection Egg" idea. Watch for each colored egg and find a piece of our story. Enjoy!

Bible images copyright Kirsty McAllister from Lamp Bible Pictures used with permission:

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