Last year I decided to incorporate making slime into our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. The kids were so into making slime at the time that I knew it would hold their attention while teaching them a story many of them had heard a few times. I am shocked that kids are still so into making slime this year. I thought I would share what we did last year in our services for anyone looking for a fresh way to share the Easter story with their kids.
Good Friday Message (Black and Red Slime)
When God created humans they were created in His image, they were sinless and blameless at this point. Make white slime with borax, water and white glue. He formed Adam from the dust of the Earth and breathed the breath of life into Him. He also took a rib from Adam and formed Eve. Separate half of the white slime into another bowl. God gave them everything in the garden except one thing. God warned them in Genesis 2:16-17, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
Unfortunately, sin entered the world through temptation. Pour black food coloring into one of the bowls of white slime. A snake came to Eve and tempted her into eating the fruit from the one tree God told her not to eat, and to make it worse she talked Adam into doing the same. Because they chose to disobey God, they were banished from the beautiful garden and sin was now a part of human life. Every time any one messed up and sinned they would have to offer an animal as a sacrifice to God.
Fast forward to the New Testament. Jesus came down to earth. We know that he lived a perfect and sinless life while he was on earth so He could replace those sacrifices as the ultimate sacrifice for all of our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” When Jesus died on the cross at the end of His life on earth, He took all of our sins on Himself all at once. Allow black slime to completely cover your hand.
Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for us by giving his life and shedding His blood for us on the cross. Add red food coloring to the other bowl of white slime. Jesus died one of the most painful and humiliating deaths for us. He didn’t deserve it, He did it for us. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” We deserve to die because of our sins, but because Jesus made the sacrifice for us, we have the opportunity to have our sins forgiven and to live forever in heaven.
We covered a large cross with white butcher paper and had it standing on the stage during the entire message. At the end of the message I invited the kids to write sins they were struggling with on the cross with black markers. We gave them a few minutes to spend some time remembering Jesus’ sacrifice and thanking Him at the foot of the cross.
Do not get rid of your black and red slime! Also, do not take down your cross or remove the paper. You will be using all of these items for the Easter Sunday message. After the kids left on Friday night we spray painted the paper on the cross with gold paint for Sunday morning to symbolize Jesus taking our sins away. If you do not have a separate Good Friday service, you can use these two messages combined for one message on Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday Message (Gold Slime)
Recap Good Friday Message
On Good Friday we talked about how sin entered the world way back at the beginning, in Genesis 3 with Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve allowed temptation to get the best of them and they ate fruit from the only tree God had forbidden them to eat from. Ever since then, we all have sin in our lives. Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Hold up black slime. Jesus, who was perfect and completely without sin, took all of our sins on Himself on the cross. Hold up black slime in hand and allow it to cover your hand. Show cross picture with all the sins written on it from Friday night. Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for all of us when he gave His life and shed His innocent blood on the cross. Hold up the red slime.
Did Jesus deserve to die? Allow kids to respond. Who deserved it? Allow kids to respond. All of us. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” So, Jesus died on the cross. Let’s imagine for a moment what it must have been like the weekend that Jesus was dead, for his disciples and followers. Jesus had told them himself multiple times that he would have to die, but that he would come back to life on the third day. Matthew 16:21 says, “From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.” However, many of them seemed to have forgotten that.