On the Road to Emmaus
Last week we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, when He rose from the dead. Jesus stayed on Earth for a further 40 days before he ascended into Heaven to be with His Father. In the time between Easter and His ascension Jesus appeared to his followers on several occasions. One of the first appearances to them was on the road to Emmaus.
The Bible reading, activities and prayer ideas are below.
You can read the story in the Bible in Luke 24: 13 – 35.
Here is the Bible reading with some questions and an explanation for older children.
Watch the story here:
Looking for Jesus binoculars
In the Bible reading it says ‘And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him’ Luke 24:31
Using a kitchen roll tube (or alternative) make some binoculars as a reminder that we need to look for and see Jesus. Stick 2 kitchen roll tubes together or cut one in half and stick them together with Sellotape. Decorate them.
The binoculars can help children to understand that we need to open our eyes to see Jesus.
Colour the attached picture and cut out the people and either stick on the background or stick them on a lolly stick/ piece of card and cut a slit in the picture to make the followers and Jesus walk along the road.
Jesus walked alongside His followers. As a reminder that we too are walking with Jesus you could make some painted footprints or draw around your feet and cut them out. Perhaps make a trail to follow out of footprints.
Wordsearch, maze and crossword
Have a short walk around the garden or house. Stop several times and say a short prayer each time. Some ideas are below but you could use any prayers.
Lord our God, we thank and praise you for the greatness of your love, shown to us in Jesus Christ, who was willing to die for us, to bring us into your family, and to bless us with the life that lasts for ever.
We thank you for the new life we celebrate at Easter; help us to keep growing in the life that never comes to an end.
We pray for our families, our friends, and all those we care about: fill them with hope and happiness.
We pray for people who are unhappy today: those who are hungry, or homeless, those who fear violence or harm; may they find protection and peace.
We pray for those who are ill, or facing difficulties: may they find hope in the cross of Christ, and be strengthened by the knowledge of your love.
Lord, accept our prayers, and be with us now and for ever.