Jesus appears to his disciples

Watch on YouTube/read the Bible story online

John 20: 19-31


The “resurrection” of Jesus is a core part of Christian faith — the idea that Jesus’s death was not the end. Whatever happened was wonderful but strange and difficult to understand.

Jesus’s resurrection body is different but still with something of what went before. He is not ashamed of his wounded body: he shows his scars. Yet he seems able to turn up in a locked room. Everyone in the room was Jewish, so “for fear of the Jews” is probably talking about the political and religious leaders.

Jesus breathes on the disciples so they receive the Holy Spirit. This is an echo of the story of God breathing life into the first human (Genesis 2:7). In the languages the Bible was written in, the same word means “breath”, “wind” and “spirit”.

Thomas is not there one week and back the next. Maybe this makes us think of forgiveness: he has wandered away but comes back and is welcomed. When Thomas sees Jesus’s wounds he says: “My Lord and my God”. The Roman emperor of the time when the gospel was written liked to be called “Lord and God”. But it is Jesus who deserves those titles.

And Thomas is a link to us: we have not “seen” in the same way those first disciples could see Jesus.


Icebreaker/quickbuild  Make an object – we will tell you what you have to create and give you five minutes to work on it!
Story/home Make your way into church – collect a firework on your way in. We will read the first prayer (laminated sheets) and listen to the story.

Refreshments are served!
/Easter You have 20 minutes or so to build something in response to the story, either on your own, or team up with others. 
·       A locked room, where the disciples feel safe?
·       A model of Jesus, as Thomas sees him
·       Go back to earlier in the Easter story – an Easter garden, with the open tomb
If you don’t fancy building you can go back to the home village (/home) and read the story again in the church, or read some of the other stories in the library, or you might want to just explore the world, or work on your house.
While you are creating, think about these questions with the adults on your table.
I Wonder: 
·         which part of this story you like the best?
·         what part is the most important?
·         where you are in this story or what part of the story is about you?
·         if there is any part of this story we can leave out and still have all the story we need?
There are many other things that can make us WONDER – what are you thinking about?
Final Prayer/home Back to the church for our final prayer (laminated sheet)
Dance/home We’ll put some music on and let your Minecraft characters dance about using jumping or emotes!
GamesWe will disconnect the server and then ask you to rejoin. This time it will be a games server. Free play while the adults tidy up!!