Easter Explorers Day 3

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Bible reading Day 3

This bible reading is taken from the gospel of Matthew, chapter 27, verses 45-56, when Jesus is dying on the cross.

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ (which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’).

When some of those standing there heard this, they said, ‘He’s calling Elijah.’

Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, ‘Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.’

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’

Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

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List of things you may need for Easter explorers:

  • The print out sheets for crafts and bible passages


  • Something for a donkey tail (a ribbon, tea towel or belt)
  • A teddy
  • A plastic cup
  • Jug of water
  • A blindfold or scarf
  • Objects that are fun to guess whilst blindfolded
  • An egg or a ball


  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Colouring crayons
  • 2 clothes pegs
  • Pretty Paper or wrapping paper
  • Ingredients for bread rolls:
    • 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted (or canola oil)
    • 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp milk (approx. 150ml)
    • 1/2 tbsp sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
    • Mixing bowl
    • Whisk
    • Baking sheet/paper
    • Oven proof tray
  • Empty tomb edible craft:
    • A plain biscuit (rich tea or digestive)
    • A jammy dodger
    • Icing sugar
    • Chocolate buttons/egg
    • Green colouring (optional)

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