6 Ways To Use "Easter: Inside The Egg"
We created a brand new video resource around Easter called "Easter: Inside The Egg". Lahna suggests 6 different ways you could use this video in your School, Sixth Form College, or FE College.
1. Detached work
For those of you doing detached youth work around school, having a good conversation opener is important.
You can either use the video as the hook, “Have you seen this video?”, or use Easter as a hook, “Have you eaten any Easter eggs yet? What does this time of the year mean for you?”
Then they can watch it on their own phones (if allowed) or on your own phone/tablet.
You can follow up the video with questions such as:
“what do Easter eggs mean to you?"
"If this new life that Christians believe in is real, is it something you would like?"
"What would a clean slate mean for you, if all your mistakes could be forgiven and you could start again? How would it affect your life?"
2. Small group or Christian Union
For discussing advent with a small group of students, you could kickstart conversation either sharing your own experience of advent, or asking the students to share what comes to mind when they think of advent or Christmas.
If it is a lunchtime group, make this opener fun and engaging. For example, you could run an egg and spoon race using mini eggs or creme eggs or do an egg hunt (yes even 16-19 year olds will enjoy hunting for chocolate!).
You could then follow up this conversation by showing the video to the group.
To unpack the video, follow up with some questions, for example…
- What do you think about Easter? Is it a special time of the year for you?
- What does the phrase “new life” make you think of?
- If the idea that Jesus offers new life to all was true, is that something you would want?
If there is space in your School you could set up an installation around this video. Play the video from a TV screen or iPad, and set out a table. On the table you could lay out some white boards, chalk boards, or pieces of paper. As the students walk by, encourage them to watch the video. Once they have watched it, you could ask them the last question
“If you could wake up tomorrow with a clean slate, with mistakes and regrets gone, what would that mean for you?”
Then encourage them to write something down on the board or paper that they would like to move on from, to leave behind. Once they have written it down, they can then wipe the board clean or crumple the paper up.
They could then follow that up with writing on the slate what having a chance at new life means to them. Take photos of this and build your own collection of images.
4. School screens
Many Sixth Forms and Colleges have screens around reception or the main atrium.
You could use the subtitled video, available to download [at youthscape.co.uk/store/swvideo] and have it playing around the school building as a way of engaging students and making them think about this time of year.
The video can be used as part of a lesson themed around the Christian understanding of Easter. It counts as a primary source, as it shows people speaking about their own thoughts around faith. Students can dissect what the video means. The following questions could be asked:
- What is the Christian understanding of Easter?
- Watch the video together as a class.
- What does the Bible say about “new life”?
- Why might the offer of new life be a positive thing for Christians?
- If you could design something new that we could give/receive at Easter what would it be? How would it represent new life?
Depending on the context of the assembly, taking time restraints and your school's culture into consideration, you could use the video as part of an Easter themed assembly.
An assembly works best when framed around one big central idea or question, which could be “What do Easter eggs have to do with new life?” As well as including the video, we recommend having an introduction that gets the students interested, such as a personal story or a game.
After this you could then show the video.
To unpack the video, a time of feedback or reflection is helpful in getting students to think deeper. Here are some examples of questions you could use to help students process:
- What does Easter mean to you?
- What does this new life that Jesus offers mean?
- If you could have a clean slate, to have your mistakes and regrets forgiven and gone, what would that mean for you? Would it change how you live?
If appropriate in your setting you could share what it means to Christians that God came as a human, to live and die so that we could all have new life in Him. That we could have a chance of forgiveness and relationship with God.
Finish your assembly by coming back to the key question, "What do Easter eggs have to do with new life?", and give the students some time to reflect. You could have music playing in the background to help them stay focused.
You can find the video on our YouTube channel here:
You can download the video for free using the dropbox link here:
Subtitled video - https://www.dropbox.com/s/auwp...
Untitled video - https://www.dropbox.com/s/x4fa...