(by Amy Griffeth)
Here's the Easter program I did in our primary last year. It's from the friend, I added some songs and changed some songs.
Testimony of Easter ~ By Pat Graham
Because I live, ye shall live also (John 14:19).
Pat Graham, "Sharing Time: Testimony of Easter," Friend, Mar. 1986, 38
Directions: This Easter program can be presented by your family. Assign
parts to family members, and write each person's name in the blank by each
part. The picture parts can be assigned to young children who could cut out
and match numbered pictures as they say their parts: (1) branch with
buds-blossoms, (2) bulb-tulip, (3) egg-bird, (4) cocoon-butterfly, (5) empty
If possible, make copies of the entire program for everyone. Songs could be
sung by everyone, or some could be solos. If you don't have the music,
perhaps your ward librarian could help.
Song: "Jesus Has Risen" (Sing with Me, F-17).
The Easter story is a story of love. Heavenly Father loves us so much that He sent His Son to earth to atone for our sins. Jesus loves Heavenly Father; He was willing to obey Him. And Jesus loves each one of us. He gave His life so that we may be forgiven when we do something wrong and repent.
Read: John 15:13
Song: "Did Jesus Really Live Again?" (Supplement to More Songs for Children, page 6).
Jesus died and then was resurrected, which means that He lived-and lives-again. We do not fully understand how Jesus can live again, so we think of it as a miracle. There are many miracles all around us that help us understand the resurrection of Jesus.
Wintertime is long and dark; The flowers and seeds are sleeping.
They wait for the light of the sun to awaken them.
The warmth of spring brings them to life again. Like a testimony of the Easter story.
A wonderful thing happens in spring;
The birds sing, the grass becomes green,
The world is awake with the promise of life,
Restoring the earth in its fullness.
Song: "Nature's Easter Story" (Sing with Me, F-16).
Picture 1: Tiny brown buds become blossoms on a tree.
Picture 2: Dry bulbs pressed deep into the earth bloom again.
Picture 3: A little egg inside a nest becomes a bird.
Picture 4: From a gray cocoon, hidden beneath a leaf, comes a beautiful butterfly.
These tiny miracles help us to understand the greatest miracle of all, the Resurrection. When the stone was rolled away that Easter day, Jesus had risen from His tomb.
Picture 5 : "He is not here: for he is risen" (Matt. 28:6).
Adapt program for Sharing Time or for Sunday School Easter program.
Parts can be combined or divided. Some sections of program could be assigned to certain classes, and teachers could help children prepare their parts.
Decide which songs all children could learn, then have soloists or small groups sing others. Encourage heartfelt rather than boisterous singing.
Encourage children to memorize their parts. Make copies of program for all leaders so that they will be able to prompt/cue children.
If additional time is available, add songs, poems, and personal testimonies.