Good Friday

Bible Passage (for parents)
Jesus is Arrested and Crucified (John 18:1–19:42)

Jesus was arrested.  He was taken to the leaders.  A crown of thorns was placed on his head.  He was made to carry a big wooden cross.  His hands and feet were nailed to the cross.  Jesus died on the cross.  His friends were very sad, but Jesus had told them that he would rise from the dead.

Watch the story together (you may need to click on “copy link” in the upper right corner depending on your browser):



  • Why do we call this day “Good Friday?”
  • Jesus’ friends were sad when he died on the cross. What makes you sad?
  • What was the important thing that Jesus told his friends before he died?




Download this outline of a cross (here).  It can be colored in with crayons or markers or colored pencils.  If you have paint, you can use different colors, dip a finger in colors one at a time, and fill the cross in with paint fingerprints.  In the space on the bottom write “Jesus Loves Me” or “Jesus ♡ Me.”  You can display your completed cross in a window in your house so that those who pass by can see it.


Use a round cracker or cookie, spread peanut butter (if no one is allergic in your home) or Nutella or frosting, and then place broken pretzel pieces on it to resemble a crown of thorns.


Jesus died on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven.  While Good Friday can seem like a sad day, we remember that Jesus promised that he would rise from the dead.  We wait for Easter!

  • How does it feel to know that your sins are forgiven?
  • How can you share this good news with others?

Closing Prayer

Loving God, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus.  We thank you that your love for us is stronger than anything, even stronger than death.  Be with us as we wait for Easter morning!  Amen.


Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home.  There will be a new one for each Sunday (as well as for Holy Week) while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregation buildings.  Contact him at [email protected].