Here's an Easter Service I've just put together with Liz Hollis (a Durham student with me for a few days) for the various schools services we will be having in church this week.
Feel free to use/adapt if it is helpful!
Frozen: Love Conquers Fear and Death
Opening Song (school bringing)
Show film clip (the bit where Ana stumbles across the ice, nearly frozen, but then swerves away from Christoff to save Elsa)
Get several children to act out the scene:
a. Hans (with sword)
b. Christoff (with reindeer soft toy)
e. Storm! 6+ with strips of blue voile/white flags to wave.
(Storm perform; then Christoff running in slow motion up the aisle from the back; Ana running in slow motion from the altar; hans about to kill Elsa in the middle of the dais.
Ana sees them, diverts from running to Christoof and flings up her arm to stop Hans’ sword.
Storm dies down. Elsa flings arms round Ana.)
Ask the children: Who is showing love? Ask character by character if necessary.
Ask How each character is showing it/what are they doing to show love?
Draw out: Hans just concerned for himself;
Christoff – running into storm to save Ana, not thinking about his own safety.
Elsa – forgets her own fears (hence the storm dies down - the snow/ice is an external manifestation of Elsa's fear) when she’s thinking about her grief for Ana/realises how much Ana loves her/realises how much she loves Ana. Ie, isn’t thinking about herself.
Ana – sacrifices her own chance to live (eg chooses not to run to Christoff) to save Elsa. (Key insight here is that the 'act of true love' that saves Ana is her OWN act of self-sacrifice - not Elsa's hug. She starts to thaw/come back to life almost as soon as she freezes, because her own choice to save Rlsa rather than herself has that redemptive dynamic)
Ask: How is Ana like Jesus here?
Draw out – self sacrifice; death and resurrection.
Bible verse – John 15:13 – ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’.
So what? God loves us so much that he was prepared to become human for us and die for us.
- God’s love is stronger than death and bigger than our fears.
- Frozen is just a lovely story that helps us feel what this is like, but although the story of Jesus is written in a book and films have been made about it, it isn’t just fiction, its something that really happened. Jesus really did die to save us and that love was so strong that it broke through death itself. This happening in real life was something that was so amazing that people are still telling each other about it 2000 years later.
Prayer: either school do, or:
-thank you God for loving us so much;
-thank you for Jesus showing us that your love is stronger than death and all our fears
- help us to love each other as you loved us
- pray for people living in fear, that your love will surround and save them
- pray for the things we are afraid of, that you will keep us safe.