It’s not Christmas or Easter in singing time without bringing in the handbells! I LOVE bringing these out around these holidays (okay, and any other excuse I can find throughout the year)! There are SO many appropriate Christmas and Easter songs in the Children’s Songbook that go hand-in-hand with the bells (Christmas Bells and Easter Hosanna for starters!). So it’s no surprise that I’ve created a lesson plan to teach Jesus Has Risen using the handbells. HOWEVER, if you don’t have handbells, I’ve got variations below that don’t use them if you need.
If it helps, I’ve got all the below information and printables demonstrated in a YouTube video here:
I’d love it if you’d like and subscribe to my YouTube channelHERE!
To introduce the song, I created this printable with pictures of Christ. Print off as many as you need, cut out and distribute to all the kids – I’m planning on them taking them home.
If you want different pictures of Christ, there are TONS to choose from HERE.
As you and the teachers sing, have the kids listen and count for any words that reference the Savior. The kids can raise their pictures each time they hear an answer. Take answers and repeat again to check [Jesus, Jesus, He, him, Jesus, Savior, Jesus, Savior – 8 total]. If you like, circle the answers on the flip chart with a Sharpie marker or high-lighter.
Now that the kids have been introduced to the song, it’s time to bring in the handbells for LOTS of repetition! If you don’t have handbells, or want to save them for reviewing this song for another day, I suggest hiding plastic easter eggs around the room that are filled with the following questions:
The most important message of the song is repeated three times. What is it? [Jesus has risen]
This message is so important that the composer placed a fermata or hold sign above the word “risen” on one of the repetitions. Listen as we sing again, and tell me which repetition has the fermata. [Third]
The melody on the last repetition of “Jesus has risen” rises, symbolizing the Resurrection. Sing that phrase and pitch lead with your pictures of Christ as the notes go up.
The song uses another beautiful name for Jesus. We sing it two times, what is it? [Savior Divine]
Savior Divine is a very holy name for Jesus Pitch lead with your pictures of Christ the last eight measures as we sing it.
When do we sing praises to Jesus? [This Easter time]
Why does joy fill our hearts? [He lives again]
Jesus is our Savior. What else do we call him in this song? [our friend]
Cut into strips and fill 8 Easter eggs with the paper strips. Hide these around the primary room before primary.
I only suggest using the questions with eggs if you are NOT using the handbells. I wouldn’t use both as it will most likely get really chaotic. I would, however, suggest asking a question every time you rotate the handbells, simply omitting the egg hunting.
If you are knew to the handbells, make sure to check out my post HERE for using handbells in primary. It will answer any questions you may have about where to purchase handbells and how I implement their use.
I created this bell chart for Jesus Has Risen. It starts with the bells on the introduction. When we sing this in sacrament meeting, I’m contemplating having the bells play without the piano on the introduction. I’ve never done this before so fingers crossed it isn’t an epic fail!
I always recommend printing on card stock and placing in a sheet protector. Add the chart to the board before and after the flip chart. Notice the bell chart for the introduction has 2 notes that play together, then a single note. Then the ending has all chords so each row or box is played together.
Pass out bells to the primary, repeating the song several times so everyone gets a turn to ring the bells. When the kids don’t have a bell to ring, they can continue to raise up their pictures of Christ when they hear those words.
Bear testimony that you know that Jesus Christ died and was resurrected. Because of Him, we can all be resurrected after we die.
Make sure to scroll through all of my lesson plans that utilize handbells and my handbell charts HERE. If you don’t have a set of handbells for your primary, I HIGHLY recommend getting one!
Also, make sure to scroll through all of my Easter lessons plan HERE.
All my printables are free and filed on my Resource Library. Filing instructions for accessing each printable on my Resource Library are below the button.