I LOVE bringing in handbells around Easter (okay, and many other times throughout the year)! So it’s no surprise that this singing time lesson plan for Jesus Has Risen uses handbells. HOWEVER, if you don’t have handbells, make sure to check out variations below that don’t require them.
Find a video demonstration of this lesson plan here:
Pictures of Christ
To introduce the song, you will need pictures of Christ to distribute to all the primary children. I created this printable to do just that:
Access my printables at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
Print on card stock (optional) and cut out. I’m planning on the kids taking them home afterward.
There are TONS of different pictures of Christ HERE to choose from if you want something els.
Singing Time Idea
Jesus Has Risen Handbell Chart
This bell chart for Jesus Has Risen starts with the bells on the introduction.
Again, access my printables at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
TIP: To sing in sacrament meeting, have the bells play without the piano on the introduction.
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.
- 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]
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Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Jesus Has Risen.
10 thoughts on “Jesus Has Risen”
Thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas! I am newly called to teach the music in Primary in our Portuguese-speaking Branch in Luanda, Angola. I have been able to use many of your ideas and our Primary has gone from rarely singing anything other than an opening song to having an actual singing time with all the children loving what we are doing! I am amazed, and grateful, at the quick turn from dis-interest to joyful participation by all of the children.
The words to the Primary songs (and hymns) in Portuguese are often very different than the same songs in English though they express the same feel of the song, so I have to be very careful not to confuse how I know the songs in English vs. what they actually say in Portuguese. We used hand bells when I taught Jesus is Risen earlier this month. It was one of the most joyful days yet in our Primary.
Thanks again for your wonderful blog!
I just have to tell you thank you for your kind comment, it made my day! Fun to hear my lesson plans are reaching around the globe and that your primary loves the bells too! They are very lucky to have you!
I am confused on the chart. Do the kids play any bells during the song or only the intro and last line Savior Divine?
Sorry for the confusion. You are correct, the bells only play during the introduction and ending. They don't play during the song.
Hi I love your ideas for singing time, it’s helped me so much since I started this calling. I was wondering if you have the second printable for the bells at the end, I can only see the beginning printable for the song. Thanks!
The full file can be found on my Resource Library. To receive access to that, you simply need to subscribe to my website (details are at the bottom of the post). But I’ve subscribed you, hopefully that’s okay. You can unsubscribe at any time. I’ll also email you the full document. Let me know if you have any more questions!
Thank you so much for all your amazing ideas! They are so helpful and I use them frequently. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.
When I go into your Big List of Handbell Note Charts and click on “Jesus Has Risen” it keeps brining me back to this posting rather than the chart. Do you know what I am doing wrong?
We are singing this song for Easter and my Primary kids have been so excited to use the handbells since we purchased them and used them for Christmas last year.
Thanks for your help!
I apologize for the confusion … the charts are all filed on my Resource Library under the song title. If you click on the links in the post, those take you to the post with the lesson plan details. I’ll update the handbell list post so that is more clear. Thank you for the feedback!
Wow! That was a quick reply!
Thanks so much Camille!!!! You’re the best!!!!!
I aim to please ;).