The Gift of Eternal Life Prayer Cards

Activity Objective

To explore the story of the raising of Lazarus and Jesus' promise of eternal life

Lesson Outcome

The children will express their appreciation for Jesus' promise of eternal life if his teachings and example are followed.


  • Colored paper
  • Crayons and markers
  • A copy of "The Raising of Lazarus"


  • Remind the children that during the month of November we celebrate the lives of those who have died.
  • Ask the children to share the names of saints they have learned about.
  • Give each child colored paper and drawing utensils.
  • Invite the children to write prayer cards, thanking Jesus for giving us the promise of eternal life.
  • Read the story ?The Raising of Lazarus" and have the children draw a picture from it.
  • Encourage the children to share their prayers of gratitude with the group.
  • Display the cards in the room as reminders of the promise of something good in our future.

The Raising of Lazarus

When Jesus heard that his friend Lazarus had died, he traveled to Bethany, the home of Lazarus. Martha, the sister of Lazarus, greeted Jesus. She said she was sorry Jesus had not come sooner, but she believed that Lazarus would be raised on the last day and live forever with God. Jesus told Martha that he himself was the resurrection and the life and that those who believed in him would live forever. Then he called out to Lazarus, who walked out of the tomb, alive.

[adapted from John 11:1-44].

Learning Styles

Art/Space Smart, Word Smart

Approximate Time

15 minutes