Church resources – Easter 2021

Bible Society is pleased to make available resources to support you and your church this Easter!

We’re excited to offer these resources to help children and adults learn more about the death and resurrection of Jesus, as we remember and celebrate this important time on our Christian calendar. There’s also the opportunity for you to support the Bible Society mission.

Thanks for partnering with us to help make the Bible accessible to everyone and encouraging interaction with it. 

The Seriously Surprising Story – Free booklet


We’d like to offer you the opportunity to share the story of Jesus with your church’s younger generation through ‘The Seriously Surprising Story’ booklet.

The Seriously Surprising Story draws children into the biblical story of Easter as they follow in the footsteps of Jesus’ followers on the road to Emmaus. There they encounter a stranger, and talk to him about the things that have happened in Jerusalem. Just as the disciples were surprised, so children will be too, when they learn the stranger is Jesus himself!

In 2019, with the help of our generous supporters, we distributed over 60,000 copies of this booklet to children across New Zealand and this year we have more copies available for your church!

Just use the form below to make your order and then we’ll send you your free copies in time for Easter.


See the PDF version of the printed booklet you will be ordering here.

“It’s a lovely little book. It’s warm, it’s happy, it’s the Good News! The Seriously Surprising Story is the account of Easter told backwards from Emmaus so that Jesus’ crucifixion is in the context of the resurrection. The positive message, with the rhythmic text and lively illustrations, make it a perfect book for young children. It’s also good news for the child in adults like me.”

Joy Cowley, New Zealand children’s author

Click here to order The Seriously Surprising Story for your church

Please use the form below

Play The Seriously Surprising Story in your Church

We also have an animated video of The Seriously Surprising Story for you to download and play in your church this Easter too!

To download this video, right click on the button below and choose “Save link as” from the options. The choose the location you’d like to download the video on your device.

Video size is approx. 95 MB

RightNow Media – Free lifetime access

Have you heard of RightNow Media? RightNow Media is like the Netflix of Christian content. With over 20,000 videos, they are the world’s largest library of Bible study video resources!

As a church leader and friend of Bible Society NZ, we’d like to offer you free lifetime access to the RightNow Media platform just in time for Easter!

Then you’ll be able to enjoy video series like the one on Easter by Pastor J.D. Greear below.

To get started, just fill in the form below, and then we’ll send you the instructions to create your own RightNow Media account.

Click here to claim your free RightNow Media access

The type of Christian content you’ll enjoy

Learn more about RightNow Media

WOVEN: A Holy Week Devotional – Free download

We invite your church to journey through the teaching, tears, trials and triumph of the final week of Jesus’ life from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with our 8 day devotional PDF called Woven.

The heart of Woven is to show, through these short readings taken from the United Bible Societies’ ‘BIBLE 2020’ project, and accompanying devotionals, how this extravagant love, amazing grace and death defeating victory is God’s desire for our lives too.

To download a PDF copy of Woven so you can share it with your church, click the button below.

Or you can share this link with them, either digitally or at your church, so they can access it for themselves –

Support the Bible Society mission

For 175 years it’s been our mission to help make the Bible accessible to everyone and encourage interaction with it.

Why? We believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.

That’s why a major part of our mission has been supplying Bible-related resources to churches in New Zealand.

By equipping and inspiring congregations across our nation to dig deeper into the Bible, it’s been our hope that lives would be touched by the transformational power of God’s Word.

If your church has benefitted from this support in the past or if you believe this is important work to continue in the future, then would you consider making a gift towards Bible Society mission this Easter?

Your gift will help support churches like yours to keep the Bible and its Gospel message at the heart of Christian life.

Simply use the secure form below to make your gift.

All donations of $5 or more are eligible for a donation rebate.

Click here to make your gift

Other resources to share with your church

Reflections on the promises of God

Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, we utilised our internal resources and digital channels to share daily Bible reflections into the homes and hearts of Kiwis around the country. We have now combined these reflections into a beautifully designed document for you to download here.

A survivor’s guide for spiritual first aid

This spiritual first aid guide is designed to start an ongoing process of healing after disaster strikes. It does this by highlighting common spiritual and emotional reactions to trauma and teaches the skills and resources that will aid in recovery. You can download it here.

Te Paipera Tapu App

The free app features the very latest edition of Te Paipera Tapu (the Holy Bible in Māori), which is not available on any other app or website, was reformatted to include macrons in 2012. Download it for free here.

THE BIG PICTURE: A Short Film of the Epic Bible Story

Experience the Bible story as you’ve never seen it! From the creation of the world, through to the grand finale, this incredible Bible Society made short film will give your church the “Big Picture” overview of the entire Bible and will inspire your people to find their role in God’s great story. 

Download and play (13m 05s) in your church in 2021.