Sharing the Joys of Easter with Your Kids

5 04 2014

“Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. … Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”                     (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 57)

 

Children are drawn to Easter, with the holiday’s emphasis on candy and bunnies. What a privilege to help them realize it’s about so much more! For Christians, Easter is a day of victory. Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, we have forgiveness, hope, and eternal life.

Looking for new ideas to celebrate Holy Week and Easter with your kids? Sometimes the most meaningful activities are the easiest. For example:

 palm-sundayOn Palm Sunday, when Jesus was cheered before his death, cut out paper shapes of your palms and wave them around to praise Jesus.

 

 

 

maundy thursdayOn Maundy Thursday, when Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples, wash one another’s feet as an act of service.

 

 

 

 

 

Good-FridayOn Good Friday, walk around all day with a pebble in your shoe. Then talk about that burden and what Jesus’ suffering means to you.

 

 

 
easterOn Easter, collect foil from candy eggs and create shiny streets of gold as reminders of heaven, where Jesus prepares a place for us.

 

 

 

 

Did You Know?

• Easter is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year. It’s a “moveable feast,” meaning the date changes. Since the year 325, Easter has been on the first Sunday after the full moon following the northern hemisphere’s vernal (spring) equinox.

• Originally, eggs symbolized new life, purity, and fertility. Later, they were linked to Easter because Jesus was temporarily dormant in the tomb (shell) and emerged to give us new life.

 

As you and your family look ahead to the Easter celebration, ask God:

1. To bless your Easter preparations and celebrations.

2. To keep your family members focused on Jesus’ resurrection and what it means for them.

3. To forgive your sins—and thank him for “never again” remembering them (Hebrews 8:12).





Family Fun Day at the Phoenix Zoo!

26 04 2013

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