Easter is the highlight of the church year. It’s why we are here – to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus!! His resurrection means we once again have direct access to God, something we lost when sin first entered the world.
To help you and your family keep Jesus at the centre of your Easter, below are some ways you can celebrate the Easter season.
Celebrate Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter Sunday) in our bubbles by looking at a key story each day as we journey from Palm Sunday, to the cross and ultimately the empty tomb. Created by Strandz, the Anglican church’s resource centre, each day you can watch a video about each story and then look up, look in, look out and bless each other.
Dave the Donkey
Watch the story of Dave the Donkey, a donkey who has a very special part to play in the Easter story. Then chose an activity from the accompanying activity book. Dave the Donkey is brought to you by Lost Sheep. Check out their other stories.
Easter Lego Challenge
So you’ve probably got heaps of lego at home and plenty of time. Why not recreate the stories of Easter using lego? This website gives suggestions of what to build. You could also use The Lego Brick Testament as inspiration for scenes to make.
Easter Recipe Book
Do you have a family who like to bake and cook? Why not cook your way through Easter? Now you can with this recipe book. Recipes include dirty feet, garden goodness, rock and roll meatballs, empty tomb treat.
Easter: A Story of Risk
A Story Of Risk is an eight-day guide to imaginative Scripture reading. It is designed to encourage a deeper, experiential connection with the Scripture stories often told in the Easter season. It covers eight select passages from the gospel of Matthew and includes guided exercises through each passage. Colouring pages are provided for the kids. If you are unable to print the pages, use them as a suggestion of what the kids might like to draw or even better, let them use their imagination to create their own scene. This devotional is prepared by Vineyard USA.
He Is Alive Bunting
Create bunting to decorate your home. Use this template or create it with whatever you have around your house, eg wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, old tshirts. Hang it in your window or at your front door.
A Jesus Tree, similar to a Jesse Tree, walks you through all the major events of Jesus’s life, death and resurrection over the 40 days of Lent. This booklet will have your family read almost the entire Gospel of Matthew over the course of Lent. Use every day or just pick your favourite stories. Draw your own ornaments, using the suggestions in the book, or create your own. Display them around your house or in one place.
Decorate each candle with a word relevant to the Easter story, eg Mercy, Grace, Sacrifice and Love. Light one of the candles as you have dinner each night or pick one night of the week. Light one candle each night until Easter Sunday.
Chat and Catch Easter Story
Using every day objects you will journey through the last week of Jesus’ life and spend some time connecting with God. You can use this devotional over the entire span of Lent or use in the final week leading up to Easter. The devotional uses common items in your home as a focus point.
YouVersion put out heaps of devotionals on just about any topic you can think of. Here are some Easter ones for your family:
What you need:
- YouVersion app
- Go to www.my.bible.com
Search up the following titles:
- A Bunny, Eggs & Jesus (5+ years)
- What’s in the Bible: Holy Week (all ages)
- Children’s Guide to Easter (preschool)
- The Way to the Saviour (5+ years)
- Allo Mate! Nothing But the Blood of Jesus (11+ years)
- Happy Easter (11+ years)