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Easter is almost here… Well its a week away and today being Palm Sunday I thought I am going to get organised for this year properly.
I think that Christmas is great and its one of my favourite times of the year, we get weeks and weeks leading up to it, I spend a lot of time reminding my kids of the real reason of Christmas and we sing carols about Jesus’ birth and we remember the miraculous way He came to the earth.
I don’t know if it is just me but I often forget the lead up to Easter. It gets to Good Friday and I try and do the whole gospel with my kids in one day and that never works. So this year I am making a plan from Palm Sunday to Easter Monday and I am so excited to share it with you.
So to start with you can use any resources you have on hand, you know your kids the best so you know what they will like and what speaks to them the most. The resources and plan I have made is based on my kids and what works for us. I have a wide age range so I’m trying to make it interesting and workable for all of them.
Day 1 – Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday I am going to be reading from our old school *The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories” and we are reading the story about Palm Sunday – you could also read it straight from your own Bible as well. We are super blessed to live on a tropical island right now and have access to Palm leaves like you wouldn’t imagine. So we are going to go down to our beach and collect heaps of palm leaves and make a path using them and towels and take turns being the donkey and Jesus walking along the path while the rest of us cry out Hosanna! Just a fun and interactive way of experiencing the Word of God.
Day 2 – Monday
We are going to read about Jesus in the temple, and about the Pharisees and Sadducees and their plans for Jesus, and also about Judas Iscariot all out of our Children’s Bible. I like to leave the discussion open to what the kids get out of it, I can imagine it might turn into a little about bullying, when people treat us bad, and maybe about how we treat Jesus bad too sometimes. – Some ideas to expand on this could be to right a prayer to God to say sorry for the things we have done to hurt him. You could also teach and go through the Jelly Bean prayer.
Day 3 – Tuesday
We will be using our beloved *The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name” by Sally – Lloyd Jones. This is an amazing narrative written so beautifully and illustrated so special. My kids love this Bible. We will read the chapter on “washed with tears” it’s the story of the Woman who washes Jesus’ feet with perfume and her tears. This is a great opportunity to bring some Biblical culture and context for your kids. Look up and discuss with them about how what she was doing is preparing Jesus for his death and burial. Our activity for this day is to get some perfume or essential oils and spray it on their feet and pray for them. This will be a precious time for each person to pray for each other in the family (might be good to do this after their bath).
Day 4 – Wednesday
“The Servant King” is the passage in the *The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name Jesus Story Book Bible that we will read today. It is the story of the last supper. Now I plan on having a very special dinner this night, we are going to have a passover meal. Here are some of the ideas I have used to get to my own plan for the night. I still have a toddler so things might change on the night, but I am really excited to make this night really special. The Jewish custom of the passover meal is to remember their salvation from the Egyptians in Exodus, now that we are in the new covenant we can see Jesus in every part of the Passover meal. So we will be linking it to the Old testament and the Gospel and I can’t wait to introduce this to my kids.
Day 5 – Thursday
Still in the *The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name Jesus Story book Bible the reading is “a dark night in the garden” This one is all about the garden of Gethsemane, and Jesus’ betrayal. We will talk about things like how its hard for us to pray sometimes, how Judas was blinded by greed, and jealousy. Our Activity to link with this reading is a making of our Table decorations for the easter weekend. Either making a garden with crosses in it, or ask your children for their idea of decorating the house. Its great to give them some ownership in the weekend, they will connect with it more if some of it is their own idea.
Day 5 – Good Friday
“The sun stops shining” is the story of the crucifixion in the *The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name Jesus Story Book Bible and we will look at this. Today is a day for us to really look at and remember all of what Jesus did. I think its a great idea to have a time of worship as a family, use familiar worship songs to your family about the cross, some examples – Worthy is the lamb, Revelation song, Above all, In Christ alone, How he loves are just a few we know well. You could also have a time of communion as a family get some grape juice and some crackers or bread and pray with your kids, thanking Jesus for what He has done.
Day 6 – Easter Saturday
We will be reading the “Gods wonderful surprise” story from the *The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name Jesus Story Book Bible and reading about the resurrection. One way to celebrate as a family is to have a big praise party. Put on some fun praise music and have a dance party, you could bake a cake and make it a fun celebration for the kids. I know that technically we don’t celebrate until Sunday but I have plans for that day. If you wanted to you could also talk about Jesus being buried and in the grave for 3 days before resurrecting as well. Like I said earlier you know your kids so you know what will work for them.
Day 7 – Easter Sunday
Today is my favourite day!! This is our easter egg hunt. I hide easter eggs in the garden and then after they have collected them all we sit down and read from Luke 15 of the lost coin, lost sheep and lost son. I talk about how Jesus came after us when we were lost and that is what Easter is all about. We talk about what it is like to just for all the eggs, looking everywhere and searching, and How that is just like what it is like when Jesus comes searching for us, he does not give up until he has found us.
Day 8 – Easter Monday
Is where we will be reading from our *The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories again and we will read about Jesus coming to all the disciples and people proving that he has risen again. I am leaving this activity open for my kids to respond how they feel they want to. They could draw a picture, use play dough to make something, write a prayer or story.. something that they would like to make in response to the whole week of Easter. It is so important to allow your kids to respond from their hearts however they want to, so that they can share what is going on in their hearts between Jesus and themselves. I cannot wait to see what my kids will create in worship for God as they walk in their own relationship with Jesus.
So those are just a few of the ideas and plans I have for this week. Do you have Easter traditions that you do? Or what are your plans this year for Easter? I would love to know.
Have a great Easter week everyone and remember what it is all truly about!!
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