Celebrating Easter by Rachel Mills
Easter has always been my favourite holiday of the Christian calendar. It’s less hectic than Christmas, with four days to reflect on and celebrate the centre of our faith. Easter is also a fantastic time to share the gospel with our children. Nurturing children in their love for Jesus is a major responsibility of Christian parents and Easter is rich with opportunities to do just that. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Walk the Path of Jesus
Lead your children through a hands-on experience of the Easter story with Resurrection Eggs. These are available through the FamilyLife store and involves 12 colourful eggs with hidden objects inside. An accompanying booklet guides children through the meaning of each object. Older children may prefer to visit a local Stations of the Cross for a similar experience.
Create an Easter Garden.
Check out ideas online and then gather the family to make one of your own. Some families choose to seal a Jesus figure into the tomb on Friday, finding Him risen on Sunday. Children can then go on a hunt for Jesus (who has been hidden somewhere in the house).
Give Easter Baskets
Whatever you think might help a child in their journey with God, pop in a decorated basket for them along with a few treats. Baskets can be as elaborate or as simple as you like – the goal isn’t to make a second Christmas but rather to invest in your children’s spiritual lives.
A new Sunday Outfit
Give your children a new outfit each for Easter Sunday, and include a handwritten note of Scripture with the gift:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Make a John 21:1-14 Beach Trip.
An early-morning trip to watch the sun rise over the ocean and read the stories of Resurrection is a perfect way to begin Easter Sunday. New Zealand is blessed with such amazing coastlines that it’s not hard to picture that long-ago day. Bring breakfast with you, allow the hope of Easter to sink into your soul, and then head to church to celebrate.
Rachel Mills is a former FamilyLife staff member. She and her husband Nathan have been married 10 years and are raising three young children in the winterless North. When not being run ragged by kids, Rachel enjoys swimming, exploring and reading.