For many families, Easter is the finale to a busy week overflowing with family activities and commitments. Hot cross buns have been picked up in passing. Easter eggs and gifts are last-minute purchases, bought quickly without too much time for thought, and there has been little time to plan family Easter activities. Yet most are trying to avoid the over-emphasis on eggs and bunnies.They genuinely want to highlight the real meaning of Easter.
So with Easter just days away, how can you encourage busy families to include meaningful Easter experiences? Yes... they can attend your Easter events and services but, at home..????
1. Focus on & share Scripture: YouVersion provides free Easter artwork to download and share on Facebook, Instagram or anywhere you wish. Encourage families to download this Verse of the Day artwork as wallpapers for their smartphone, tablet or computer.
2. Devotions: YouVersion also provide a number of Bible reading plans, each designed to help families make the most of their time in God's Word at Easter.
You'll find the story of Easter, the hope of Easter, and Holy Week as just a few. These can be easily found on the Bible app.
Families can find an download afree e-devotional booklet by Billy Graham designed to prepare families for Easter. Available as a free download is Blessings of the Cross with devotions by Billy Graham, Max Ludado, Anne Graham Lotz & Stormie Omartian.
3. Table decorations: Encourage families to talk about Easter at every opportunity, even while eating together. Download and print this subway Easter art to use as place-mats and to generate family discussion.
Pin table decoration ideas on your kidmin Pinterest/Facebook that families can use for their own Easter table arrangements .
5. Books: There are a number of books that celebrate the real meaning of Easter that can be purchased or downloaded as Kindle versions. Check out some of the books in the gallery below and use this link to find out more information from the book reviews.
Leadership for kids enables busy families to get biblical training on the go! Children can watch the videos on a home computer, tablet, or smartphone! There is a small cost involved- $4/month.
The Bible App for kids now includes 2 new stories just in time for Easter.
What's in the Bible has provided a family devotion pack that included colouring pages for each day of the week that combine to create an Easter panorama.
Preheat Oven to 300 F. (Note: Do this first, don’t wait until you are half way done with the recipe!) Place pecans in Ziploc bag and let your children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
- Explain that after Jesus was arrested he was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
- Read John 19:1-3.
- Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.
- Read John 19:28-30
Full instructions here...