Posted on March 7, 2016
Preparing for a Christ-Centred Easter
As a family, we look forward to celebrating Jesus rising from the grave, on Easter Sunday or what some people prefer to call Resurrection Sunday. Now, obviously as a Christian family, we worship Jesus Christ as our risen Lord and Saviour every day of the year, however there is something special about specifically focusing for a time on what He did for us on the cross.
We tend to do a week’s worth of Christ-centred Easter activities, so I thought I would share here what sort of things we do as a family.
Easter Week Devotions
We have used various resources over the years for our Bible times in the week leading up to Easter Sunday. Last year we used the free online resources from Kids of Integrity for Easter, which are based on the Beatitudes, and I have previously mentioned in my 5 Ways to Teach Good Character post.
We have also used Postal Bible School sheets, which are available free to print online, or you can have them posted out to you, if you would like to send them back to be marked by someone else.
Ann Voskamp of A Holy Experience also offers a free printable Easter Bible study to subscribers, called Trail to the Tree. It is a daily devotional which also includes famous paintings of Jesus. We used and enjoyed it a few years back.
Two years ago, we used these Countdown to Easter boxes from Abby Lawson, where the children take turns opening a box for each day. Each box contains an item related to the Biblical account of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and Scripture verses to read. I searched Pinterest for a pattern to make my own boxes for this, and it was a big hit with the children.
Easter Read Aloud Book
We use a picture book called The Story of Easter, by Christopher Doyle, and read a bit of it aloud each day of the week. As you may know from my recent post on our family read aloud books for the year, we really enjoy reading aloud as a family, so if you have a recommendation for an Easter read aloud book, I would really appreciate hearing about it!
Christ-centred Easter Crafts and Activities
We have several Easter craft and activity books which I pick from each year, however a lot of the crafts tend to be Easter bunny or spring related, rather than actually pointing to Jesus. My favourite book is Easter Make and Do: Craft Ideas Which Bring the Story of Easter to Life, by Gillian Chapman, from which we have made various crafts in the past, such as a set of money-lender’s scales.
An idea I got from Rick and Marilyn Boyer of Character Concepts which we usually make at this time is that of a salt dough tomb, which is easy for the children to make, and provides a visual reminder of our focus for the week. On the Sunday, we move the ‘stone’ entrance of the tomb aside to match the accompanying Bible verse:
‘ “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” ‘ Matthew 28:6
Image © Clare Bloomfield www.freedigitalphotos.net
We like to make traditional British Hot Cross Buns for Easter, and also ‘resurrection rolls’, which was another idea I got from the Boyers’ website. An idea which involves a meal, rather than baking, is that of a Seder meal, which Jewish families eat for the Passover. This is something I would like to try this year, if possible. You can see a detailed description of a Messianic Seder meal at A Holy Experience.
You can see more ideas on my Christ-centred Easter Ideas Pinterest board:
Christ-centred Easter Viewing
We have owned the BBC claymation film The The Miracle Maker on DVD for many years, and got the idea from family friends a few years ago to watch it each Easter.
Sheri Graham has free Christian Easter videos to watch on her site, and we have also enjoyed watching the Jesus Film for Kids in the past, which you can watch online for free here. It is available in a huge number of different languages, as an evangelistic tool. Finally, we have also appreciated the Easter Storykeepers animated film.
These are some of the ways in which we will be preparing for a Christ-centred Easter this year, but I am always keen to find out about more resources! Do you have any Christ-centred Easter resources or books to recommend? Please leave me a comment below.
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