Easter Sunday is the central celebration of our faith however I struggle extra and extra since it appears to me that what starts with triumphant shouts of Christ is Risen Alleluiah, and a stunning flowering of the cross ends with an easter egg hunt.
“It’s fantastic to see the little ones so enthusiastic.” folks inform me, but is it truly? Is an enthusiastic sugar higher truly a substitute for celebrating the resurrection of Christ? Have we purchased into the secular culture so a lot that we can no longer inform the distinction?
Other people struggle as well. The values emphasized in the easter egg hunt are counter to kingdom values – greed, individualism and competitiveness drive little ones to come across extra candy not to share but for themselves. And what about the symbolism, not to mention the quantity of plastic that is strewn about that will just finish up in the landfill.
The Easter Bunny is a rabbit-spirit. Lengthy ago, he was named the “Easter Hare”, hares and rabbits have frequent many births so they became a symbol of fertility. The custom of an Easter egg hunt started since young children believed that hares laid eggs in the grass. The Romans believed that “All life comes from an egg.” Christians take into consideration eggs to be “the seed of life” and so they are symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why we colour and decorate eggs is not particular but in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia eggs had been dyed for spring festivals as a sign of fertility.
Now I am all for taking the symbols of the culture and transforming them into the symbols of our faith, but I wonder have we transformed this symbol or has it transformed us? Are our values and our joy in the resurrection of Christ subverted by the secular culture that is all into greed, consumption and competitiveness? Do we miss out on the life that the season is meant to renew in us since we are caught up in a different globe view?
Possessing mentioned all that I believe that Holy Week and Easter Sunday in certain must be a great celebration of life and faith for adults and little ones. Right here are some sources you may like to verify out.
I add new sources to my Pinterest boards Lent and Easter with Kids and Prayer Stations with Kids on a frequent basis so you may also like to verify this out.
This LEGO resurrection garden is a inventive method to the Easter story. I would choose a true garden but it is a Strat.
This report has some fantastic suggestions on how to create Prayer stations for Kids and they are printable.
A single of the most inventive suggestions for Easter week is what South Wilford Church of England Key College in Nottingham did for Maundy Thursday. They named it Washday and had little ones wash and clean each the college and their village.
And from youthpastor.com a fantastic suggestion for Holy week stations primarily based on The Lord’s Prayer.
And right here is a different set of Stations of the Cross for Kids that is worth hunting at.
This tin foil cross craft is also a inventive project that I believe would appeal to little ones and adults alike.
Faith at home has some great recommendations on activities to participate in with young children.
Christian Montessori has a pretty great collection of cross associated activities – fantastic for storytelling and meditation.
I also like the originality of this Holy Week in Handprints from Catholic Icing.
And Catholic Kids has a selection of colouring pages offered for young children of all ages.
Catholic Mom has printable Stations of the Cross for Children
A Messianic Passover for Households with Youngsters
Right here are easy directions for producing palm crosses
Or you may like to take into consideration producing Resurrection eggs – to me a improved thought than Easter eggs. You could decorate them as well. My most significant complaint once more is the use of plastic eggs even though you could reuse them year right after year.
In France the bells not the Easter bunny bring the eggs: French Easter Bell craft since the bells cease ringing on Maundy Thursday and do not ring once more till the joyous sound of Easter Sunday.
Make this Easter grace garden from Ann Voskamp with your little ones.
Or this easier Easter Resurrection Garden
Or possibly this mini resurrection garden – which I appreciate since it is a developing garden.
As you know contemplative gardens are my passion, but by Easter I am functioning out in the garden as well a lot to make my personal resurrection garden, even though I do appreciate to plant basil (holy basil of course) at Easter as a unique symbol of the season.
Consider of making Crown of Thorn bread or take into consideration it as aspect of your entire Lenten experience
or the classic English treat for Superior Friday Hot cross buns, which I grew up with and nevertheless like to make each and every year.
And I appreciate these creative Easter story cookies inviting little ones into a sensual knowledge of cooking.
Share this with your little ones. I appreciate this series of videos even though the accents may possibly be a small really hard for some to comply with.
Or if your little ones are LEGO enthusiasts this is the video for you
Or this one particular:
This is aspect of this series on Sources for Holy Week.
Right here are all the posts:
Sources for Palm Sunday
Sources for Maundy Thursday
Sources for Superior Friday
Stations of the Cross
Sources for Celebrating Holy Week With Children
Sources for Easter Sunday
Please verify out our comprehensive list of Godspace sources for Lent by means of Holy Week
Celebrating Holy Week With Children – Updated for 2019 was final modified: April 3rd, 2019 by