Celebrate Christ: Ideas for Easter
Celebrating Christ: Ideas for Easter
The passion for celebrating Easter was birthed in my heart by my parents. Each Easter Sunday, my dad would enter my room, singing at the top of his voice, “Up From the Grave He Arose….” I knew with those words that it was going to be a day of celebration.
Easter is definitely my favorite holiday because it is the focal point of all that I believe. Jesus died and rose again to save us from our sins, and we have a reason to be excited.
“If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.’” John 11:25
To honor this season, I often mirror many of the activities that are popular at Christmas by setting up an Empty tomb (much like a manger scene) and doing an Easter “advent” with my children at home. As a children’s minster, I also want to make this time of year meaningful for the children in my church.
There is no better time than Easter to introduce children to the one who died so that we might live. As you prepare for Easter this year, remember that it should be more than one service. It should be a season of celebration. By beginning your Easter lessons a few weeks before Easter Sunday and sending family activities home, you can help children understand the joy that comes with celebrating Christ!
Ideas You Can Use
Use a simple piece of white paper to tell the story of Easter. With just a few folds and one tear, you can help children understand the importance of Christ’s sacrifice.
Celebrating a traditional Passover Seder meal can add great significance to Easter for children. Learn how to adapt a Jewish custom for Christian children.
During Christmas, we display nativities to remember Christ. Continue this tradition at Easter with a resurrection scene. Children will love the opportunity to create a display for their homes.
Help children “taste” and understand Easter using this simple object lesson.
A great way to help families make Easter a celebration is to provide them with a daily Bible reading and activity guide for their family prayer time.
A prayer station is a place created for children to interact with God and the Bible on a personal level. Give children the opportunity to participate in this prayer activity that helps them respond to the message of Easter.