Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about the time when Jesus came back to life. Help our time together to be holy time. In your name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: Luke 24:1-12
Around our house, the holidays of Christmas and Easter last for weeks as our kids tell and retell the story. If you did not get a chance to do this last week, I suggest Group’s My First Hands-On Bible as a great introduction to the Easter Story. You can purchase one here: http://www.christianbook.com/my-first-hands-on-bible/9781414348308/pd/348308
If this is your second week working with the story, you might choose another Bible or even a Bible story book with the Easter story in it. Ask them how this second version compares to the first (you might have to get out the first version to compare and contrast).
If your kids really have a handle on this story, have them tell it to you, read the story, and compare both versions. We want them to know the big stories of the faith not only by heart, but also in their hearts, so a little repetition never hurt anyone.
If you don’t have easy access to this story, check out an Easy to Read Version here:
Activity: Christ-Sun Easter Eggs
I grew up in the great white north, where there is no such thing as an Easter egg hunt on Easter. There was no way that we were going to hunt eggs in several inches of snow in sleeveless dresses and new church sandals! So, as we were dyeing our Easter eggs this year, I wondered aloud what hard-boiled Easter eggs have to do with the story of Jesus rising on Easter. My oldest daughter’s answer to this question is where our activity for this week was born. It is more than likely not the real reason for Easter egg hunts, but I loved how my daughter took the story we had been learning about and applied to something at hand in her life.
She explained that we hunt for eggs like the women hunted for Jesus at the tomb. We unwrap the egg from its shell like the linen wrappings that were left at the tomb. If you slice a hard-boiled egg in half, the yolk pops out to become the rising sun on the first day of the week, and the white of the egg looks like the empty tomb. Then, she used the yolk to show the passing of time. The sun yolk would rise and she would sing a word, and the sun yolk would set, and she would sing the same word: Hosanna! for Palm Sunday, I love you! for Maundy Thursday, Crucify! for Good Friday, and Alleluia! for Easter Sunday.
Here is what it sounds like:
You could do the same demonstration with your family. We decorated our hard-boiled eggs with a super-easy speckling technique from Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/1143947/brilliant-trick-decorating-easter-eggs-turns-mess-magic
If you don’t have any hard-boiled eggs leftover, you could use a plastic egg with something yellow inside. Or even your left hand in the shape of an “O” for the empty tomb, and your right hand in a fist for the rising sun. No matter which way you do it, it should be both easy and memorable!
Song: Ho-ho-ho Hosanna
If my daughter’s song is too simple for you, here is another great Easter song along with motions for tons of Easter fun!
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Thank you, God, for this holy time together to feed our faith as a family. Bless us as we remember that you are alive! Alleluia! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.