The time leading up to Resurrection Sunday is probably one of my favorite times of the church calendar. I mean what is there NOT to love about remembering, reflecting, recounting, realigning and rejoicing in the greatest event to ever happen in human history?!?! But how do we share this with our children? How do we invite them to enter in with us in repentance, worship and celebration? Here are some resources my family has used over the years. We have to adapt them to fit our families current rhythms and the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of each of our children, but it is my hope that this will be an encouragement to you all. May Christ be glorified in your homes in this season! (Click on each of the titles below to lead you to the link).
“Fear not, little flock,
for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Find More Jesus: How to Make Easter All About Jesus
(FREE download)- PK/ Elementary Each day includes:
- Short daily Bible reading.
- Corresponding simple egg-activity.
- Suggested prayer time.
- Personal focus point for you to chat about with your family.
- A supplies list and thoughts on the Easter bunny from a Christian worldview are also included.
A Sense of the Resurrection
(This is $9.99 now for the downloadable pdf)- PK/ Elementary
A Sense of the Resurrection: an Easter Experience for Families uses the five senses to help you and your children discover what the days surround Jesus’ death and resurrection may have been like. Each day, you’ll read a passage of Scripture and then set up a banner or make a memory to more fully understand the event using one of the 5 senses. There are 12 simple lessons included in this study. It can be easily adapted to fit your families needs.
Love to the Uttermost: Devotional Readings for Holy Week by John Piper
(FREE)- 7th grade +/ adult
This study begins on Palm Sunday, ends on Easter Sunday, and aims to focus our attention on Jesus as he displays his love to the uttermost (John 13:1). These meditations on the self-giving love of Christ are all excerpted from the preaching and writing ministry of John Piper.
Messiah: Lenten Art Devotions and Prints
($7 downloadable pdf)- lementary / Teen / Adult
Included in this 16-page Lenten Art Devotion guide are:
- Six carefully-curated paintings chosen to add art contemplation to your Lenten traditions. One for each week leading up to Easter, or one for each day of Holy Week.
- Bible verses, a hymn, and a poem to accompany each painting.
- a resource section at the end with links to sheet music and audio files of each hymn.
- printable versions of each piece if you’d like to print at home are included in an accompanying file.
Messianic Seder (FREE pdf)
A Christian Passover Seder Meal (FREE pdf)- For the whole family
I was first introduced to a Messianc Seder (the traditional Jewish Passover meal through the lens of Christ) at a church I attended in college. The symbolism and the fulfillment of the scriptures revealed through this ancient celebration was truly mind-blowing for me. We started celebrating this as a family as soon as some of my children were old enough to glean even a little bit from it (around 5 years old in my experience). The younger children are put to bed with the anticipation of celebrating it with us in the years to come as they grow. This has been one of the most treasured memories of my family of this season for many years. If you have never experienced this, I would highly recommend you give it a try.