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Rev. Peter D. Crouch, Senior Vice President of Development, shares ways to help your family experience the journey from Palm Sunday’s parade, to the table and cross of Good Friday, to the empty tomb of Easter. A way to celebrate Easter at home:
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples… Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Time to turn on all the lights! Display flowers or, better yet, make paper flowers at home to place around the house. Walk to the “empty tomb” in your home. Share with your children that on the very first Easter Sunday two women, both named Mary, went to the tomb where Jesus was buried after he died on a cross. But that morning, the women experienced a wonderful surprise! They found an empty tomb and an angel of the Lord told them that Jesus was risen. Your family can act out this scene and you can make a large “stone” for each child to roll away from the tomb. “Stones” can be cut out of paper, you could use pillow cases stuffed with crinkled up newspaper, or cushions from your couch. Most importantly, share with your children that this is a happy day and we celebrate that God loves every member of our family and everyone in the world. Jesus died but he rose to heaven. Give everyone a hug and prepare your family’s favorite breakfast!
Wishing you a Happy Easter from your friends at Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!