Today is Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week around the world. Most often believers gather together to remember and celebrate Christ’s triumphant entry, but today the churches were empty. In most parts of the world, people are under some form of Social Distancing or Lockdown. The church is not currently meeting as a large body; rather, we are in our homes, meeting through Zoom or Facebook Live, thankful for the technology that keeps us together.
This Easter will look very different than most we have experienced. There will be no gathering together for Good Friday, no Easter Sun-rise services as a church, no large family Easter dinners complete with an egg hunt. It is different and there is much we will miss. We are going to learn to master the “both/and” life – we will both grieve what we have lost AND celebrate being found in Christ. While life has changed, Jesus has not. He is still the same Son of God who lived a perfect sacrificial life, voluntarily went to the cross for our sins, was buried, and three days later rose from the dead victorious. He is worthy of our praise.
As always, I want to encourage you to embrace every teachable moment in your life. What is God teaching you through this time? What is He teaching your family, your children?
To help you along in your “TMs”, I have put together this list of Easter Activities for the whole family. From the comfort of your own home, celebrate and remember all that God has done on your behalf. I hope it is a blessing to you, dear readers!
- DIY Resurrection Eggs from Life Your Way. These eggs are a wonderful interactive way to talk with your kids about the Easter story.
- Resurrection Rolls from Eat at Allie’s. If your family likes to cook, these simple resurrection rolls are a tangible picture of the empty tomb.
- An Easter Activity Checklist from The Littles and Me. Maybe your family gets excited about having a checklist of activities. Here is a beautiful one that can become part of your Easter decor.
- Stained Glass Cross from Mom on Timeout. This one is especially for the younger ones. A fun craft that can be a great teachable moment.
- Easter Printables from Christian Preschool Printables. Here is a huge list of free printables for your preschool – lower elementary aged kids.
- Easter Stations from Children’s Ministry. While this resource is originally intended for a church ministry to put on for their families, I think it would be a wonderful interactive and engaging activity for your whole family to take part in helping the Easter Story come alive for all ages.
- Resurrection Stones from That Bald Chick. An alternative to the Resurrection Eggs, families with older children or very artistic kids may enjoy creating these together.
- Easter Garden from Cranial Hiccups. If you have extra dirt and gardening supplies around your house, this is a wonderful, hands on experience for your kids.
- Christian Seder from the Christian Resource Institute. If you would like to have a new experience as a family, I would encourage you to have a Seder meal as a family.
- Passover from Chosen People Ministry. Another resource for a Seder Meal and Celebrating Passover as believer.
I hope these resources are a help and encouragement to you this week. May you have a blessed Holy Week, celebrating our Risen Savior!
He is Risen Indeed,