This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and we intend to make this Easter week more meaningful than ever for our family.
Here’s what we’re planning to do each of the eight days leading to Easter:
1) Palm Sunday– We’ll be out of town on Palm Sunday, but will still re-enact some semblance of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem as a family. I love the idea of purchasing a few silk palm branches to wave in praises to Jesus! There’s a fantastic creative tutorial for decorative palm branches on the Mustard Seeds blog, here. We’ll also read Mark 11:1-11 and Luke 18:29-28.
2) Monday – Read Mark 11:15-18, and discuss what happened in the temple that day. Why was Jesus so upset? What can we do to keep the church a meaningful, worshipful place?
3) Tuesday – Talk about Judas making plans to betray Jesus.
4) Wednesday – Watch a children’s video relaying the meaning of Easter, such as The Greatest Adventure Stories From the Bible: The Easter Story.
5) Thursday – We’ll have a time for foot washing, just as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples on this day, and talk about the importance of serving others. What can we do to encourage serving others in our daily life? We’d also like to recount the passover evening. While I’m not planning a formal Seder meal, we’ll have lamb, bitter herbs, unleavened bread, egg, salt water, and grape juice, explaining the meaning of each. In leiu of spreading blood on the door (!) we’ll hang red fabric on the door and discuss what it means. What was is like for the Israelites on that night?
6) Friday– Talk about the crucifixion day, and recount the passover and last supper.
7) Saturday – Meditate on Jesus being in the tomb. Our oldest son may enjoy being wrapped up as a mummy (in toilet paper) and we’ll talk about burial customs. Also, how did Mary and the disciples feel on this day?
8) Easter Sunday – Celebrate that Jesus is risen and read Luke 24:1-9. For further discussion, talk about the day of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit coming in Acts 2 as part of the beauty of the resurrection. He came, died, and rose again because He loved us and wanted us to have new life in Him! I also like Courtney’s idea of putting together resurrection eggs.
What will you do to make this Easter meaningful for your family?
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