We know it's Spring Break and you probably had some fun activities planned but are now hanging at home. (Still.) It's okay to feel bummed out about that. It's okay for your kids to feel bummed out about that. One of the things we learn in the Easter story is that God understands suffering. In Jesus, God suffered too. Just remember, the other part of the Easter story is the hope that resurrection brings—hope that light breaks through darkness and Life conquers death. We are praying for you and your family during these difficult times. Please feel free to use these activities to help faith grow at home. Blessings and be well.
This month, our weekly email lessons will focus on solving the mystery of Easter! When we think of Easter, we may think of dying eggs, egg hunts, the Easter bunny, and dressing up in your Sunday best on Easter Sunday. But there’s so much more to Easter than that. What really happened to Jesus over 2,000 years ago, and how does it affect us today? In this series, kids will become detectives to look for clues and discover the true meaning of Easter. Kids will learn about Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey, Jesus celebrating a special meal with His disciples, the crucifixion and resurrection, and Jesus ascending to heaven and giving His followers a special mission.
Tip of the Month
Since this month is Easter month, look for opportunities each week to dive into the story of Easter with your kids and remind them what Easter is all about. You can do weekly family devotionals with your kids or look for daily opportunities to talk to them about the Easter story this month. When you lead family devotions, don’t worry about having all the answers or knowing the Bible like a Bible scholar. If your kids ask a question and you don’t know the answer, it’s okay to tell them you don’t know and try to find the answer together. When you look up Bible passages, you can let them read the Scripture. You can also ask them to pray or share things you can pray for.
Resource of the Month
The book The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids by Nancy Guthrie is a great resource to help you pray the Scriptures over your kids. It weaves together wisdom and insight from each day’s reading in The One Year Bible, providing encouragement through the triumphs and turbulence of parenting. Day by day you’ll find your dreams and desires for your children are becoming shaped more by Scripture than by the culture around you. Worry less, pray more, and help yourself to a daily dose of perspective, hope, and grace as you parent.
Lesson of the Week
WEEK 1 | DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
What animal did Jesus ride?
What were people waving as Jesus rode past?
How do you think the people in the crowd felt as they watched Jesus ride past?
What does it mean that Jesus was the Messiah?
How can you praise Jesus this week?
WEEK 1 | ACTIVITY
Use the Palm Praises printable to praise Jesus! Print out the attachment and fill in the blank palms with things your family is grateful.
All-Church Easter Activity
Stained Glass: Sharing the Story of Hope
The Easter story is one of hope and renewal. Like images of spring and new life, we think stained glass is a visual representation of hopefulness. As Pastor Carey said in her children’s message, the light of Christ shines through us like sunlight shines through stained glass, and we can radiate that light into the world. We invite you to create your own stained glass using the patterns attached or with your own ideas. Take a picture and share in on Facebook using the hashtag #GaryChurchathome or email it to so we can connect, lift each other up, and share the hope of Easter wherever we are.