Friday, April 18, 2014

Family Easter Event {Walk With Jesus}

It's Good Friday and I am sharing with you an Easter Family event we did at our church.  Pin it for next year! 
I helped plan a family Easter event at our church.  We wanted to go deeper with families on Easter then the normal Easter Egg Hunt {which we also do}.  We wanted to provide parents a way to share the Resurrection Story with their kids.  We used Group's Walk with Jesus (I am not affiliated with Group) as a base... but we changed it up a bit.  Group's version is more large group story telling and we wanted it to be more one-on-one with the parents telling their kids the info.  

We set up 5 stations... kind of similar to Stations of the Cross but made for families. Each room was decorated like the places Jesus went on his way to the cross and resurrection.  We provided a scrip for the parents with the verses, a short narrative, some questions to talk about and also an action to be done at each station.  Most of our narrative and questions came from Groups Walk with Jesus so I will not be sharing that part of it since it is copyrighted. 

Station 1 - Palm Sunday
Decor: A path - could use butcher paper - some rocks and trees.  We set tables on the side of the room to decorate the palm leaves. 
Verses: Luke 19:36-40 

Action: we had the kids write praises to Jesus or draw a praise picture on the palm leaf.  They then laid it on the path and said "Hosanna!"  

Station 2- The Lord's Supper
Decor: table set with plates, bread, cup of juice and other table decor.
Verses: John 13:1-17 

Action: we had chairs set around the outside of the room and wet wipes set on the floor.  We had the parents wash their kids feet and say "Follow Jesus because He loves you!"

Station 3 - Gethsemane
Decor: Trees, bushes, twinkle lights. We had the lights off since it was supposed to be the middle of the night. 
Verses: Matthew 26:36-56 
Action: We had groups of chairs set up for families to pray about a tough situation the kids may be going through.  We also had them talk about hard times and how God helped them through it. For older students (middle school and adults) we had them pray for the people suffering around the world. 

Station 4 - Good Friday
Decor: Cross at the front of the room. 
Verses: Matthew 27:32-44
Action: Write a sin down and tape it to the cross.  

Station 5- Resurrection Sunday
Decor: We had large stone walls (made from Styrofoam panels) from an early VBS event so we used those to create the tomb.  We used a kiddie pool wrapped in paper to make the rock.  I also created a small indent into the room using more stone walls. we placed a small bench inside with some cloth to show that it was empty.  
Verses: John 20:1-16 
Action: We ordered the dissolvable paper from Group.  We had everyone write down their sin from Good Friday on the paper, put it in the water and watch it dissolve.  

Some hints to help you set up your own:
  • Use what you have:  Our church had a lot of props that we used to help set up the rooms.  I bet yours does too! 
  • Have groups of chairs in each room so that there is a spot for the families to sit together and read the script.  We did this in a few of the rooms but the rooms that did not have them it was hard to talk as a family
  • Have a host for each room.  We didn't this year but it is in the plan for next year.  Some one to help families get started, keep them moving, and keep the supplies in order.
  • We had some back ground noise in each room to help so that you are not hearing everything the other families are saying.
  • Use a Bible version that is family friendly, like the message or New living, something that the kids can understand when you are reading it to them. 
This was  a great event to get families to talk about the real meaning of Easter/Resurrection Sunday.  It was a great way for the kids to see and experience some of the stories they have heard about.   We went with our kids and it was a little over their heads (we have a 6, 4, and 1 year old) but it was still good to start the conversation.  My 6 year old has heard all the stories but it was good to get him to think about how to apply it to himself.  I also liked that these stories were coming from me and not just the Sunday school teacher.   It is a good thing for your kids to hear your faith from you too! 

1 comment :

Kelly said...

You did such a great job! Thanks for all of your hard work :)

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