From Easter brunches to sunrise services at church, egg hunts, and everything in between, there’s something so special about family traditions leading up to celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. I’ve gathered some ideas for making the week of Easter rich in meaning but simple in effort. Maybe one or two of them will inspire and become traditions for your family in the years to come.
“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.” Matthew 28:6
Read Scripture. What a wonderful week to read through an entire Gospel and maybe watch one of the movies below. You could read 2-3 chapters of Mark each day leading up to Easter. We also love the Jesus Storybook Bible for children.
Memorize a Scripture passage. This is something our family has done in the past. Psalm 91 is one of our favorites and brings so much peace.
Worship with music. Turn on your favorite worship music! Maybe learn a new hymn! This post has all of my favorite Spotify and Pandora stations for adults and children. And this post is filled with sweet audiobooks and more for young children.
Worship with art. Have children illustrate the Easter story after you read it to them. Or use sidewalk chalk to make colorful crosses on the sidewalk. My older girls are using their sketchbooks to color a cross and journal their thoughts, so try that if you have older children, too!
Watch The Chosen. This series about the life of Jesus came highly recommended. It is available by downloading the app in the App Store and then watching on your phone or streaming on your TV through Apple TV or Roku. I think it’s best for middle/high school and up as there are some dark scenes. Preview before just to make sure it’s appropriate for your child.
Make a cross for your front door or front yard. Use branches, palm leaves, or flowers you find in your backyard, and put on your door or gift to neighbors.
Visit your church website. They probably have resources for Easter Week. And in case you’re looking for a great option, our church has resources for nursery school, preschool, and elementary aged children. Videos, printables, and more. Everyone is welcome!
Attend or watch a Maundy Thursday service online. Celebrate the Last Supper and share its meaning with your children. You can watch our church service here.
Celebrate Passover. Understanding Passover helps us understand Easter even more. You can tell children the story of the Israelites in Egypt and how God raised up a redeemer (Moses) to bring them out of darkness and into the promised land. There are so many parallels like this that can help children understand the Gospel. For example, the Angel of Death passing over the Jews who had sacrificed lamb’s blood over their door foretells how we are saved from the wages of sin (death) because we have the blood of Christ, the Lamb of God. This blogger has a post with ideas for celebrating Passover in a Christian home that you might want to file away.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by the grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” Romans 3:23
Share the good news. How can you share the good news this week? So many need to know that Jesus offers hope in a seemingly hopeless world. Send cards, call friends, and share the good news with whoever you can.
Attend or watch church on Easter Sunday.
I would love to see how you celebrate Easter this year! Please post pics and tag us @dosaygive, or DM us with your photos. We’ll try to share!
And please share this post with your friends!
Sources:Wreath and Cross Sash from Fig & Dove