31 March 2024
Bible readings for today
God of new beginnings,
your resurrection brought darkness into the fullness of your light;
shed that light into the dark places of our lives,
that we may grasp the promise of eternity
and live as your resurrection people,
created, redeemed and empowered through you.
For you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
The Empty Tomb (John 20:1-19)
The aim of today is to understand that Jesus rose from the dead and brings us hope of new life in him, and that something happy and wonderful can come out of something very sad.
Intergenerational Services from Scripture Union
Printable Easter Holiday resources
The Children's Mission (children's ministry in the Salvation Army NZ) have some great printable resources, including an Easter booklet - perfect for printing out for visiting families, or including in Eater isolation packs.
Wrapping the Cross
Wrapping the Cross is a powerful visual way to tell the Easter story, as the cross is wrapped up in clothes on Good Friday, and revealed on Easter Sunday. You may need to adapt the story if greater sensitivity is needed (like young children).
The Church of Scotland have some worship resources for today
I wonder questions
Easter Egg Relay Race
This is a great game for people of all ages; children and adults can both be accommodated easily.
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A beautiful image from the Visio Lectio project, created by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. © Sarah West. All Rights reserved, shared with permission.
A huge thanks to the Diocese of Dunedin for this Gospel Conversation. In one of the most moving Conversations we have had, Lisa, Gary and Mannie join Michael to rejoice in the deep mystery, love and hope of Mary Magdalene's encounter with the risen Jesus in the garden. You won't want to miss this one!
A couple of years ago, Strandz put together some 'Easter Bubbles' resources to help families navigate the Easter story at home. This would be good for those families who cannot join in the Easter celebrations this year, and who want to do something at home.
Hand printed cross
This activity could be done on a large sheet of newsprint paper, to include everyone's handprints on the one sheet, or each child could have their own smaller piece of paper to make a cross. It could be done as described, with the hands forming a cross, or in reverse, with the handprints providing the background to a white cross (as per the pictures below). Craft idea was taken from this website
"PAINTED HAND PRINTS: Spread some paint on each child's one hand and let them place their painted hand print on a poster board and all the hands need to be in a formation of a cross when the prints are completed. When I did this activity, I did these cross-formation-hand-prints on our class room wall for decoration. The kids loved it and enjoyed it for years!"
Papier Mache Tombs
Note: These tombs take a long time to dry. If possible, children should take them home still wet on their paper plate. Those that are left will be dry by the following week.
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