Family Eastering – Rope/Whip

Simply making more of DIY resurrection eggs.

Egg Three: Rope/Whip – Solidarity in Pain

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Verse: Mark 15 v 15

Pilate wanted to please the crowd. So he set Barabbas free. Then he ordered his soldiers to beat Jesus with a whip and nail him to a cross.

Activity:

Use a teddy or toy to zoom around and get hurt by banging into something. ‘Ouch’. Talk about how we can relate to teddy’s pain because we now how it feels when we bang into something or feel pain. Talk about pain we have felt. You could also watch a video or talk about when someone gets hurt physically.

Reflection:

Before Jesus was put on the cross he was whipped (hit with a rope that hurt very much). We often talk about how Jesus can take away our sickness and pain but we also remember that even though he was God and had everything he chose to come to earth to rescue us and to experience physical pain. This means Jesus understands what it is like when we are in pain. He understands how it feels when our bodies are hurt and when our hearts are sad. It is very awful that people whipped Jesus and hurt him so much but we know he can be beside us when we hurt because he knows how it feels.

Prayer:

Jesus, it is so sad that you were whipped and hurt. Thank you that you went through that because you love us so much. Thank you that you understand what pain feels like and you are especially close to us when we are sad and hurt. We love you.

May we all come with fresh eyes to the story we know so well, may we let the truths soak deep down and take root, and may these truths breathe life into our daily comings and goings.

These reflections are not exhaustive they are simply a way to add extra thoughtfulness to your Easter celebrations. I hope they bless you dear families. x

Family Eastering – Silver Coins

Simply making more of DIY resurrection eggs.

Three: Silver Coins – Bribery and Heart Treasure

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Verse: Matthew 27 v 3 – 4

Judas had betrayed Jesus, but when he learned that Jesus had been sentenced to death, he was sorry for what he had done. He returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and leaders and said, “I have sinned by betraying a man who has never done anything wrong.”

Activity Ideas:

Ask your child to do a job for you, offer them money or a reward to do it. Depending on their age some kind of extra chore – emptying the dishwasher, putting clothes away, writing to a grandparent…. Then ask your child to do something they know they shouldn’t do – meanness, messing up a siblings room… offer them a reward or money to do this too (your knowledge of your child will come into play here!). How do they respond?

Reflection:

There were two different things I asked you to do today in order to get a reward or money from me. One of those things was a ‘honest job’ it was a good thing to do. One of those things was a bad thing to do and you knew it was a wrong choice. Did you want to do it anyway to get a reward? It can be very tempting to do the wrong thing. Judas took a bribe to do something he knew was bad. He took money to betray his friend Jesus. Was that an honest job? (discuss).

In our lives we can let wanting things and money get in the way of doing the right thing. When we start to put getting money and things ahead of loving people we are on a pathway that is not good. It will stop us from being able to love God with all of our hearts.

Prayer:

Sometimes God having things and wanting money is something I think about a lot. Help me to always love you and to always love people more than I love and want things and money. Let my heart grow bigger with your love for people.

May we all come with fresh eyes to the story we know so well, may we let the truths soak deep down and take root, and may these truths breathe life into our daily comings and goings.

These reflections are not exhaustive they are simply a way to add extra thoughtfulness to your Easter celebrations. I hope they bless you dear families. x

Resurrection Eggs

One – Palm Branches

Two – Bread

Family Eastering – Bread

Simply exploring more in each of the DIY resurrection eggs.

Egg two: Bread – Passover and Freedom

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Verse: Matthew 26 v 26-28

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying,“Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Activity Ideas:

Make bread together – this can be as simple as putting together a no-knead loaf the night before (this is a good one) or making a set of fresh buns together during the day if you have more time.

Celebrate communion together as a family before dinner. Depending on your traditions this may have very specific rituals around it but you can also just have a simple sharing of a drink and bread together and remember Jesus words, rather than call it communion if this is more fitting for your family.

Reflection:

The meal that Jesus shared with his disciples, his last meal with them, was a very special meal called passover. During the first passover meal Jewish people ate their meal ready to escape from slavery in Egypt. When Jesus ate this last meal with his most precious friends he was about to give all people a new kind of freedom from slavery. He was about to set all people free from sin.

Prayer:

Jesus thank you that you brought freedom to me and you invite us to bring freedom to others. Thank you for so generously giving yourself to us all.

May we all come with fresh eyes to the story we know so well, may we let the truths soak deep down and take root, and may these truths breathe life into our daily comings and goings.

These reflections are not exhaustive they are simply a way to add extra thoughtfulness to your Easter celebrations. I hope they bless you dear families. x

Resurrection Eggs

One – Palm Branches

Family Eastering – Palm Branches

Simply exploring more in each of the DIY resurrection eggs.

Egg one: Palm BranchMessages

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Verse – Matthew 21 v 8-9

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Ideas for activities

Use branches outside to do semaphore  or make a pathway along the driveway with branches as a symbol of welcome.

Give your child/children a special piece of your clothing to wear for a short time.

Reflection

When people waved palm branches and threw down their cloaks they were sending a message, just like the welcome message we waved out in semaphore or the red carpet that is rolled out for honoured people at special events.

Their message said – triumph, peace and victory. People recognised that Jesus was the great leader who would win the victory for them. They didn’t understand that this victory would look like Jesus dying on the cross and being raised to life but they did recognise him as the one who would bring them victory and peace.

Some of them put down their clothes for him to walk over. In Jesus time a person might only have one cloak (like a jacket) to wear so when they put this down it showed how very precious he was to that person. When we shared a piece of clothing it said to you – you are precious to me and I trust you with something precious. By throwing down their garments for Jesus to walk on people were showing how much honour and love they had for Jesus.

Here you could also talk about Korowai – the Maori cloak that is a symbol of mana, prestige and honour. People showed that Jesus was worthy of these qualities too. They honoured Jesus.

Prayer – 

Jesus as I think about Easter help me to welcome you with honour into my life. Thank you that you came to bring victory over sin and peace. Amen.

May we all come with fresh eyes to the story we know so well, may we let the truths soak deep down and take root, and may these truths breathe life into our daily comings and goings.

Resurrection Eggs One

Eastering with Children – resurrection eggs

Part of my heart is for us all to understand well. Not just to know the songs and some of the key stories around the edges but to truly hold the whole story and good theology as part of our basic practice.

Last year when I wrote my Advent book it came from this place of wanting to give people tools to create meaningful, deeper celebration and this year I want to explore some of Easter in a similar vein.

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Some nights ago I sat round a dining room table with a small group of mama’s and we made DIY resurrection eggs. There are flash ones you can buy but these are simple ones that tell the story, with verses and symbols,  and are very achievable. We used the free downloadable PDF created by Play Eat Grow. All you really need is a set of plastic eggs and some things you’ll probably find around your home.

The mama who organised us all and I had a conversation around extending the meaning for these and adding some structure and shape. As such I am going to share one egg and some thoughts or activities or maybe both each day coming up to Easter. I do this as an offering to you, in order to help you think about Easter in a more reflective way as a family.

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I am aiming to do one each day that will take us through to Easter and give you something to focus on each day. If you haven’t got resurrection eggs or the steam to organise them you could still read out the verse and look at the symbol together and go from there.

If they bless you please feel free to share these with any family who might enjoy extending their Easter conversations. If you do please share the ideas and work from here to encourage my journey as a writer and sharer.

May we all come with fresh eyes to the story we know so well, may we let the truths soak deep down and take root, and may these truths breathe life into our daily comings and goings.

Be blessed dear, beloved families.