Family Eastering – Palm Branches

Simply exploring more in each of the DIY resurrection eggs.

Egg one: Palm BranchMessages

palm branches

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.

palm branch

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.

resurrection eggs

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.