One thing we know for sure today, with both the doors of our churches and the doors of our homes closed to keep everyone healthy, our Holy Week celebrations are going to look very different this year.
I know I’ll miss parading with the kids in our church on Palm Sunday, participating in the Lord’s Supper on Good Friday, and worshiping during the joy-filled resurrection service on Easter Sunday. I’m also going to miss gathering with my extended family, eating together, laughing, and going for our annual walk through the woods.
But here’s the good news: the Good News remains the same, regardless of our circumstances!
The stories that bring us hope for a future haven’t changed. This year, we’ve been given a very special opportunity to encourage and equip families as they engage the Holy Week stories together in their homes. And I’m excited about that! For many families, until this year the stories of Holy Week may have only been heard and told during the hours they were at church before getting lost in the visiting, the meal preparing, and the eating of chocolate. But this year that could all change.
When our Faith Formation Ministries team was working on this free resource in January and when I was telling everyone how much I loved it in March, we had no idea of the need it would fill in April. But God did. And we’re thrilled that we’re able to share it with you for free so you can share it with your families. Here are two ideas for how you might do that:
Print and mail a copy of God’s Big Easter Story to every household with children ages 5-10 now so that they’ll have everything they need for April 5th. In addition to providing families with a hard copy of a colorful resource they’ll be able to use this year and in the years to come, it’s just plain fun getting stuff in the mail. Double fun when you’re stuck at home.
Email families God’s Big Easter Story and invite them to download it themselves. Let them know that there are two options for printing the symbols: a full-color set or a set that children can color in themselves. If you’re in touch with the kids at your church via social media, you might want to invite them to post pictures of how they are using their symbols or what their self-colored versions look like.
Our world has changed. But the stories of Holy Week and the hope we have because of Jesus’ resurrection have not. Help parents dwell in those stories with their kids this year by making it possible for them to tell them well at home using God’s Big Easter Story.