Easter Celebrations


The anticipation of all those chocolate Easter eggs can be almost too much! When
the big day finally arrives, these are some sweet ways you can help children
understand why they have received Easter eggs, and explain the Easter story while
enjoying the chocolate too.

An Easter Egg story… for anyone old enough to eat chocolate

Here’s a fun way to connect chocolate Easter eggs with the story of Easter from the
bible.

Sit down together and enjoy peeling the foil wrapping off a hollow chocolate egg.
Hold the egg in your hand.

Jesus’ tomb was a bit like this egg – with the big stone rolled against the tomb
entrance, inside it must have been dark and cramped. It’s as if the darkness makes it
still Good Friday, the day that Jesus died.

But on the first Easter day, Jesus came alive again, and burst out of the tomb. Good
Friday is broken once and for all, and new life is set free.

At this point, feel free to smash the egg and start eating the pieces. While you eat,
keep going with thinking through the story.

But the trouble was, that nobody saw it happen. The soldiers who were guarding the
tomb had fainted in fear, and the next thing we know, Mary arrives at Jesus’ tomb
and finds that it’s empty. The actual moment of the resurrection happened in private.
All that excitement and joy and nobody to share it…

On Easter Sunday we focus on Mary’s story. There in the garden, the resurrection
had already happened, but she was trapped in her own Good Friday – her grief and
sadness kept her in the dark.

If you have another chocolate egg, peel off the wrapping together and hold it in your
hand.

Just like the first egg, it’s like Good Friday is still happening. It still felt like Good
Friday to Mary.

When we read Mary’s story we can tell the exact moment when the resurrection
happened for her – it’s when Jesus calls her name and she recognises him.
Suddenly all her sadness is turned to joy. Mary’s Good Friday is gone once and for
all, the new life is set free in her.

You can smash and eat your second egg now.

Over the next few weeks, churches all over the world read more stories of how
Jesus’ friends discovered that he was alive again: their own Good Fridays turned to
Easter, all in different ways.

If you have lots of chocolate eggs, you could use these stories to help you eat them:-

• Jesus’ closest friends were trapped in a Good Friday because they were
afraid, but Jesus came to them and said: ‘Peace be with you’, and all their
fear disappeared.

• Thomas’s Good Friday was all about doubt, but his doubt turned to new faith
and confidence when he saw Jesus for himself.

• Some friends of Jesus were on a journey when Jesus met them on the road,
and helped them understand what had happened; he stayed with them for
supper and as he broke the bread to share, they recognised him. Their Good
Friday confusion turned to Easter recognition.

• Peter was Jesus’ best friend, but he was stuck in Good Friday because he’d
betrayed Jesus just when he needed his friendship the most. Peter’s Easter
moment came when Jesus gave him three chances to say ‘I love you’ to make
up the three times that he had turned his back.

• Sometimes we can get stuck in Good Friday too – you could use this prayer
(perhaps as you eat a little bit more chocolate) to help you enjoy the new life
of Easter – or pray it for people you know who are having a hard time at the
moment.

Dear Jesus,
Be with us in our Good Fridays,
and lead us into the new life of Easter.
Amen.

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