Sunday, April 10, 2011

Easter Countdown

Family Home Evening
Easter Countdown
Opening Song:  Tell me the stories of Jesus Children's Songbook #57
Opening Prayer: Child
Lesson: Mom
Go over to my Personal Blog and see how we made an Easter Countdown
Using Card cut in egg shape, paint, draw, decorate 7 eggs in any way you wish.
Either sew them together as link above, or just stick to wall or tie with ribbons.
On the back of the eggs write down some activities to do as a family.
Here are 7 examples of things you can do leading up to the week of Easter.
If you want a longer countdown calendar add other activities such as Egg hunts, dyeing eggs, bunny and chick crafts etc.

Palm Sunday :
Make a Palm Cross , reenact Jesus on a donkey and people waving palm fronds.

Monday: (cleansing of the temple)
Talk about how church/temple should be a place of calm and worship and not a house of caos.
Make Soft Pretzels (shaped like folded arms for prayer)

Tuesday: (teaching at the temple)
Jesus taught what is the greatest law. Love thy neighbour as they self.
Take a gift for your neighbours

Mary washed Jesus Feet and offered expensive oils/purfume.
Reenact with children and wash their feet (I find this very humbling and moving)

Thursday: Preparing for Passover
Read the story of the passover John 13:1-11 and make a simple passover meal.
Unleavened bread, lamb, horseradish, Haroset, Parsley and salt water details here

Friday: The day Jesus Died
Make Hot cross buns and discuss Cruxifiction

Saturday: Festival of Light
Make lanterns, candle holders to symbolise those that wait for Jesus resurrection

Sunday: He is Risen
Hold family testimony meeting, attend church.

These ideas all came from Christianity Today Easter Ideas page.

Closing Song: I feel my Saviours Love Childrens Songbook #74

Closing Prayer: Dad

Decorate oval shape cookies with frosting and m&m's and mini marshmallows.


Bobbi & Noe said...

Great ideas!!!!! :)

Chasing Molly said...

Dear Natalie,
I LOVE this idea! It is a new twist to the different eggs but better than just doing pictures each day. So cute! Thank you so much for sharing.