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A Resurrection Garden

 I’m so glad you’ve joined us on our journey as we’ve walked with Jesus this Easter season. I hope it’s led to some great talks, great questions, and much anticipation for the hope we have because of Easter morning!!

In just a few days is Good Friday, the day that we reflect on Jesus’ death on the cross. Sometimes this can be a hard event to talk about with our kids, but I believe it’s a very important talk that we must have with them. I believe that when our kids see the contrast of this very sour and hard time in the life of Christ, it just makes Easter morning and His defeat of death SO much sweeter! The anticipation to celebrate Easter morning is so much greater! I would love for my kids to wake up Easter morning screaming HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN!! One thing that we did this year was to create a Resurrection garden. This little garden has spurred some great conversation and has been a great tool to talk through the events of Easter.

What you’ll need: container, dirt, small rocks, something to represent the tomb, cross made out of twigs (ours isn’t complete yet), and some figurines (Lego or Playmobile pieces work great) to represent those in the story

  • As you create your garden, talk with your kids about the different events of the Easter story: Jesus carrying the cross, Jesus dying on the cross, Jesus being buried in the tomb, and Jesus rising from the dead!!
  • Each day, take a little time to talk about the garden and what it represents.
  • On Good Friday, place a tea light in the garden and talk about how it became dark (blowing the candle out) because Jesus died. He was perfect! He had never done anything wrong, but because He loved you and me SO MUCH, He died for us so that we could part of His family. At this time we also placed a stone in front of the tomb.
  • On Easter morning, roll that stone away and light the tealight because our King conquered death and overcame darkness!!

1 Peter 1:3 NIRV – “Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us a new birth and a hope that is alive. It is alive because Jesus Christ rose from the dead.”

May your little ones wake Easter morning with the words “He is Risen! He is Risen!”. Looking forward to celebrating our Risen Lord with you Saturday at 6pm or Sunday at 9:15am or 11am.

*I hope you’ll be able to join us for our Walk With Jesus experience on Good Friday at 6:30pm. We will journey together through the events of Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, The Garden of Gethsemane, and The Cross.*

Malia Grant, Elementary Ministry Director

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