Sunday, February 18, 2007

Resurrection Sunday (aka "Easter") traditions?

I'm appealing for a brainstorm session among my brainiac readers, here.

My wife has observed that a lot of effort goes into instructional activities leading up to Christmas, but not so much to Easter. There's a wealth of material available for the former. Some uses narrative format (i.e. Jotham's Journey, One Wintry Night [gorgeous illustrations]), some focus more directly on Scriptural readings (the various Jesse tree books), or combinations of articles and readings and hymns and Scriptures (Focus on the Family had a good one, title escapes me).

What is there, equivalent, for Easter—which, this year, falls on April 8?

I've done Scripture readings leading up to it, focusing on atonement. We did a Christian seder once. What do you do? Do you have a book or books you've found helpful?

One caveat: the "Easter's just about Ashtoreth/Astarte!" crowd can sit this one out, please.


rick said...

We just sit around speaking in tongues and longing for Pentecost.

DJP said...

Wel, uh... that's um....


striving... said...

Hi, just wanted to say that I have seen many christian teachers use the eggs. I do not know the exact name and it is not a book, but it is a neat tool for teaching about Easter.

David said...

seder is the way to go. The OT makes the NT make sense. My kids insist on the seder.

LeeC said...

If you look up "Ressurection eggs" I think you will see what Striving is talking about. I think they are a great tool.

My daughter used them to clearly share the Gospel with her grandma at the ripe old age of four. You can go as in depth as you wish.

Andrew and Carolyn said...

Hi Dan
I think you might find the following Easter resource useful:

Easter Unscrambled' is specifically designed for children/family use and is available from theGood Book Company

The only thing is I'm not sure what their USA delivery prices/policies are.

Hope this helps.

DJP said...

Thanks, A&C. That looks interesting. Have you used it, or do you know anyone who has? It's not Anglican?

I did find it in America HERE.

Andrew and Carolyn said...

We use Good Book Company stuff all the time at Church (Baptist). They're non-denominational (although there is a strong reformed evangelical Anglican base to their partner publisher in Australia, Matthias Media). Their statement of doctrine can be read here.

They've taken a consistently strong stand on penal substitution, the literality of hell, anti-homosexuality etc. We gave Easter Unscrambled to some of our families last year, and we make use of the XTB (Explore the Bible) series a lot (of which this book forms a part). Definitely worth a look. Solidly evangelical, and yet refreshingly presented.

Jon said...

We do a Lamb Hunt instead of an Easter egg hunt. We also prefer to call this day Resurrection Day because the root of "Easter" is paganistic. (this is preferential for our family and not a legalisitic outcry for others)
At the Lamb Hunt we tell the story of the lost lamb as well as use the eggs that teach the resurrection. I also have a huge nail that is like the one driven into Jesus' wrists and feet that I show the children. We have hidden several lambs but there is one in particular that is "lost" that is smaller and harder to find then all the rest.
We also talk to them about how Jesus is the spotless Lamb of God.

4given said...

Oops... that "Jon" comment is not from my husband, but from me. Sorry about that. I forgot to switch it over to my blogger name.

By the way, I got this idea from my pastor's mother-in-law and it is something we do in our neighborhood now.
Our church also does an incredible Seder meal. The likes of which I have never seen before. It is so well done and is not only a wonderful kinesthetic teaching tool for the entire family (all ages), but truly a God honoring time of fellowship. Our pastor has a well thought out events list for this time that is if you are interested, he would share with you in a heart-beat. His e-mail is