I am thinking if I blog my plans down, there are greater chances that I will get these things done. I plan and hyper plan Christmas activities, and Easter is just as important…yet I haven’t really given this holiday justice! I thank Jeanette for planning a party so that I would start thinking of this early enough to make my New Year’s goal, plan ahead for special holidays!!
*My Easter Plans:
*Simple enough, we are reading a story of Jesus each day the month before Easter out of a Children’s New Testament Stories of Jesus Bible book.
* Have children open egg and read about the object for Christ’s Resurrection each day for the twelve days preceeding Easter (Resurrection Eggs: Twelve days of Easter program ), and instead of doing them all on one day, as we’ve done previously. *This great link given to me by my wonderful sister in law Katie Mitchell
*Make Resurrection Rolls either on Easter Morning or as a FamilyNight lesson, w/ treat. I was making Hot Cross Buns, but like this idea given me by my siter in law April much better, because it focuses on His Resurrection, not death, and is a beautiful object teaching lesson (See April’s recipe and lesson ideas below)
*Do our Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, and the Easter Basket has one small toy and something they need for Sunday be it shoes, shirt, dress, etc.
* Do an Easter Family Home Evening the two Mondays before Easter, and one program on Easter Sunday. Of course modify for the ability of our family. (The following ideas are found in Ideas and Information for Fun Family Traditions All Year Round: The House of Jacob by LaDawn Jacobs, obtainable at Stephenson’s Geneology for only the cost of copying it.)
Family Home Evening and Easter Sunday program selections:
1) Sharing Time: Testimony of Easter by Pat Graham (A beautiful sharing time program with illustrated pictures to do for family home evening that compares the atonement with the season of spring and restoration of life) ** I may have Milly illustrate he own pics to make her own book!
2) Passover Eve: (See program below by Kathy Hawkins)
3) A passover program of your choice. My Dad has a great one that I have, if you want it ask me for a copy!
This fun recipe uses Crescent rolls and a disappearing marshmallow to represent the empty tomb on that first Easter morning.
. 1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
· 8 large marshmallows
· 1/4 cup melted butter
· 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
· 2 tablespoons white sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
3. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.
4. Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together tightly to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.
5. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Sample Lesson Plan:
Give each child a triangle of crescent rolls. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.
Read Matthew 27:57-61
1. Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.
2. Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter. This represents the oils of embalming.
3. Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represents the spices used to anoint the body.
4. Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.) This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death. The rolls represent the linen wrapping used in covering the dead.
5. Place in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. (The oven represents the tomb – pretend like it was three days!)
6. Let the rolls cool slightly. The children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.)
Now read Matthew 28:5-8
Explain: At the tomb, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary saw an angel, who told them not to be afraid. No one had taken Jesus’ body, but He Had risen from the dead! The angel told the women to go and tell the disciples what they had seen, that Jesus had risen from the dead. They were so excited, they ran all the way home to tell the disciples the good news! He is risen from the dead! Alleluia!
After that Jesus appeared in person to Peter, then to the 12 disciples and after that, to more than 500 people. Jesus’ appearance to eyewitnesses, those who saw Him with their own eyes, would give support and prove that Jesus rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
By rising from the dead, Jesus proved once and for all that He was the Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Chosen One, and the Lamb of God. By dying on the cross and rising from the dead, Jesus did what no other had ever done before. As both God and man, He overcame death. And now because of what Jesus has done, we are able to be forgiven of our sins. Easter is not a celebration of the Savior’s death but of His Resurrection. Because of His triumph over death, we too will be resurrected. May you have a blessed and meaningful Easter!
*PASSOVER EVE program:
[Before the children are called, several pieces of leavened bread are hidden through out the house. When it is dark all the lights in the house are turned out and children are given candles to search the house for the pieces of bread.]
The Children of Isrel went into Egypt originally as part of God’s plan: there was a famine in the land of Canaan and the only place where bread could be obtained was in Egypt.
Upon revealing himself as their deliverer, Joseph, our father, told his brothers, “God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” (Gen 45:7) It was appropriate that Israel and his children should have gone into Egypt in Joseph’s time. After our father Joseph died, there arose a Pharoah in Egypt who knew not Joseph . Because the children of Israel increased abundantly and multiplied and waxed exceedingly mighty, Pharaoh was frightened and brought the children of Israel increased abundantly and multiplied and waxed exceedingly mighty, Pharaoh was frightened and brought the children of Israel into captivity and set hard task masters over them.
Because the children of Israel were misused and oppressed it was necessary that they be delivered from bondage lest they lose all sense of their foreordination and purpose as a people of God.
All during the year we eat leavened bread. We say a blessing over it, we use it on the Sabbath and holidays and ordinary days. Clearly there is nothing wrong with these loaves taht get all puffed up from the yeast that works mysteriously inside them. It is good to eat this puffed-up grain. However when We become puffed up it is not good. Yeast is symbolic of that which not only puffs up but also can corrupt and spoil. Sometimes we put yeast not only into the bread but we have things in our life which can corrupt and spoil us. We can also get puffed up in pride, in appetite, in greed. We take advantage of others, to seek power over them, we indulge ourselves without regard to the harm that will result. We can become selfish and self-centered causing us to forget our foreordination as children of Joseph and Israel. At such a time, because we have misused the yeasty things in our lives, it is necessary that we take them out of our lives.
Let us now gather the remaining ten pieces of leavened bread and as we do let us look at our lives, searching for actions or thoughts that are selfish and self-centered and may lead us away from our purpose as children of Joseph and Israel.
Let us begin our search, using the candle to probe the corners of our inner lives as deeply as we probe the corners of our home.
(Have everyone search with their candles. After all the pieces have been found, put them in a container to be burned. )
EVERY SORT OF CORRUPTION IN MY POSSESSION WHICH HAS NOT MET MY GAVE AND WHICH I HVE NOT DESTROYED, LET BE REMOVED, OWNERLESS, LIKE THE DUST OF THE EARTH.
(Burn the leavened bread.)
EVERY SORT OF CORRUPTION IN MY POSSESSION WHICH HAS MET MY GAZE OR HAS NOTMET MY GAZE WHICH I HAVE DESTROYED OR HAVE NOT DESTROYED, LET IT BE REMOVED, OWNERLESS, LIKE THE DUST OF THE EARTH.
MAY IT BE THE WILL OF OUR SAVIOR, GOD OF OUR FATHERS, ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB, THAT AS I HAVE DESTROYED CORRUPTION FROM MY HOME AND SELFISHNESS IN MY LIFE. MAY HE GIVE ALL HIS CREATURES A HEART OF COMPASSION. MAY ALL CRUELTY VANISH FROM THE EARTH LIKE SMOKE. MAY OUR HEARTS BE WASHED CLEAN THAT WE MAY SERVE GOD WITH TRUTH AND MAY THE INCLINATIONS OF ALL HEARTS AND MINDS BE UNITED IN LOVE AND PURPOSE AND REVERE HIS NAME SO THAT THE ZION OF THE LATTER DAY SAINTS BE ESTBLISHED AS FORETOLD.
Sing “More Holiness Give Me” Hymn # 131
(A portion of a Passover Celebration, given to LaDawn Jacobs by Kathy Hawkins)
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