Make the room dark (if you have black out curtains) or gather everyone together under a big blanket. Try and make it as dark as you can (or as dark as your kids are ok with!)
Ask your kids, how does it feel being in the dark? The Bible uses the idea of light and dark a lot. On the day that Jesus died the sky grew dark. On the morning of Easter Sunday, while it was still dark, some of Jesus' friends went to his tomb. They wanted to remember their friend who had died. It was dark outside and they felt dark inside. They were sad because their friend had died. They had hoped he would change things, and now as far as they knew he was dead and lying in a tomb. There seemed to be no hope.
At the moment the world feels dark because of the virus. We can’t go to school. We can’t see our friends and our grandparents. There is a lot of worry and sadness around. It feels dark. Spend a few minutes talking to God about our fears and the things that we’re finding hard at the moment. Even if you’re finding everything OK, pray for those you know who are struggling in the darkness.
(You might want to read the suggested Bible story together by torchlight or watch it on an ipad at this point)
When it feels right throw open the curtains or throw off the blanket. Let in the light! How does it feel now there’s light? Thank God that Jesus rose from the dead. The women found the tomb empty, Jesus was alive! We can have hope now however dark the world feels because we know Jesus has conquered death.
WAKE || HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE
Or get your kids to choose their favourites from the treehouse resources page
Read ‘God’s wonderful surprise’ in the Jesus Story Book Bible. Or watch the story here.
Create your own Easter garden. Can you create a hill with a cross and a path leading to a tomb with the stone rolled away?
Choose a material that works for what you’ve got available:
You could make a version out of card and paper
You could make a version out of lego
You could make one using things from your garden (like this)
Or you could make an edible version (please make sure you’ll still want to eat whatever you use, we don’t want to waste food right now!) in a baking tray or on a plate. Click here for some ideas for a sweet version.
Here are some suggestions for savory or sweet edible garden items:
A path made out of broken crisps/raisins/cocopops
A hill made out of an apple/a muffin
A cross made out of carrot sticks/chocolate flakes
A tomb made out of a bread roll//brownie/chocolate egg
A stone made out of a cracker/biscuit
We’d love to see your Easter Gardens! Please post pictures on the Treehouse parents facebook page.
Questions to ask while you build your garden
How do you think the women felt on their way to the tomb?
How do you think the women felt when they found the tomb empty?
What difference does it make to you that Jesus is alive?
How can we share hope with those around us in this dark time?
Why not share what you've been up to on the Treehouse Parents Facebook Group?