it can be the most meaningful one ever.
(and in your most comfy clothes)
Get ready for “The Great Digital Easter” – every church around the world is vying for your screen time this coming Sunday… and they’re already anticipating the bragging rights of BIG streaming numbers into their hour of quarantine. It’s going to be amazing, and the services will be good…
But there’s so much more than “the big show”.
The meaning of Easter is about being surprised by LIFE in the midst of grief and fear – and it could not be more applicable than in our current days.
It would be easy to just shift “the big Easter show” into your living room with surround-sound and call it DONE, but we’re hoping for more… We want to help you make this Easter more meaningful, more intimate, and more than just more screen time. : ) That’s a lot of mores…
PLUS, we want to save you from having to repeatedly ask your kids to BE QUIET AND SIT STILL while you’re TRYING to hear the JOY OF EASTER : )
So… Check out this video from Ryan and then keep reading for some [good] DIY Easter ideas…
We hope that video gets you excited to create your own memorable Easter experience this year.
Ideas from our community to you…
Yes, the stores are out of eggs, the Bunny is quarantined, and we’re all practicing social distancing (sadly, even from loved ones) this Easter… But that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it!
So without further ado, here’s some inspiration we’ve gathered from our Uncommon [community]. Let’s start with reading the story…
First off – the real story of Jesus, his life, his people, his death, and his resurrection (what we celebrate at Easter) are found in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Perhaps when you wake up this Sunday, take a little quiet time to read the real story on your own, and then later to your family or whomever else you have the joy of lock-down with!
Beginning with the Bible this way will start your day with just you and God – whether you believe it all or not. And once you’ve got the real story (even if you don’t watch a service) this reading of the ancient account of Jesus raising from the dead will start your Easter off right from the source!
These eye-witness accounts are short too… even if you just read one with the kids, ask them what they heard, and then everything becomes eggs and candy… it’s a win. It’s only minutes of focus – totally doable for the littles (and the adults with short attention spans too : ).
Read Matthew chapter 28: Jesus has been in the tomb for three days, and this chapter picks up on resurrection morning (Easter). Mary thought she’d find Jesus’ tomb closed and full… that’s not what she got. The parallel accounts are found in Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20.
It doesn’t take much time to to read each of these, and here’s a good practice – Ask God to show you new things and new life even as you read a story that may be very familiar to you. God can even surprise you with new life in words that have become lifeless.
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Further thoughts to think on Easter…
Why is this resurrection moment so important?
Paul (a follower of Jesus) says it here in a letter called 1 Corinthians:
“Now, let me say something profound yet troubling for many… If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ—sheer fabrications, if there’s no resurrection.”
“If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren’t raised, then all we’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever… If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 MSG
Whew… yeah, the resurrection is a pillar of the faith… but what if…
What if I’m not so sure about all of this?It’s ok my friend. Even Jesus’ closest followers wrestled with faith and doubt and trust even when they spent time with him AFTER the resurrection (Matthew 28:17)! Perhaps the best prayer for all of us is one passionately proclaimed to Jesus from a man in Mark chapter 9: “I believe; help my unbelief!” What an authentic prayer – God will answer this prayer for you and your family… He is near to this morning wherever you are in your faith! Jesus gave his life and conquered death for all the world (that pretty much includes all of us). ❤️
Now, if you’d like another fun way to share the story, check out this sweet little video we found that’s made by kids with accents… which of course makes it way better… 😉
Themes & Activities
Having awesome conversations and activities this Easter is something you are FULLY equipped to do with your family & friends… Making it meaningful can be as easy as just talking about some key themes and doing a fun activity…
In Isaiah 43:19, God is talking to the prophet, Isaiah about all the ways He makes things new and says,
“Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.”
This theme shows up over and over in the scriptures to remind us that God is in the business of taking the old and making it new! In fact, it’s why Jesus came. To do away with the old ways of religion that said some were “in” a some were “out”. And to extend the invitation of new life to EVERYONE.
Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
– Matthew 11:28-30
MADE NEW ACTIVITIES
See if you can make something new that you’ve never made before using things you have around the house.
- Make a new a craft or art project
- Make a new food dish
- Paint/fix something that needs repair
- Build something new out of old stuff
Another recurring theme in scripture is light in the darkness.
In fact, Jesus has some words about that for us…
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:14-16
LIGHT AND DARK ACTIVITIES
Sunrise @ Home
If you’re up for an early morning, try having your own Sunrise Service at home. Get up when it is still dark and watch the sunrise. It will be a beautiful moment regardless, but if you want to, read John 1:1-5.
Grab some flashlights and go to a dark spot in your house (bathroom, closet, garage). Turn on one flashlight and explain that darkness can only exist in the absence of light. Have everyone turn on their lights and share that as long as we let our lights shine, the darkness can’t exist. Ask everyone how they might be able to shine their light in what seems like a pretty dark time.
Light a Tree of Hope
Another fun idea is to light up a tree – a hope tree – that your neighbors can see as a sign of light & hope for Easter.
Like we mentioned before, Easter is about being surprised by LIFE in the midst of grief, fear, and death. It’s one of the amazing ways God works in the world. We see this concept in nature all the time. Plants are a great example… A seed can remain a hunk of dormant plant-stuff for years. But given the right conditions, a seed can give rise to new life!
SURPRISED BY LIFE ACTIVITIES
Plant a Seed
If you’re able, plant some seeds and talk about how life will grow out of what seems like a lifeless seed. IF the plant grows over the next few weeks/months it will be a great lasting reminder of the memories you made during your quarantine Easter!
Watch This Cool Video
There is a plant that grows in the Sahara called the Resurrection Plant (aka Jerusalem Rose). Most of the time, it looks like a dead tumbleweed blowing in the wind. But when it finds water, something amazing happens. Watch the video and talk about life coming from death.
Ask: What Will You Do?
Right now, we are in a season waiting in our home shelter… Kinda like how Jesus was “waiting” in the tomb. Ask your fam what they plan to do when we are all able to come out of this time of waiting? What would you have done if you were Jesus? What do you think Jesus wanted to do?
The fun doesn’t stop, here’s some more ideas to to help bring joy to your Easter…
Do you know someone who could use some extra Easter joy? Go drop eggs and/or baskets at their house. Be sure to follow all the proper social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
Missing the ones you love? Hop on whatever video call app you use and play some games. Our favorite has been a Zoom Scavenger Hunt where the host calls out an item to go find in the house and the first to come back with it is the winner. We’ve also heard the Price is Right, Family Feud, and Name that Emoji are fun too!
Fun Easter Games
We downloaded some fun Easter specific games that we’d love to share so you can play them with your family. One is a set of challenges like Egg toss, etc. And the other is a game of Easter Charades where you have to act out what’s on the slide. Both are fun and hilarious!
Click the button below to open up a google drive folder with all the resources you’ll need to play the games…GET EASTER GAMES
That’s all folks!
We would LOVE if you sent us pics or vids of you doing these ideas 🙂 You can tag us on social media @uncommongoodsd or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org