Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Plans

So, I'm afraid that Easter has kind-of snuck up on me this year!  Most years I like to take the couple weeks prior to Easter and spend them reading the Resurrection story with my kids, dying Easter eggs, making crafts, participating in a Passover meal and just looking for as many opportunities as I can to share the Good News with them.  This year??  Nothing.

Oh, wait!  There was the one afternoon I pulled out the Resurrection Eggs with Jackson.  Does THAT count??  :)

So THIS weekend, we're making up for lost time!  Besides the traditional egg-dying ritual, here's a look at what we've got planned:

Passover Meal:
Every Passover week, our family attempts to re-create the Passover meal with the re-telling of the Exodus story.  It is a tradition that my children have grown to look forward to every year.  It has been a great tool for us to use to show how the Old Testament points to Christ as the fulfillment of the prophecies.   Here's a look at our Passover celebration in year's past.

Resurrection Cookie Recipe:
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these fun cookies!  Each ingredient helps to tell the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.  After making the dough and plopping in onto the cookie sheets, simply tuck these into the oven overnight and seal it shut (we use tape!!).  In the morning, when you  break open the cookies, they are hollow on the inside.  The tomb is empty!

Resurrection Cookies 
You will need:
1 cup whole pecans
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch salt
1 cup sugar
a zipper baggy
1 wooden spoon
scotch tape
These are to be made the evening before Easter. Preheat oven to 300F.
*** (this is very important --- don't wait until you are half done with the recipe).
Place pecans in zipper baggy and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested. He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read: John 19:1-3

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink.
Read: John 19:28-30
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life
to give us life.
Read: John 10:10-11
Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read: Luke 23:27

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
and John 3:16
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
and John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read: Matthew 27:57-60

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus tomb was sealed.
Read: Matthew 27:65-66


Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read: John 16:20,22

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.

 Join us THIS Saturday for an Easter egg hunt at Everybody's Playground from 10:00 - 11:30 am.  Three separate egg fields for hunters of all ages, inflatables and music!!  Come out and join us!  It's gonna be a blast!

Our Favorite Easter Books:

I am so looking forward to a fun-filled weekend with family and friends!  I hope you are also planning out your celebrations as you look for ways to honor the King.  Happy Easter!!


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