Easter Show And Tell

Easter at St. Paul's
By Janet Earle, Children's Minister

Posted on March 20, 2013

A parade with a thousand screaming fans. A quiet dinner with friends behind closed doors. A brutal, unexpected death on a cross. A massive stone rolled back to reveal an empty tomb. A dead man alive and reassuring his friends. Powerful images from the time we now call ‘Easter’ – the last week in the life of Jesus. These events form the foundation of the Christian faith but seeking to grapple with their meaning remains a challenge. How do we make sense of Easter?  How do we share it with our children?

Parents like to tell children things, to pass along their experience. But parents know that only a small fraction of the wisdom we seek to impart will stick. Words alone don’t work. Children need to experience things for themselves. No doubt this is also true for adults. So I am not going to tell you all about Easter – but let me invite you to experience Easter.

At St. Paul’s we invite children and adults alike to explore the Easter story with us – by listening, worshipping, praying and meditating and allowing God to reveal himself to us.

Come and experience the joy of Palm Sunday on March 24th at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Come to a quiet service and have ‘dinner’ with Jesus on Thursday, March 28th at 7 p.m. Come on Good Friday at 11 a.m. to worship and face the cruelty of Jesus’ death on the cross.

On Good Friday at 11 a.m. we invite children on our ‘Journey to the Cross’ program. Youth from St. Paul’s will take our children on an interactive tour from the joy of Palm Sunday, to the community of the Last Supper and on to the garden of Gethsemane, the trial and the cross. The journey will end with the empty tomb followed by a time to sing and worship together. We hope that this experience will engage and inspire our children.

On Easter Sunday, March 31st come at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. to sing, celebrate and share in Jesus’ triumph over death. Children are invited to join our Easter egg hunt and party after the services.

The preoccupations of life – work, family, health – confront us in one form or another every day.  I invite you to step beyond the cares of your daily life and enter into something more. Hear the Easter story, yes, but so much more. Enter into a new life, a relationship with the God who created you and loves you. Receive a clean slate – the past forgiven and left behind, and look ahead with hope to this life and beyond.

Join us at St. Paul’s this Easter and find yourself in God’s amazing story.