Journey to the Cross


By Janet Earle, Children's Minister

Posted on April 6, 2017

What do a donkey, a bottle of wine, a few nails and a big rock have in common? If you have heard the story of Easter, you likely know the answer. They are all elements in the dramatic events that make up the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. I am guessing you have heard that before.

At St. Paul’s, we are the Christian community for over 225 children and their families. For some, the story of Easter is brand new. We are very excited to have the opportunity to share it with them.

They may not know about the donkey Jesus rode into town on, while crowds gathered to cheer for him. They may not have been told about the meal that Jesus ate with his closest friends, breaking bread for the last time, and beginning a new kind of supper.

They may not know Jesus had friends who let him down, and hurt him in profound ways. It may be the first time they have been told about a cross and an innocent man dying.

They may know only of Easter eggs and family time, not an empty tomb and the greatest hope anyone can know.

On Good Friday at 11 a.m., running at the same time as our worship service, our children will have the opportunity to explore the story of Easter. During our Journey to the Cross program we will travel together in supervised groups around our building to learn about the events from Palm Sunday to Easter morning. Our Youth Group will be present, in costume, telling the story and helping the children experience the very first Easter.

Come and join us – wave a palm branch, have a taste of pita, pray in a garden, and stand at the foot of the cross. Then marvel at the tomb that stands empty, and talk to an angel about what happened.

Everyone is welcome – come and hear the story of Easter!

For more information, contact our children's minister, Janet Earle.