Resources for a Purposeful Easter Celebration

Need some helpful purposeful tools for celebrating Easter this year?

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter by Nancy Guthrie. It’s a collection of twenty-five short readings with contributors such as Martin Lloyd-Jones, J.C. Ryle, R.C. Sproul and more. A great tool for family devotions or reading together in the evening in preparation for Easter.

The Very First Easter by Paul Maier. Have you been looking for a resource to help teach your children the importance of this holiday? Check out this wonderful story retold in simple and yet powerful language.

Family Bible Readings for Holy Week by Carri Garvey (a long time friend of our family) is a helpful devotional guide for the week prior to Easter Sunday. She shares: The media makes so much more of other holidays, yet to us as Christians, Easter should be THE MOST IMPORTANT. Here is a Holy Week Devotional for your family to help you make the week special and build up the anticipation of celebration on Resurrection Sunday.  Please feel free to print and use it however you like.We invite you to use this resource together with us this next week.

Make your own Resurrection Eggs or purchase a set of Resurrection Eggs- a fun way to retell the story of the Resurrection.

Hot Cross Buns recipe – Traditional bread for Good Friday, with the cross as a symbol of Christ and the resurrection, in a healthy fashion! Fun baking project with kids.

How to Naturally Dye Eggs – ideas for dying eggs naturally!

Easter Cookies – cookies for easter with a purpose!

Let us rejoice together in the wonders of Christ’s coming, death, and resurrection and the glorious grace that was purchased for us!

How do you seek to make your Easter celebrations purposeful?

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

11 Responses to Resources for a Purposeful Easter Celebration

  1. Heather March 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    I just did a post on celebrating Easter with little one’s. We love to take the weeks leading up to Easter to sit, ponder, create and anticipate His death and resurrection.

    Thanks for the ideas you listed. I’m always on the lookout for ideas!

  2. Jennifer March 26, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    Thank you for giving us some great reading resources for Easter! I was able to get one from the library. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  3. Regina Murphy March 23, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Wow! Thank you so much for these wonderful resources. I’m excited to use them with my family. :)

  4. Ally March 23, 2010 at 5:31 am #

    Thanks so much for the great ideas! I plan to put some in my back pocket.

    Although my daughter is only 7 months and isn’t quite ready for Easter explanations… I plan to carry on my husband’s family’s tradition–instead of Easter Baskets they made “tombs” by covering old large yogurt containers and the like with paper each of the kids colored their tomb and drew their version of the resurrected Jesus on the front. Those are filled with little goodies and hidden for them to run to the tomb like the disciples on Easter morning :) I thought it was rather clever of my mother-in-law!

  5. Julie March 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    these are good resources, though I can’t help but cringe whenever you mention “easter”. i think it must make God very sad that we have renamed the day when he rose from the dead with the name of another god. maybe this website will help

  6. Danielle March 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    oooo, thank you so much! i have not had the brain power to plan anything, but wanted to make this week special and full of purpose for my kids. thanks for the resources and a little motivational push!

  7. Megan Southwell March 22, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    This is another Easter goody recipe with an Easter lesson.

    Resurrections Rolls

    Crescent rolls
    Melted Butter
    Large Marshmallows

    Read Matthew 27:57-61

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Give each child a triangle of crescent rolls. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.

    Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.

    Have your children dip the marshmallow in melted butter. This represents the oils of embalming.

    Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represent the spice used to annoint the body.

    Wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside. Make sure it is seal VERY well). This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death.

    Place in oven for 10-12 minutes (The oven represents the tomb–pretend like it was three days!)

    Let the rolls cool slightly after removing from the oven. The children can open their rolls and (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there –He is risen! (The marshmallow melts an the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty!)

    Now Read Matthew 28:5-8.

  8. Donna March 22, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Thank you! What a tremendous resource your blog is. I have been searching for this information for the past several weeks and talking to my kids a bit, but struggling.

  9. Leslie March 22, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Thanks so much Lindsay, for these resources. I have been wanting to plan for a more purposeful Easter celebration this year, and get away from all the materialism! These are great ideas, I especially like the special readings for Holy week!

  10. elaine March 22, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    Thank you so much for these ideas … I had just commented to my husband that you’ve already got me thinking more “purposefully” about things and Resurrection Sunday was something I wanted to be purposeful about and not just let it come and go.
    Blessings to you!!