All Around Easter is teaching tool about Jesus
By LINDA M. LINONIS
The All Around Easter weekend event at Good Hope Lutheran Church will be fun underscored with a religious theme.
“I want them to have fun but get a message about Jesus as well,” said Ginny Eddy, director of Christian education at the church.
Toddlers through sixth-graders are invited to participate in the free Easter Walk at 2 p.m. today at the church, 98 Homestead Ave. An egg hunt will follow the activity. Eddy said about 100 children are expected to attend the event in the church hall. Parents may sit and watch as their children participate.
Eddy said children will stop at six discovery stations, ranging from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with Jesus’ resurrection. “Each station has something different and an activity,” Eddy said. “We want to get them involved in each.”
Church volunteers filled about 1,000 plastic eggs with candy and Christian trinkets for children to seek out. But there won’t be any Easter bunny hopping in. “We’re staying with what’s true,” Eddy said of the program relating to Jesus.
“We want Jesus in their lives. ... This may help teach them something they will remember,” Eddy said. “We want to stress what Jesus did for us.”
“Life is hard — children face so much," she continued. “We want them to have Jesus in their lives and know they can talk to him 24/7.”
The first station, “Look Who’s Coming,” will be about Palm Sunday and features a circus theme with balloons. Children
will make paper palm-frond fans to wave — strips of construction paper pasted on wooden paint stirrers.
“Serving One Another” is the theme of the second station, the Last Supper. Eddy said children will sample grapes and unleavened bread. And there will be a foot washing set-up, reflecting how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples to serve them.
At the third station, children will have “Quiet Time” in the Garden of Gethsemane. Eddy said they can write requests on “prayer rocks.” “It might be a sick relative or to pray for the world,” Eddy said.
“Farther Than the Eye Can See” is the theme of the fourth station which incorporates a baseball theme. Here, children can write sins on paper in a baseball design, crumple them up and throw them in the air. The idea here, Eddy said, is to show children that sins came back to people until Jesus took away sins by his death and Resurrection.
The fifth station, “Light in Darkness,” is at the tomb of Jesus. The lights will be turned off, and a Scripture passage from John 8:12, “I am the light of the world” will glow in the darkness.
At the sixth and final station, “All Things New,” children will contribute to a Resurrection cross by enhancing a plain cross with silk flowers. Here, they’ll receive bracelets with “Jesus is the light” that blink.
“The purpose of the activity is to introduce or reinforce a message about Jesus,” Eddy said. “We hope children and adults get something out of it.”