Ideas to think about as we approach Easter:
- Send out the word that you will be online for Easter celebration. Remember to put notices on your webpage, FB, etc.
- Gather the family: send a group email or text to families to talk about “this Sunday is Easter Sunday. Do you remember what that means and why we celebrate Easter?”
- Consider doing Holy Week devotionals on platforms such as FB Live. These could be a simple 3-minute FB Live session where the pastor, staff or church member reads a Scripture and has a comment and short prayer.
- Have some fun. Get the family involved. Check these out:
- Kids Ministry Leadership Helps and Resources: lifeway.com/kidsministry | FREE 2020 Family Easter Event
Ideas for Easter Sunday pre-service at home:
- Gather the family. Sure, every Sunday is special, but this is Easter Sunday! Gather the family a few minutes before the service starts online and remind everyone about this special day. (A special snack would be nice, as you get ready to worship together.)
- Many people have a Bible on their smartphones, just for something different, have every family member bring their Bible to use during worship.
- As you wait for the service to begin, direct the conversation to help prepare for worship. You could ask: “What is your favorite thing about Easter?” “What is your favorite Easter song?” or you could tell the Easter story with one family member starting and then each person tells the next part of the story.
Ideas for the Easter Service:
Note: These are ideas that will work for Easter, or any time. It is recommended that you select 1-2 items to consider for your Easter service. Use the others at another time. We celebrate all year long!
- Consider having a child or student read all or part of the Easter story from the Bible.
- Family to Family: our church is gathering as a family, so consider doing your Easter message from your house with your family in attendance. This provides a “we’re in it together” feeling, plus your family will be able to share Easter together.
- Interview as a sermon starter or an element in the worship service: consider interviewing someone, or having someone interview about Easter and then move into the message. Possible questions:
- What is your favorite Easter memory as a child?
- Do you or your family have any Easter traditions?
- Do you like Peeps?
- What is your favorite part about Easter?
- What does Easter mean to you personally?
- Speak directly to children in the message. This is a perfect opportunity for a “show and tell” moment.
- Utilize “cardboard testimonies” from your church members. These could be used as a backdrop, set around the stage, or shown during a song.