What does evryone do for Easter?

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Erica - posted on 04/09/2009

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Thanks Shannon thats is really cool! I'm going to try this for sure it is such an awesome way teach kids about Jesus! I can even give that idea to others and even for Sunday school. My church is large and we could do something like that for the kids at church.

Shannon - posted on 04/09/2009

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Here is something to do that is an excelent symbol of what Christ did for us. If your kids are old enough. My son is almost 4 and he is already talking about how Jesus died on the cross for our sins.



THE EASTER STORY COOKIES

To be made the evening before Easter.



You need:



1 cup whole pecans

1 tsp. vinegar

3 egg whites

pinch salt

1 cup sugar

zipper baggie

heavy wooden spoon

tape

A Bible



Preheat oven to 300 degrees. This is important! ?Don't wait until you're half done with the recipe!

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.

Read John 19:1-3.



Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl.

Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.

Read John 19:28-30.



Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us eternal life.

Read John 10:10-11.



Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.

Read Luke 23:27.



So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.

Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.



Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.

Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.



Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.

Read Matt. 27:57-60.



Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.

Read Matt. 27:65-66.



NOW GO TO BED! ?Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.

Read John 16:20 and 22.



On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.

Read Matt. 28:1-9

Schollin - posted on 04/09/2009

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We'll do all of the traditional things,however, I dont believe in letting a kid find an easter basket chalked full of candy is wise or healthy so instead we buy him small toys like daddy guys/ GI Joes(his daddy's a soldier),motorcycles,coloring books and crayons and race cars..things that he has to use his imagination for.

Melinda - posted on 04/09/2009

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I attend church every Sunday and I am a nusery teacher as well. In our church we have open session before the kids go to their seperate classes and this week I am on for a devotional which I am excited about. I love talking to kids about Jesus. They are so precious. We don't have a lot in our nusery like that but no doubt there may be a few extra. I am planning on doing my devotional on some of the easter traditions and explaining to the kids why we do certain things at Easter. I love Easter. I think it is our most important holiday!

Erica - posted on 04/09/2009

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We go to church too, Do you go to church regularly? We go to the city to visit my inlaws, my parents (long story) but we won't be seeing them, we will have an egg hunt too at my inlaws we that every year. But it will be a short trip, I'm really involved at my church i have to run the nursey and with Easter our number sky rocket and it will be crazy with tons more kids. But the rest of the weekend we'll be hanging out as a family just the 6 of us.

Melinda - posted on 04/09/2009

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we have an egg hunt and then off to church. I will be cooking dinner for my husbands family and then enjoying the rest of the day with just the three of us

Carissa - posted on 04/09/2009

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I'm the kind of person who can't leave either side of the family alone on any holiday. So there will be church in the morning. Then off 45 miles away for an Easter dinner with his family. Then back home 45 miles for Easter supper with my family. Family is very important to me, so I try to make sure that we fit both families in!

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