April 12, 2020 -Easter Sunday
Matthew 28: 1-10
Easter is a time to Celebrate!
Many children focus their Easter celebrations on the Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunts and lots and lots of chocolate. I think a few adults might enjoy the chocolate, too! It’s also a time to celebrate new life, the awakening spring and the hope of good things to come.
But the biggest Easter celebration of all is that “Jesus is Risen”! That’s a pretty great reason to celebrate, isn’t it? Take this opportunity to talk about all of the different ways we can celebrate this good news. How do you think the disciples celebrated when they saw Jesus again?
Easter is also a time for family, often with everyone gathering around the table for a big family dinner. This year, many families are far apart and can’t celebrate in their usual ways. That will mean smaller tables, simpler meals and perhaps feelings of disappointment and loneliness. It can be hard when we aren’t able to do things in the same way we’re used to.
I imagine that it was difficult at first for Jesus’ disciples to get used to being without him at their table. But when Jesus rose from the dead, he came to his disciples and told them that even if they couldn’t see him anymore, he would always be with them. From then on, they knew they would never be alone.
Neither are we. Jesus is always with us, too! Even though we may not be able to see him, we can feel his love surrounding us, especially during difficult times. That goes for our families as well. We may not be able to be with them this year, but we know that they love us, just the same.
So with your children, see if you can come up with new ways to celebrate Easter with your family this year. Decorate your house with signs of Jesus’ love for us. You can gather (or make) flowers, draw pictures of spring, decorate Easter eggs that represent new life and hope….what can you come up with? You can also place family pictures on the table, set up a video dinner, and create new ways to be together. And remember…set a place for Jesus, knowing he’ll be there with you too!
Every Easter, Knox brings out it’s “Hallelujah” banner to hang in the church, reminding us that it’s a time to celebrate. Create your own “Hallelujah” banner to hang in your home as you celebrate Easter this year.
STAINED GLASS WINDOW CROSSES
Tissue paper in a variety of colours
2 equal sized sheets of wax paper
cross template (there is one attached below…or just draw your own)
1. Tear the tissue paper into small pieces.
2. Take a large sheet of wax paper and cover it with white glue, using a popsicle stick or paint brush.
3. Piece by piece, place the small pieces of tissue paper on the glued wax paper until all of the glue is covered.
4. Spread glue on the second piece of wax paper and place it over the one with the tissue paper, glue side down.
5. Press both sheets together and smooth out any wrinkles. If possible, place something heavy on top of it so it dries flat.
6. When dry, cut out cross shapes using the template and hang in a bright, sunny window. You can also cut out a border for your cross using coloured paper or cardboard if you like.
NO MESS EASTER EGGS
White Eggs (Hard boiled or blown eggs are best)
5-6 small zip lock baggies or small deep bowls
Dry, uncooked white rice
EASY PAPER DAFFODILS
Use your favourite cupcake recipe or try the one below. Then try out some of the fun decorating ideas on the
attached video! Happy baking!
2 1/2 cups (325g) all purpose flour
2 cups (414g) sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup (240ml) milk
1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup (240ml) water
1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixer bowl and combine. Set aside.
3. Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
5. Slowly add the water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined. Please note that the batter will be very thin.
6. Fill the cupcake liners about half way and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
7. Remove the cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.