When it comes to Easter, there is no better time to connect everyone in the church with the story and message. Here’s the provision of three service outlines, interactive (but not with craft!) and engaging. They offer everyone a chance to consider deeply their personal response to Jesus death and resurrection. But not in the usual way.
WEEK ONE: Explore the stories of Simon, the former leper, and Simon, of Cyrene
WEEK TWO: Explore the story of the Marys rushing to the tomb
WEEK THREE: Get out in your community as a church and come back together to share kai and stories, prayer and praise
Maybe week three startles you a little. That’s okay because you can use week one and two as a series, and save week three for another day.Select a narrator and people who will speak on behalf of the two Simons and the two Marys. Gather people in groups to explore aspects of the story they might have never considered. Engage tamariki in meaningful activities alongside the grown-ups. Send whānau and households home with additional questions to explore. Print off and hand to whānau with primary-aged tamariki questions they can ask each other in the to and/or from school journey.