UPDATE: 2015 Journey to Easter details are now posted here, too, (including a blank 2015 passport for you to fill in). Check out this year’s HERE
Lent is my favorite part of the church year. For some reason, the idea of stripping things down, reflecting on life, finding ways to reconnect with self, others, Spirit, is something I look forward to every year. It’s like spring cleaning for the soul.
As a children’s pastor, I want to help children and their families experience Lent and Easter in meaningful ways every year. This year, especially, we are really being very intentional about engaging families from Fat Tuesday’s Pancake Supper to a “What Next” dinner on the Sunday AFTER Easter.
The first part of this blog series on Lent and Easter with Children’s Ministries is to introduce to you our Journey to Easter Passports. Inspired by this blog with passports used for just holy week
, with KidCentral, we’ll be using them during the entire Lenten season.
Beginning with our Fat Tuesday Pancake Breakfast this coming Tuesday and running through the Lenten Season, including Ash Wednesday, Sunday mornings, weekly at-home activities, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Sunday, children will earn “passport stickers” for various KidCentral activities. I’ve added links to the PDFs of both the cover and inside pages. The inside pages need to be printed back to back and then cut in half and folded into a booklet.
On April 27, the Sunday after Easter, all of the children and their families will head to a local restaurant for a “Passport Celebration” Party. We’ll recognize children for earning various numbers of stickers in their passports (and yes, everyone will earn some type of recognition.)
I am hoping that this experience will help boost attendance and create some momentum as we head into summer, but more importantly, we are doing this because it’s important. It’s important that our children begin to understand at a young age what Easter means—sure, the Easter eggs and bunnies are fun and good, but more importantly, I want children to be able to tell others about the events of holy week.
So, here we go….we’ve created an app through YAPP
so that parents can keep up with the events, we can share photos, and kids can upload answers to weekly at-home activities (to earn another passport sticker). I felt pretty techie-awesome when I put the app together…but seriously, it took about 15 minutes to make and it was free!
Read the whole series: