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When will you have the party? Easter Sunday after church is not a practical time. But you could have the party during church on Easter. Or you could have the party after church on Palm Sunday. The Saturday before Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday are good times to have it as well.
What type of party will you have?
Easter Egg Hunts: These are very popular, but they have drawbacks. You need to have church property large enough to hide the eggs to make if fun. If you don’t, look for a park or a parent’s yard where you can hide eggs. Don’t use real eggs. Buy the plastic eggs from the dollar store and stuff them with candy or toys you can buy in bulk. Or you can put tickets in the eggs the children can use to purchase prizes. That way, each child gets prizes. You’ll also want grand prizes you can give away to children who collect the most eggs. Easter baskets work good for this. In some areas of the country, snow and rain are problems at this time of year. If that’s the case, make sure to schedule a rain date.
Easter Carnival: A carnival can work well even indoors. Call your local carnival rental place and see if they’ll donate the games for the carnival. Some places will if the games aren’t being used. Also if you have a carpenter in your church, consider having him make some games you can use. You can give out tickets, candy, or prizes for each game won.
Fun Sunday: If you have the party during or after church on a Sunday, consider having pizza, pop, and treats for the children. You could also show an Easter movie in the sanctuary on the “big screen” like in a movie theater. You could have gospel illusions, games, crafts, and other activities.
How Will You Present The Message: An Easter party is a prime opportunity to present the message of salvation to children. Think of a gospel illusion, story, or object lesson you can use for a short 5 minute message.
Get Donations: Contact pizza places, bowling alleys, skating rinks, and fast food restaurants to see if they’d be willing to donate free gift certificates to their establishments that you can give as door prizes. Most businesses are willing to do this.
Plan Ahead: Get the workers you need. Decide how you’ll spread the word. Find people to set up and do follow-up. The better you plan ahead, the better this party will go.
Pray: This is a great opportunity to reach unchurched children. Pray for God to move during this party.
Lent is what the forty days leading up to Easter. Lent this year is March 1st, so this Sunday will be the Sunday before Lent.
Because Easter or Resurrection Day is the holiest holiday in the Christian faith, many churches and Christians use Lent as a time dedicated to growing closer to God. Many fast or sacrifice something for Lent. Although most churches frown on children fasting for any length of time, Lent is a good opportunity to teach children about dedicating this time to focus on their relationship with God. They can also do limited fasting or sacrifice something to encourage them to deny their flesh.
All verses are in New International Readers Version. Here’s some idea for celebrating Lent:
Pretzel Sunday: The Sunday before Lent is called Pretzel Sunday. It’s called that because pretzel were made in Europe many years ago to eat during Lent. The people would fast other foods and only eat bread shaped in the form of someone bowing. To find out more about Pretzel Sunday and the story of the pretzel, click here.
Fasting: Talk to the children about fasting. They may be too young for an extended fast, but they can fast a meal once a week, or they could fast one of their favorite treats such as soda or sweets.
Matthew 6:16-18 When you go without eating, do not look gloomy like those who only pretend to be holy. They make their faces very sad. They want to show people they are fasting. What I’m about to tell you is true. They have received their complete reward. But when you go without eating, put olive oil on your head. Wash your face. Then others will not know that you are fasting. Only your Father, who can’t be seen, will know it. He will reward you. Your Father sees what is done secretly.
Sacrifice: Children don’t have to sacrifice food for Lent. They can sacrifice other things in devotion to God. They might want to give up video games or television. This might be a great time for them to decide not to listen to secular music.
Romans 12:1-2 Brothers and sisters, God has shown you his mercy. So I am asking you to offer up your bodies to him while you are still alive. Your bodies are a holy sacrifice that is pleasing to God. When you offer your bodies to God, you are worshiping him. Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.
Devotion: Lent is a wonderful time to teach children to devote themselves to God. Talk to them about what to do with the time they would normally use to eat their favorite sweet or play the video game they decided to forego. This is the time they should spend devoting themselves to God with prayer, Bible reading, and worship.
Colossians 4:2 Spend a lot of time in prayer. Always be watchful and thankful.
Here’s some links with more children’s ministry resources for Lent:
Decorations: Decorations are easy for a Saint Patrick’s Day party. Think green. Cut out construction paper shamrocks and hang them up. Some other ideas are to make rainbows out of balloons or streamers and to hang up a map of Ireland. Make sure you wear green.
Games: There are a number of group games you can play with a Saint Patrick’s Day theme. Here are a few you can find online.
20 Party Games for St. Patty’s Day The Shamrock Scramble is my favorite.
Crafts: There are many crafts you can have your students make that include Saint Patrick’s Day themes. Here are a few.
Science Experiment: Catch a Rainbow
St. Patrick Day Story: It is a great idea to tell the story of Patrick and how he shared the Gospel in Ireland.
Snack: The best snack to have for St. Patrick’s Day are St. Patty’s Day cookies or cupcakes with green punch or kool aid.
Lessons: There are many themes you can use for teaching about St. Patrick. Here are some.
Trinity: Patrick used a shamrock to illustrate the trinity.
Missionaries: Patrick left England to share the Gospel with Ireland.
God will Protect Us: Patrick was taken as a slave to Ireland, but God was with him and helped him escape.
Love Your Enemies: Patrick was taken into slavery and kept captive in Ireland, yet he forgave the Irish people and spent his life helping them.
Listen to God’s Voice: Patrick listened to God and escaped Ireland. Then he listened to God and went back to Ireland.
Get Rid of the Snakes: Patrick was reported to get rid of the snakes in Ireland. He didn’t really, but he did get rid of paganism by sharing the Gospel. God can help us get rid of the snakes (sin) in our lives.
Free Curriculum: You can get these St. Patrick’s Day curriculums free online.
Party Plan: If you still need ideas this party download is only $9.99. Disclaimer – I have not bought it or reviewed it.