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This book explores what the Easter message can mean to children as they grow up. The author helps congregations and families share the Easter message with their children and include the children meaningfully in Lent, Holy Week and Easter observances. Included are materials for children from birth (in the church nursery) to age 12. Also included are reproducible pages to create a booklet for parents.
The first section of the book describes the particular parts of the Easter faith that are important to children at different ages and comments on the biblical Easter texts from a child's point of view. The second part of the book works through the Lenten season, describing ways congregations can include children and providing program and worship plans, including:
Lenten disciplines for children and their families
Celebrating Palm Sunday or looking ahead on Passion Sunday
Maundy Thursday: Recalling the Last Supper
Keeping Good Friday
The church-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Sunday Morning
Another part of the book offers help to leaders who want to share the content with teachers, parents, or committees. Also included is a comprehensive list of related resources.
This carefully researched and well-grounded, practical resource from a highly regarded Christian educator will strengthen your educational ministry with children and support parents as they shape the faith of their children.