Sunday: 8:30 am Traditional Service & 11:00 am Praise & Worship Service. LIFE Groups 9:45 am

He has risen! Luke 16:6

Easter is coming! Such a fun time for everyone. There are Easter eggs to hunt and cute bunnies to cuddle, sparkly pastel bunny ear headbands and adorable Easter outfits to wear.  And oh, sooooo much candy! What’s not to love about Easter?

But, when I go to Walmart and look around at all the Easter decorations and fun stuff, I don’t see much evidence of the actual reason for the season – the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!

So … here are a couple of ideas for you to make sure that the real meaning of Easter is the focus of your family’s celebration.

The first suggestion is really easy – go to church! And take the kids to Life Group! Here at FBC the leaders in the Children’s classes have some very special lessons, learning activities and Easter gifts for each child during Life Group classes this Sunday. The kids will learn the reason that Easter is such a joyous time for us all – and have fun while learning!  Life Group classes are from 9:45 – 10:45 for all ages, babies on up!

Next. here’s a recipe for a breakfast treat that teaches about the empty tomb! It’s called Resurrection Rolls.  Make this with your kids.

You need:
1 can of 8 crescent rolls
8 marshmallows
a bowl with melted butter
a bowl with mixed cinnamon and sugar

Preheat your oven to 350. Gather the kids, sit down and open your Bible to any of the four Gospels (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 or John 20). Read (or tell) the story of the resurrection.

Guide the kids to roll a marshmallow in the melted butter and then in the cinnamon sugar mixture. As they work, remind them that the Bible tells about Jesus’ body was prepared for burial with oils and spices.

Open the crescent roll dough and help the kids wrap the marshmallows in the dough, pinching the edges so that the marshmallow is completely enclosed in the dough. Talk about the way that Jesus body was wrapped in cloth.

Place the rolls in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. As the rolls bake, remind the kids that Jesus’ body was in a dark tomb and the door was sealed, just like the oven is dark and the door is closed tightly.

When the rolls are ready, allow them to cool a bit and then guide the kids in breaking them open. They may be surprised to find that the marshmallow is gone. Use this time of wonder to talk together about how surprised Jesus’ friends were when they found that His body was not in the tomb. Explain that we celebrate at Easter time because Jesus is alive!

Have fun celebrating Easter with your family. I can’t wait to see you and the kids at church this Sunday!

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