Continuing the Celebration of Easter

posted Apr 10, 2013, 6:09 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Apr 10, 2013, 10:33 AM by in apropos ]
There is a Godly Play story called The mystery of Easter.  In it, the story teller assembles purple puzzle pieces into a cross, while talking about Lent, Holy Week, and Jesus' death on the cross.  But then the pieces are all turned over - and the cross is now white.  The teacher says:
     Jesus died on the cross, but somehow he is still with us. That is why Easter is wonderful.  
     Lent is sad, but Easter is pure celebration.  Easter turns everything inside out and upside down.  
     The color of getting ready [for the mystery of Easter] becomes the color of pure celebration. 
     The sad seriousness and happiness join together to make joy. But look! 
     You can't keep Easter as just one Sunday!  It goes on for one, two, three, four, five, six weeks,
     all the way to Pentecost."
This year school vacation happens right after Easter, so it might be easy to forget that we are still in the season of Easter.  There will be One-Room Church School on both vacation Sundays, but I also want  to offer some suggestions for living in Easter as you visit somewhere warm, exciting, or restful during vacation.
  • Consider going to church wherever you are.  I love visiting Episcopal churches around the world. It's exciting to see what is different and what is familiar, and with just about all churches having a Website these days, you can check everything, from the time of the service to the preacher of the sermon, online.
  • I will send copies of The Sunday Paper for April 14 and 21 to all parents by email, and there will be copies of both issues at the back of the church this Sunday for you to take.  Consider spending time reading the story, and discussing it with your child - there are notes for parents on the back that you can use.  Also, the second inner page often has an open-ended activity so that children can express their own ideas; for example, this week there is a drawing of a priest offering the bread and you are asked to " draw lots of people coming to communion.  What are they thinking?  what expressions are on their face?"  Ask your child to talk to you about their ideas with complete acceptance, and then share what your answer would be. 
Look for evidence of resurrection in the world around you; budding flowers, baby animals and birds, the tides, the sun that rises each morning.  If you know the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful, teach it to your children. 
Take time at the end of each day to give thanks for all that has happened.
May your vacation week be blessed, whether you are at home or far away!

Fiona Vidal-White