Parents you have often heard me say that you the most important influence in passing down the faith to your children. The church is only part of the big picture as we are in partnership with you, aiding and encouraging you with ways in which to engage in faith conversations that are fun, meaningful, and faith building for your entire family.
It’s easy to share the joys of the Advent and Christmas season together. It’s a happy time as we prepare and then celebrate the birth of our Savior. But the season of Lent is a somber time. It can be difficult to talk to children about death. Your desire as parents is to protect your children from events that took place on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. However the reality is that we cannot bring them fully to the joy of Easter by excluding them. There are many things of this world that we should shield our children from, the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior is not one of them!
Let the last few weeks of Lent be a true season of change and growth for your family. Be willing to spend time talking with your child about Easter…..not just the fun parts like Easter Bunnies, jelly beans and colorful eggs but about the real meaning of Easter…Jesus’ triumph over sin and death that gives each of us the gift of God’s forgiveness, mercy, grace and eternal life.
Use the weekly Taking Faith Home as a conversation starter. (available where you pick up your worship folder). At the dinner table ask where you saw a God Sighting that day or how God used you to help others. Pray with and for your child each day, blessing them by marking the sign of the cross on their forehead and saying, “You are baptized and you belong to Jesus.”
I’ve included this recipe many times in the Messenger but it’s a fun as well as delicious way to tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Resurrection Buns (This is one of my favorites to make with kids)
- Jumbo sized Refrigerator Biscuits- 1 roll [represents the linen cloth Jesus’ body was wrapped in as well as the tomb]
- Large Marshmallows-1 per biscuit [represents Jesus’ body]
- Melted butter
- Sugar & Cinnamon mixture – I am not exactly sure on the amounts of butter and cinnamon/sugar, just enough to roll the marshmallows in. [represent the spices used to anoint Jesus’ body]
- Flatten each biscuit with your hand.
- Dip the marshmallow in butter and then in the sugar & cinnamon mixture.
- Place the marshmallow on the flattened biscuit.
- Wrap one flattened biscuit around 1 marshmallow, pinching the ends together to seal.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper and bake as directed on the refrigerator biscuit package.
- Allow bun to cool slightly before eating. Take a bite or cut in half.
Where’s the marshmallow?
Express Easter joy – Alleluia!
Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!