1st Sunday in Easter
Easter is not one day, it is an entire seven week season. During Easter we hear the stories of how Jesus appeared to his friends after his Resurrection. The last week in Easter is when we celebrate Jesus’ Ascension into heaven.
Read Mark 16:1-8 together. Use clay to make a tomb and some figures. Act out the story and imagine you are one of the women. Why do you think they were scared? How did they eventually tell everyone about Jesus? What did they say?
If you don’t have clay at home, here is an easy recipe: Mix 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. oil, 1/2 cup salt, 1 Tbsp. cream of tartar and food colouring in a sauce pan and heat until it is warm. Take off the stove and add 1 cup of flour. Stir then kneed until it is smooth. Keep in an airtight container. (This dough won’t get hard, so don’t leave it out to get yucky.)
It’s fun to eat chocolate eggs on Easter, but did you know that real eggs were shared as a symbol of Easter and Resurrection between Christians in the earliest church? The story goes that Mary Magdalene was trying to explain Jesus rising from the dead to the Emperor using an egg. She said just like a chick breaks out of an egg into new life, that’s how Jesus broke free of death to live a new life.
The Emperor didn’t believe her and said Jesus had as much chance coming back from the dead as her egg did turning red. Instantly her egg turned red and the Emperor changed his mind about what Mary said.
If you look at older icons of Mary Magdalene, she is holding a red egg.
This started the tradition of painted eggs for Easter.
Paint or draw on boiled eggs and see what designed you can create.