I remember as a child going to the church Easter Egg hunt and my mom, the Director of Children’s Ministries at the time, told the Easter story with L’eggs Eggs. My kids have no idea what those were, but you may remember the large 2-part plastic eggs that pantyhose came in back then. Each egg revealed a symbol about the Easter story. Over the years my mom has adapted her set and upgraded to bigger, more durable plastic eggs.
Now it’s my turn. I know there are “resurrection eggs” for sale, but these are the symbols I want represented. I’ve created my own set. I found these big eggs (about 6″ in length) at Walmart and filled them with symbols of the story. Now I’ve got my basket ready to tell the story with the kids who come to St. Andrews on Saturday.
The first five eggs tell the story up to Easter. The last seven are all about the resurrection. I may switch it up next time with some more Holy Week symbols (silver pieces, fragrance bottle, rooster).
- Palm- Represents when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday and people waved palm branches, welcoming him. Hosanna! [Luke 19:28-40]
- Towel– Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. He tells them to do what he has done and to love others as he loves them. [John 13:1-17, 31b-35]
- Bread & Chalice- last supper [Matthew 26:26-29]
- Cross [John 19]
- Stone [Matthew 27:57-61]
- Empty [Matthew 28:1-10] (the golden egg)
- Butterfly- You can also see the puppet I made in seminary. It’s a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly.
- Doll clothes- Symbolizes new life offered through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
- Bunny with Paper Doll Strip of Babies The rabbit was a symbol of abundant new life in ancient times, and reminds us of Spring and new life.
- Alleluia Banner
We’ll also sing songs like “Allelu, allelu!”, “Ho-ho-ho-hosanna!”, and some piggyback tunes. There will be crafts and lots of fun.
We usually end up with a good number of kids from the community, our weekday school, and grandchildren in addition to our regulars. My hope is that this will be a fun way to add the story into an event and to add meaning to symbols of the season that they will recognize.