Children & Youth Easter Activities
Read below for all the details on what’s happening at Holy Cross for Easter 2021!
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Share the Easter Story in Church…
All submissions due March 10th!
- Submit either a video* or an audio-only recording of your child(ren) reading one or more verses from the Easter Gospel text as it is written below,
- Create a visual depiction of some part of the Easter story: draw pictures of Jesus, the disciples, Mary Magdalene or other characters, fashion a cross from some sticks or build the empty tomb out of Play-Doh…anything works, as long as it’s made by a child & represents a part of the Bible narrative. Get creative!
*By submitting a video recording, you are giving consent to have your child/family appear in the final product of the video that will be shown in worship services, and may be distributed online through our church streaming services and social media. If you do not wish to appear in the final video, please submit an audio-only recording instead.
Tips for Recording:
- Please make sure your audio is as clear as possible – try to record in a quiet place indoors with as little background noise as possible (e.g., loud fans, barking dogs, etc.)
- If you are recording a video, please record in landscape mode (horizontally) in a well lit space. Make sure you are close enough to the person speaking that the audio is clear and at a decent volume.
- Help your child try to speak slowly and enunciate as best as possible. If there are tricky words they might struggle to pronounce, practice reading through the verses with them a few times before you record. You could even read a line and have them repeat it after you, and we will edit out you speaking after you submit it!
Please share your recordings with Pastor Meyer (email@example.com) through Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. If you are unsure how to do this, click the links below for help!
- How to Share Files using Dropbox
- How to Upload Files on Google Drive and How to Share Them
- How to Share Files with OneDrive (Microsoft)
If you are having trouble sending your video contact us and we will give you further instructions.
Why are we doing this?
- The primary goal of our children’s Easter programs has always been to provide an opportunity for our kids to learn to tell the story, and to have this most precious part of our community front and center, telling the most important truth. Though our presentation format may look a little different this year, the message of hope brought to earth through our Savior’s death and resurrection remains the same.
Who is eligible to send in recordings?
- All children and youth, preschool through college-age.
How much of the passage should they read?
- You can have your child read through the whole thing, or just part of it, if they’d prefer. We ask that you try to do at least one full sentence at the minimum.
If I have more than one child, should they read the verses together (in unison)?
- No, please record each child reading separately. They can both read the same passage, or even alternate verses back and forth — just not speaking at the same time. You can submit the recordings together or separately.
What to Read: The Gospel Story
- “Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.
- So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
- So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.
- Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.
- Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.
- Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
- Then the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.
- They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
- She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
- Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
- Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”
- Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
- She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).
- Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
- Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
- Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.“