String Easter Egg Craft

String Easter Egg Craft

With Easter approaching this is a creative craft for children of all ages. Inflate an oval balloon or a water balloon. You can blow it up to just about the size of an egg or make it as large as desired. Cut cotton yarn, crochet thread or embroidery floss into 12 to 24-inch long strands. You can go with 1 color or use several colors of thread. Mix together some white glue diluted slightly with water (about 3 parts glue to 1 part water, or add just enough water to achieve a workable consistency) Soak several strands of yarn or thread into the paste. Take one strand, pulling it between your thumb and forefinger to remove excess paste. Wrap the wet thread around the balloon Continue doing Steps 5 and 6 with the rest of the strands of thread. Wrap them in various directions to create crisscrossing patterns around the balloon. You can wrap the balloon with as much thread as you like for a more covered or solid look or use less thread for an egg with lots of open spaces. Hang up the egg to dry. It will take about 1 to 2 days to dry completely. Once dry, use a pin to burst the balloon. Carefully pull out the deflated balloon from the egg. These colorful String Easter eggs will look great inside a basket or large bowl. For an extra decorative touch fill them with...

Easter Jelly Bean Poem

Another really pretty Easter craft – ideal if you’re looking for a quick activity this weekend. All you need is some jelly beans, sandwich bags, some ribbon, and card to print the template on. Template...
Easter Story Egg Hunt

Easter Story Egg Hunt

Each year on Easter Sunday our children and young people have an Easter egg hunt around the groups of the church. This year we added in some plastic eggs to help us tell the story of Jesus. They were numbered and contained small fragments of the story.   EGG #1: A little donkey – Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Some people were happy to see him and they waved palm leaves. Some people were not so happy they thought he was too popular.   EGG #2: Bread – Jesus and his 12 friends (disciples) sat down to eat together.   EGG #3: Flowers (to represent the garden of Gesethame) – After supper, Jesus and his 12 friends went into the garden to pray.   EGG #4: 5p pieces (to represent the pieces of silver) – One of Jesus friends betrayed him. The soldiers paid him money to show them which of his friends was Jesus.   EGG #5: Sword or a Spear (for example from a Lego or Playmobil set) – The soldiers came into the garden and grabbed Jesus. His friends were scared and tried to protect him but the soldiers took him away. EGG #6: A Spikey Twig (or use a bramble leaf, something spikey) – The people who didn’t like Jesus teased him for saying he was the Son of God. They made him wear a pretend crown made of thorns so it would hurt his head. Then they decided he should be killed.   EGG #7: Wooden Cross (use a crucifix or make one out of twigs or lolly sticks) – The soldiers made Jesus carry a heavy wooden cross...
Easter Session: Art and Different Perspectives

Easter Session: Art and Different Perspectives

Examine the following pieces of art and discuss the questions Avril Paton – Windows in the West Questions What’s the first thing you notice? Where and when is the scene set? Is it a realistic scene? From whose perspective are you looking? What might the people looking out the window see?   Salvador Dali – Jesus on the Cross Questions What is the first thing you notice? Is it a realistic scene? What do you think the artist is trying to say? Where is the scene at the bottom of the painting? When we look at a piece of artwork we bring a lot of our own ideas to it. A person from Glasgow will view Windows in the West very differently to someone from America. Similarly the author will put their own impression on their art, just like Dali including his own town in the bottom of the picture of Jesus on the cross. Bible: Perspectives and Viewpoints Look at different accounts of the Easter story and find the differences between the different accounts. Matthew 27: 32- Matthew 28: 10 Mark 15: 21 – Mark 16:8 Luke 23:26 – Luke 24: 6 John 19:16 – John 20:10 Questions Did Jesus carry his own cross? What time did the crucifixion take place? What was the last thing Jesus said? Who went to the tomb? Do all accounts mention darkness? Who appeared at the Tomb? Do the accounts contradict each other? What are the contradictions? Why are they different? Are the authors of each of the accounts attempting to do different things? Activity Rewrite the events of Easter imagining you...
Easter Reflection

Easter Reflection

I’ve never got round to watching Game of Thrones but I’ve seen this image countless times. It’s striking and attention grabbing but I’ve never really looked at in much detail. In the reflection of the crown you can see a battle being fought. The crown is now in new hands; hands more familiar with toil and hard graft. The hands not of a wealthy and powerful king, but if the scars and dirt behind the nails are anything to go by the hands of an ordinary worker. The poster shows the end of one regime and the beginning of another. The crown being held aloft in victory. But this new found symbolic power is being held tightly. The pursuit of power involves much violence and spilled blood. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ but perhaps with great power comes great opposition. Perhaps the former king mistreated his subjects and the people rebelled. They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. But the Easter story reveals a different approach to power. Looking more closely at it the crown resembles the crown of thorns won by Jesus. Jesus who turns everything on its head; a ‘king’ who rides into town on a donkey rather than a stallion, a rabbi who washes his disciples feet and a saviour who embraces the vulnerability of the cross. A king who doesn’t grip onto power and privilege but who embraces sacrifice with outstretched...