The Word for April 20: Risen

Risen-3-graphics-flascreen-fullHappy Easter! The word for this week is RISEN! You are invited to join us as we worship and celebrate the risen Christ. Our sunrise service takes place at 7 am outside by our columbarium. People come casual to this service. Later in the morning our 8:45 and 11:00 sanctuary and Celebrate services will include some glorious Easter music. There is no Sunday School for children, but do bring some fresh flowers to add to the cross! Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.

During worship

  • The word today, Risen, starts with an R. So does Resurrection! So does Roll (away the stone!) How many words starting with R can you find in your worship bulletin? Circle them! If the word is RISEN, circle it twice!
  • Check in the worship bags for a Worship Word sheet for your child. Fill in the worship word at the top (Risen) and add the date and your child’s name. Below is space for your child to draw something he or she hears today in the sermon, in the music, or in a prayer.
  • Below the drawing space, your child is invited to make tally marks every time they hear the word “risen.” tally marks
  • On the back is a blank page for your child to make some worship art. Encourage them to draw something related to worship as a gift to God. I would love to see what they create, if they want to share!


Before or after worship…..

  • Join us on Good Friday between 10 am and 8 pm to walk Good Friday Prayersthrough our Family Prayer Stations in the Parlor. These are interactive stations to see and read and remember what happened to Jesus during Holy Week. They will help get the whole family ready for Easter.
  • Read the Easter story in a children’s Bible. Start a few stories back, so your child can hear the WHOLE story. Easter is powerful only when the message of resurrection is preceded by the message of the cross.
  • Plant an Easter garden with your child, and enjoy it for the weeks after Easter.  Here’s mine. Can’t wait to show children in the sanctuary tomorrow!

Resurrection Garden


Instructions and beautiful pictures of another version are here.

Easter Garden

  • View an animated version of the Easter story.
  • Finally, check out our website, and our Facebook page to learn about all our spring activities for Children and Families here. Start here.


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