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Family Easter Story Cookies

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Easter Story Cookies (To be made the night before Easter)

Items Needed:

  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zipper baggie
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tape
  • Bible
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F
  2. Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3
  3. Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30
  4. Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11
  5. Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27
  6. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
  7. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
  8. Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.

Read Matthew 27:57-60

  1. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close door and Turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed.

Read Matthew 27:65-66

  1. Time for bed! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.

Read John 16:20 and 22

  1. On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9

For other great Easter Ideas go to www.childrensministry.com

Seasons Change, We Change

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Ah, Spring is such an interesting season. It’s like the weather is too afraid to commit to summer, but wants to let go of the winter. This inconsistency leads to a tumultuous season of rain and sunshine, which I see this a lot in my own life this time of the year. As a student, I have seen a lot of changes and I am entering into another season of change as I finish my senior year. From an change of friend groups to financial situations and family, just to name a few, the challenge ahead of me is not an easy one. Change is an inevitable part of life and depending on our approach to it, we can either persevere or we can become quickly overwhelmed.

Through my past and currently, I’ve found through my journey in faith that having an anchor in Christ through change is vital to keeping a kingdom perspective on my situation. A verse I continually fall back onto is Isaiah 43:19 and it says, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Such a powerful verse! I love that God’s character does not change, but consistently brings peace and restoration through change. God provides so much for us and He knows the path laid out in front of you, even when we don’t! Even when the pathway seems difficult and the odds are stacked against you, keep following God. He has already begun something new and He will navigate you through this season.

I encourage you to keep this perspective through whatever change you are going through this Easter season. If you need help walking through changes in your life, we would love to be part of your journey and schedule a counseling appointment with you at www.east91st.org or by calling 317-598-1580.

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