Here are a couple of videos about the Easter story you might like to watch today.
In today's part of the Easter story, we remember how Jesus died for us.
When Jesus died, Jesus's friends were so sad, they cried and cried. But God had a wonderful surprise. On Easter Sunday, we will celebrate that Jesus was alive again! His friends were very, very surprised, and happy! Check back here on Sunday to find out more about it, and we'll celebrate together. In the meantime, why not try one of the activities below?
Let us pray:
Loving God, we know that You care deeply for every person in Your world. We are so glad that You offer a promise of life to everyone. Help us to share in bringing this good news, and Your awesome love to people in practical ways. Amen.
The cross is a symbol that reminds us of the sadness of Jesus’ death. The empty cross is a reminder that Jesus was and is no longer dead.
You might like to make a palm cross, from flax (or if you don't have any flax, you could use cardboard). How to make a palm cross.
Or you could try a rose paper cross or fingerprint cross, like these ones below:
If you are lucky enough to have some hot cross buns at home, this is the perfect time to eat them! I love mine heated with butter melting through them... delicious! If you don't have any, you could try making some! If you don't have yeast (which you need for hot cross buns), you could make something else with that lovely spicy cinnamon flavour instead - how about French toast?
Why is such a sad day called Good Friday?
It is primarily an English term. In Germany the day is known as Karfreitag or “Mourning Friday”. It is suggested that “good” is a corruption of “God” as in “God’s Friday”. Goodbye is said to have evolved from “God be with you”. Others speculate that “good” was used to denote “holy”. Others believe that calling such a dark day “good” reflects the hope of the resurrection that would not have been possible without Jesus’ death.