Explore the story, symbols, and spirit of Easter in The Easter Garden. Begin with a large group Lenten worship before dividing into age-level groups where children create symbolic gifts to give away to those who may need encouragement. Everyone also prepares to be part of the presentation of the Easter Story. Featured symbols include: palm tree (Palm Sunday), grape arbor (Last Supper), stream (washing of feet), rooster (Peter's denial), rock (prayer in the garden), cross (crucifixion), lily, and a butterfly (Easter).
The Easter Garden
is a special place to explore the story and the symbols of Holy Week. Time in The Easter Garden
is spent exploring the Bible, making symbols of Lent as special gifts, and preparing for a presentation of the story of the Easter. While in the shop, children of all ages will begin with large group Lenten worship, divide into age-level groupings that will explore one important section of the garden, serve others by creating gifts for those whose hearts and lives may need special attention, and prepare to be part of the presentation of the Easter story.
Includes an intergenerational worship with the presentation of the Easter story and suggestions for making The Easter Garden
a one-day event. Featured symbols: palm tree (palm Sunday), grape arbor (Last Supper), stream (washing of feet), rooster (Peters denial), rock (prayer in the garden), cross (crucifixion), lily, and a butterfly (Easter).
Marcia Stoner is a retired editor of children's Sunday school resources and writer of children's books. She has taught English as a second language both in Japan and in the U.S. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee.
Daphna Flegal is a diaconal minister in The United Methodist Church. She is a certified laboratory leader in the area of young children and has worked with preschool children for more than 20 years. Daphna is currently the lead editor for children's curriculum. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.