It’s always seemed bizarre to me that we celebrate Christmas more than Easter, when the entire Christian faith is based upon the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So I’ve come up with a few ways we can show our appreciation for what was sacrificed for us.
Go to church
What better way to celebrate this Easter than heading to church? Worship the Lord with your friends and family and spend some time revelling in his presence.
Wash someone’s feet
A powerful moment in the gospel is when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples at Passover, he behaves in a serving manner, something we should all strive to do. So why not wash the congregation’s feet after a service, or your family’s after dinner? It may seem odd to us, but what better way to express your desire to live like Jesus?
‘3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.’ (John 13:3-5)
The first communion took place the night Jesus was arrested, how connecting it is then when we perform the same act 2000 years later; imitating the disciples and sharing in their final meal.
‘19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying,“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”’ (Luke 22:19-20)
Have some local eggs for breakfast
Have you got a local farm shop or farmer’s market? Take another step to reduce your carbon footprint and buy your eggs as locally, or organic, as you can. Serve them up for breakfast with some homemade bread and Fairtrade orange juice.
Invite a stranger to lunch
A lot of people find themselves alone over the holidays so this year invite them to join your Easter meal. It could be a neighbour, someone from your church, or someone you’ve never met. Jesus often shared his wisdom and love over a meal, and not just with his friends, but complete strangers and outcasts of society. We should endeavour to do the same and extend a hand of hospitality.
Have a veggie lunch
We need to care for this world that has been provided for us. By cutting down on our meat consumption which reduces our carbon emissions and taking care of the environment around us, we are celebrating God’s creation and wonders. So why not give the lamb a miss this year, try out a recipe with a smaller carbon footprint? Mary Berry has great little nut roast recipe to follow, filled with veggies and nuts, it’s already got our stomachs rumbling.
Buy a Fairtrade Easter egg
We don’t need to tell you how important Fairtrade is, providing families with a sustainable income, and protecting them from human trafficking. So make sure that all the chocolate you buy this year has the Fairtrade stamp of approval; with Dairy Milk, Divine, Maltesers, and more, you’re spoilt for choice – just don’t ruin your appetite for that nut roast later!
Make an Easter Garden
A great activity to do with the younger generation – gather up brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews and make your own Easter garden; grab a tray or dish and fill it with soil, moss, stones, and anything else you can think of. Then place a cross, or crosses, on a little mound recreating Golgotha the night Jesus died. It looks great with a few flowers dotted around, and if you fancy a challenge you can build in the tomb where he was buried – with a stone rolled away.
Send a card to an old friend
Times of celebration often make us feel nostalgic, for ‘the good old days’ and for the friends that can’t be with us. This year send a card to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. Reconnect and let them know you are thinking of them this Easter.
Become a Guerilla Gardener
We’re often reminded of new life at Easter, the lambs are being born, the chicks are hatching, and there are flowers everywhere. Let’s pick up the trend and start gardening anywhere we can. Let’s fill up the grey spaces with colour and creation, celebrating all that’s beautiful in the world.
However you celebrate this Easter, we hope that you take a moment to appreciate the reasons behind it – as amazing as your stack of chocolate may be, it’s just a small part of something truly magnificent.