How do you make Easter meaningful for teens? This was the first thought I had when I saw the crew prompt Easter Traditions. It’s easy when children are little to do resurrection rolls, dioramas, Easter Eggs, and various other Easter themed crafts. But teens are generally a bit beyond that aren’t they? Yet, Easter… making it mean something with our teens matters! I’m not going to say I have all the answers, but I make some suggestions!
I’ll suggest acts of service, times of learning, and ways to celebrate.
Acts of Service
Teens by the vary nature of their creativity, energy levels, need for good mentors and to be good mentors, and their life experiences make them excellent candidates to be helpful at Easter.
From preparing Easter Egg hunts for the littles in the neighbourhood or in your own family. They could take charge of colouring eggs, hiding eggs, and coming up with innovative ideas for making an egg hunt Christ-centric.
A lot of churches that I know of have Easter morning breakfasts! Teens can help in the kitchen flipping pancakes, scrambling eggs, setting up tables, and helping with clean-up.
Times of Learning
Helping teens really understand the significance of Easter can be achieved through good services at your local church, unit studies such as this one, and even Devotionals. The Review Crew recently looked at Easter Escape Room which might be just the ticket for your teen and their friends.
Label sin on stone and bury it. I know… this is a bit odd and I learned about it from a gal on the crew. Our hope in Christ enables us to be free from the burden of sin. So write a sin on a stone, and bury it in the ground, symbolic eh?
Making Easter Baskets, Easter kits or various Easter-related items and selling them. Finding out what meets the market, deciding if they will be faith-based or more secular. It’s a way for them to learn entrepreneurial skills!
Ways to Celebrate
Have some fun of their own! Send them on a hunt around town following clues! They can run it on their own, compete with friends, or make it a cooperative venture. If you were good at doing this sort of thing you could even make cryptic biblical clues. Flummox them! 🙂 You’ll find other ideas here.
Treats to share with others. Easter baskets for shut-ins, cookies for staff at nursing homes or the hospital, colouring pages for littles, and maybe even making a skit to put on for parents! A time of fun. laughter, remembrance and celebration!
Planning Easter dinner. Some teens will be up to this solo, others… will need some help. Yet others just want to be responsible for a part of dinner or even not at all! They might even prefer not to make the meal but make unique place settings instead. Use their gifts and talents, push their skills a bit, and celebrate the hope we have in Christ.
What about you?
How do you make Easter meaningful for teens? Have you discovered something that I haven’t thought of? If so, let me know in the comments eh? It’s so good to learn from each other.