Easter Alive pack 2020
Sharon Pritchard, Esther Calvert-Jordan, Karen Herrick, SU, 2020

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Bring the Easter story to life for the children and young people in your community.

Activity ideas with an environmental theme and a family Easter event. Sharing God’s love with young people through sport: read Gideons’ story.

Easter Alive is about celebrating that Jesus is alive and what that means for everyone who believes in him today.

The 95: Together, we can reach the 95% of children and young people not in church

What do you get?

Free. 27-page downloadable resource pack from https://content.scriptureunion.org.uk/easter-alive. Downloadable ‘Easter treasure diary for each child’.

  • Section 1 – Betrayal (Matthew 26:17-56)
  • Section 2 – Death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 27:45-66 and Matthew 28:1-10)
  • Section 3 – Friendship (Romans 5:6-11)
  • Section 4 – Celebrate (party time)

Options to purchase giveaway booklets for children: The Biggest Surprise (5-8s), and The Most Mind-Boggling Mystery (8-11s). £2 for a pack of 10.

Who is it for?

Choice of material for: children, young people, all ages. Enquirers, local communities, everyone. Great for outreach.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Another inspired resource from SU, with great ideas for Easter events that would be suitable for drawing in the community.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Super-clear Aims for the event, divided into sections.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    Straight-forward and practical, the A4 sheets cover everything from reminders about Risk Assessments, Top tips, and publicity, to easy-to-follow timed plans for children, youth and all age. Children’s event includes craft, treasure hunts and story time for each section – 2.20 hour programme. The Youth version upcycles clothes, interspersed with Bible readings with a choice of presentations – 2.10 hour programme.  The Family Colourful Easter event consists of eight sections, each assigned to a colour, with a Bible reading, song or prayer and brief explanation per colour; works its way through the Easter story.  Nicely laid out sections for both the – substantial – preparations needed, and the actual events. Easy to use. There are several adverts included for further SU resources.

    Who could lead it?

    Needs a team, whichever event or events you are leading.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    Just the one A4 download for leaders; treasure diary download for children. Option to buy children's booklets. All other resources provided by you!

    How good is any digital material?

    Videos provided via su.org.uk/easter. They tell the Easter story for children, with two presenters in a variety of locations. They just tell us the story themselves, with a bit of humour thrown in.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Firstly, you will need to decide what age group or groups yo are running the event for. For the event itself, a significant amount of preparation is required from creating your own publicity flyer (none supplied), to recruiting a DBS-checked team, to collection materials for craft and games, and preparing the space for the event. Then there’s the party and refreshments. The children’s event needs considerably more preparation then either the youth or family event.

    Is there website support? Links?

    There is a glorious array of previous Easter resources on the SU website if you wanted to plunder them as well, or instead.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Looks good across the suite of resources. Mix of craft, prayer, Bible, party etc.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Again, good, and fairly straight-forward with input, craft, singing, prayer, option for quiet times etc.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    You may want to simplify the children’s programme a little – there’s a lot to pack in. You may also want to provide other craft activities for the youth – not all may be inspired by upcycling clothes.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    There are no provided questions for the youth in their biblical engagement. While the presentations are imaginative, it would be better to help them explore them afterwards.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Each event revolves around the passages highlighted above.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Lots of room for invention in the family event here; the children’s event has lots of ideas already and integrates the biblical material well with activities. The youth suggestions for presentations should spark discussion; having some of your own questions as a backup would be good.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    The progression from what happened to Jesus and the implications for our lives is explored well in the children’s and family; the youth are – probably rightly – left to work this out for themselves. It is most heavily linked to environmental responsibility in the youth programme.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Broadly evangelical.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    All have the opportunity to link the life, death and resurrection to their own lives; and all the programmes would suit newcomers as well as church members.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Prayer is enabled and encouraged; understanding of the Easter story is nicely illustrated through story and activities.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Very appropriate that the programmes end with celebration and party,

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Opportunity is either given or suggested (youth) for responding to the Easter story personally. Takeaway sweets and poem for the family event. The upcycling theme is strongest in the youth event, again, probably rightly.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    This would be great events to invite friends, neighbours and family to.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    The main connection here is in the invitations, to the surrounding community.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Good acknowledgement of environmental issues, and taking action, without overwhelming the Easter message.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus.

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