Wow! Holy Week is upon us! This is such an emotional week for me! The scripture is so real. If I close my eyes I can almost transport myself back to this week!
We gave out Family Guides at church the past two Sundays to help people journey down this path. If we immerse ourselves in the story, it becomes real to us! We live it and breathe it! Use the guide that you pick up or you can download a copy from the church’s homepage to follow along.
If you are looking for something different to try with your family, read different parts of John beginning with chapter 12 and continuing through chapter 19. There you will find the many events that occurred during this Holy Week. A great way to experience the different events is to close your eyes and imagine the tastes, smells, touches, sounds, and sights you would see if you were in the story. It does help to bring the stories to life! Go all the way up to Easter morning!
Celebrate the Risen Christ!!!!
Try this –
Resurrection Biscuits Recipe
Start a new tradition for Easter morning. Make Resurrection Biscuits. They are easy to make; they are delicious, and they have a lesson that goes with them. I have included step-by-step instructions and photos below for making Resurrections Biscuits (also called “Empty Tomb” Biscuits).
1 pkg. refrigerated crescent dough
1 bag large marshmallows
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a muffin tin.
2. Prepare a small bowl of the melted butter (for dipping) and another small bowl with the cinnamon and sugar mixed (for dipping).
3. Separate crescent dough into triangles, and place a marshmallow on each one (see image 1). The marshmallow represents the pure body of Jesus. As a teaching tool, children can dip a marshmallow in the butter and the cinnamon-sugar mixture to represent the burial oil and spices that were used on Jesus’ body. However, the seams of the crescent rolls seem to stay sealed better with plain marshmallows, so maybe just dip a few.
4. Seal the edges of the dough around each marshmallow (see image 2), and explain that it represents that tomb of Jesus that was securely sealed after he was buried inside.
5. Roll the dough in your hands to form a smooth circle (see image 3).
6. Dip the dough in the melted butter (see image 4).
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7. Roll the dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture (see image 5).
8. Place each roll in your greased muffin tin (see image 6).
9. Bake for about 15 minutes.
10. Allow the “tombs” to cool slightly before children open them to see that they are empty (the marshmallow melts away and leaves an “empty tomb”)!
Read John 20:1-18 for an excerpt of the resurrection story and repeat together, “He is not here; He has risen!”
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Enjoy this time learning as a family!!!