Discipling your kids sounds like an awesome idea. So does learning how to skydive, that is until you’re looking out of the plane and thinking that you have no idea what you’re doing.
Parents as primary faith trainers for their children is not an new or novel idea. In fact the Old Testament says quite a bit about it and even lays out how to do it. Even still, it can be so totally intimidating. Like that time you tried to flambe the bananas foster in your kitchen and set off the smoke alarm and woke up the baby — it sounded simple enough but the actual doing it part was all kinds of disaster.
Fortunately, leading your kids or grand kids into a deeper relationship with Christ doesn’t have be intimidating.
In fact, it can be fun.
As we prepare our own hearts for Easter, now is a great time to invite your kids to do the same. There’s something so beautiful about sharing an experience together with your child that gives you the open door you might need to talk about the stuff of character and faith at home. For me, I struggle against the commercialism of Easter — the chocolate, the bunny, the egg hunts, all of it. As a mom my priority is to help my child understand that Jesus was a real guy who loved us so much that he was willing to bear the sin and pain of all the world while he hung on the cross.
When I was a kid, Palm Sunday usually meant that all the kids in the church would get a Palm branch and be ushered down the aisle singing some song that had a lot of Hosanna’s in it. I was 6, I had no idea what “Hosanna!” meant! And I certainly didn’t understand why it was “in the highest.” But sing it I did, with gusto. Everyone “ooh’d” and “aah’d” over the little kids and then we were shuffled off to Sunday School and that was it. I went years without understanding Palm Sunday and the rest of the importance of Holy Week and I bet there’s a couple of you reading this who are a little fuzzy on the details, too.
So how can we teach our kids if we don’t understand it ourselves?
That’s why we are excited to invite you to Journey to Jerusalem, an interactive family experience where your family will participate in a series of stations that help you as parents unpack the meaning of Holy Week for your family. Each station has an activity centered around a different element and day of Holy Week that we believe will be a meaningful time for your whole family. We’ll equip you so you can lead them. Everyone wins!
Don’t have kids? Not a problem! Come anyway. The more you immerse yourself in this beautifully tragically glorious story of Holy Week, the more you’ll see and understand Christ’s sacrifice for you. Our hope is that this week as you learn from our darling writing team on this blog and join us for Journey to Jerusalem, that you’ll come to know Christ in a deeper way than you ever have before. Because this week is more than chocolate and bunnies and egg hunts.
This week is a promise of death defeated, of life restored, of a promise of Heaven.
Journey to Jerusalem starts Tuesday, March 31st and runs through Friday, April 3rd from 4-8pm. It is “open house” style where you can come at any time that is convenient for you and your family. Our stations are designed to be self-guided and we estimate it will take you about an hour to complete. If you have any questions please email Mollie at firstname.lastname@example.org or check it out here.
Tomorrow we’ll continue on our journey of Holy Week here on our blog, so you’re welcome to come back and read some reflections Jesus’ day after Palm Sunday.