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Making the most of your Easter Sunday service

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Suggested frequency: Annually
Hosted by: Local church
Activity: Community
Author: HOPE
Published: 09/02/2015

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Easter Sunday is an excellent opportunity to connect with people who may come to church irregularly, or for the first time. Here are some suggestions to make the service memorable.


Dramatic storytelling


  • Bring the story of Easter to life by having different members of the congregation learn sections of Scripture and then deliver them dramatically as part of the service.

  • You could use video clips for some sections (Mark’s Gospel reads a little like headline news so you could record someone reporting the events as news).

  • You could think about sharing breakfast when you get to the reading in John 21, where Jesus gives his disciples fish for breakfast.

  • Think about symbolic gestures, like flinging open the church doors when you proclaim the words of the Great Commission.

  • Children could perform a short Passion musical.

  • You could take your service out on to the streets by doing an Emmaus Walk, going from one place to another and as you go, retelling the story of Jesus meeting the disciples on the road.


Don’t forget!


Make sure you have plenty of welcome packs to give to visitors explaining what your church is about, and what else you do outside of a Sunday service. You might like to give them a gift too, such as a small Easter egg as well as a Gospel to take home to read. After the service invite people to stay and share Hot Cross Buns with you as part of the celebrations. Invite visitors to an upcoming social event that will take place a week or two after the service to help cement connections with newcomers.

Rationale

Lots of people come to church at Easter who wouldn’t normally be there, and hopefully with all the outreach you have been doing over Lent that number will increase this year! This means your Easter Sunday service is a fantastic opportunity to help people understand the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Outcome

A creative retelling of the story of Easter.


This idea can be found on page 91 of Hope Heartbeat ©2013 HOPE08 Ltd. For more ideas, Hope Heartbeat is available for purchase from the website above.


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