Easter parties are great events to have for children in your ministry. Here some things to consider.
When will you have the party? Easter Sunday after church is not a practical time. But you could have the party during church on Easter. Or you could have the party after church on Palm Sunday. The Saturday before Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday are good times to have it as well.
What type of party will you have?
Easter Egg Hunts: These are very popular, but they have drawbacks. You need to have church property large enough to hide the eggs to make if fun. If you don’t, look for a park or a parent’s yard where you can hide eggs. Don’t use real eggs. Buy the plastic eggs from the dollar store and stuff them with candy or toys you can buy in bulk. Or you can put tickets in the eggs the children can use to purchase prizes. That way, each child gets prizes. You’ll also want grand prizes you can give away to children who collect the most eggs. Easter baskets work well for this. In some areas of the country, snow and rain are problems at this time of year. If that’s the case, make sure to schedule a rain date.
Easter Carnival: A carnival can work well even indoors. Call your local carnival rental place and see if they’ll donate the games for the carnival. Some places will if the games aren’t being used. Also, if you have a carpenter in your church, consider having him make some games you can use. You can give out tickets, candy or prizes for each game won.
Fun Sunday: If you have the party during or after church on a Sunday, consider having pizza, pop and treats for the children. You could also show an Easter movie in the sanctuary on the “big screen” like in a movie theater. You could have gospel illusions, games, crafts and other activities.
How will you present the message: An Easter party is a prime opportunity to present the message of salvation to children. Think of a gospel illusion, story or object lesson you can use for a short five-minute message.
Get donations: Contact pizza places, bowling alleys, skating rinks and fast food restaurants to see if they’d be willing to donate free gift certificates to their establishments that you can give as door prizes. Most businesses are willing to do this.
Plan ahead: Get the workers you need. Decide how you’ll spread the word. Find people to set up and do follow-up. The sooner you contact a marquee hire company, the better this party will be.
Pray: This is a great opportunity to reach unchurched children. Pray for God to move during this party.
This article originally appeared here.