Easter

Easter

As part of our aim to feature resources and links from partner organisations and member churches, we are pleased to share a link to some Easter resources developed by the Spinnaker Trust. Martin Sweet is Director of Spinnaker Trust and an active member of the Free Church Education Committee. Martin also serves on the Baptist Education Group. 

These Easter resources are suitable for primary age children, but would be interesting and thought provoking for use in any setting... you can download the materials, free of charge, from the Spinnaker website HERE

The Trust writes: "Our featured Easter Assembly resource is taken from a series in which we use various storytelling techniques and visual aids to bring the stories of Jesus to life. Our method is not to re-write stories into modern settings, but to fuel our listener’s imaginations and reflections with word and picture. This, 'the Empty Box' story works well as part of the series or as a stand alone assembly. Spinnaker’s teams have used many of these ideas time and again, so we know that children have gained both knowledge and understanding through these stories. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!"

Spinnaker supports and resources teachers in primary schools by leading assemblies and RE lessons and by providing opportunities for children to engage with Christianity. We also aim to equip churches to bridge the gap between themselves and their wider community by establishing links with local primary schools..

A Message To All This Easter

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Easter is one of those special times during the year, when despite the confusion in our world and the complexities of life, we remember Jesus Christ and His perfect sacrifice with a sense of purpose and hope. We celebrate with hearts of thankfulness the offer of forgiveness and reconciliation, to those who believe in him.

There are many challenges facing our world but the preaching of the Gospel remains, and forever will be, the answer to the needs of humanity. We must never shy away from that truth. Luke reminds us that “...the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (St Luke 19:10)

Jesus' mission is to save the lost and that is the message of hope we preach to a world desperately seeking answers to the hatred and divisions that plague nations and communities. The Church must remain committed to Jesus' ministry of reconciliation. It is possible through Christ for humanity to be reconciled to God and each other.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 speaks directly to the Church about this ministry to which we must be engaged. Verse 19 reads, “that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

Let’s share that good news with confidence and may the peace of God fill your hearts this Easter season.

Every blessings,

Revd Paul Rochester.
(General Secretary of the Free Churches Group)