Easter Egg Festival
Saturday, April 20, 9:30-11 a.m.
FUMC hosts an annual Easter Egg Festival on the Capitol Grounds at Colorado and 12th Street. This event is open to the public, so you may bring your friends and non-perishable food donations for Caritas of Austin.
Join us on the Capitol lawn for face painting, crafts, games, preschool egg hunts and elementary school egg roll races! A visit from the Easter Bunny is a special tradition.
Families are welcome to attend our Holy Week services. A special butterfly release on the Capitol grounds takes place during children’s Sunday School time on Easter.
How We Approach Easter
Easter is arguably the most important season in the church year; it can also be one of the most difficult to teach to children. As adults, we tend to connect Easter with life after death and new life through the spirit of Christ. These are abstract, complicated concepts for children, however. Children are quite concrete, and (hopefully) have had very little experience with the finality of death. Similarly, all of life is new for children. Each day is a journey of discovery, so asking them to celebrate Jesus’ new life may not seem particularly interesting to our youngest learners. This does not mean that we as teachers cannot share the Good News of Easter with our children in varying degrees of complexity and detail.
While it is impossible to have the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection without first understanding that he died, FUMC strives to take a conservative approach in exposing children to the details of his death. We understand that every child is an individual and will respond to every story in a unique way. Similarly, children grow and mature in their faith on their own individual timetables. Within this variety, however, there are some patterns that help us know what to expect. For example, with the youngest Sunday School children we will simply acknowledge Jesus’ death and focus more intently on the joy we all feel knowing Christ is risen and with us always; while the oldest learners are ready for more details about the significance of his death.
Sharing-Easter-with-Your-Children by Mary Jane Pierce Norton