Easter Path

It’s been a few years since we did the Easter Path and it’s one of my favorite ways to re-live the story. My original thought was to share it with the neighbor kids but quarantine had us keeping it to ourselves. We ran through it twice – once with me when we set it up, and later on Easter Sunday with Dad – so pictures are from both.


Palm Sunday – “See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Waving branches, laying out cloth and shouting “hosanna”! Then we traced our hands with chalk and wrote something in praise to God.


Foot washing – “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

Here we took turns washing each other’s feet.


The Lord’s Supper – “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’”

Here we shared grape juice and oyster crackers, talking a little about the symbolism. Now lest you think all is perfect, our kids were mostly concerned on whether they could have more crackers. Guess we’ll have to go over 1 Cor. 11 next time. :-)


Praying in the Garden – “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”

Here we picked up a rock and thought about something that caused us to worry or fear. Then we prayed, giving that worry to God and dropped our rock into the water.


Suffering on the cross – “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”

We held ice while watching the scene of the crucifixion. The ice begins to hurt some in your hand and you think about what Jesus did for you (unless you end up eating the ice!)


Our debts paid – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Here we wrote one of our sins on a piece of paper then nailed it to the cross, showing how Jesus had taken it on himself. Plenty of sinfulness showed up while trying to share the hammer. And the same child hit their finger both times through.


Burial – “Then he took down (Jesus body), wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.”

We sprayed perfume on coffee filters (burial cloth).


Darkness – “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.”

Here we crowded into the tomb. You were to think of a fear and then know that there is nothing that Jesus can’t handle – not even death could keep him down!


Empty tomb – “The women, deep in wonder and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb.”

We burst out of the tomb and ran to the next station!


Celebrate He is Risen! “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

We took the “burial cloth” (coffee filters) with us and with a pipe cleaner, made it into a flower and attached it to a cross. Rejoicing that the ugliness of death can be transformed into the glorious wonder of new life.


The Great Commission -”All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. “

We looked in a mirror to see that we are the ones called to be ambassadors for Christ to the world.


Then we put star stickers on a map to show where we know people – neat since we’ve been having international students over, so we could put stickers somewhere besides Texas!

Hope you enjoyed our Easter Path!


4 responses to “Easter Path”

  1. Carol Cahill

    This has to be one of the greatest ideas I’ve ever heard of. Great job.

  2. Jack Paslay

    I liked the ice for nails idea…pain without scars. They won’t soon forget some of the lessons you demonstrated.

  3. Papa

    You are putting your disciples on the right path!

  4. anne jones

    What a blessing! Love you all!

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