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A Time to Remember

Mikal Keefer

Give your kids and their families an experience they won't forget this Easter with two unique Passover meals

Easter marks the most profound and promising event in our faith -- the time when Jesus paid the toll for our sins and fulfilled his destiny as the lamb of God. Kids love Easter because it's fun and there's usually candy involved...but they also love it because they recognize the incredible gift Jesus delivered to us on that morning, long, long ago.

This Easter, why not add another layer of meaning to what kids already know is true -- that Jesus is God's son who paid the ultimate price for our sins?

Using these variations on the Seder meal, you can help kids recognize the historical and spiritual impact of Passover, giving them an even deeper understanding of their faith.

A Simplified Seder

Supplies Per table:

  • Bowl of salt water
  • Celery sticks (one per child) Three matzo crackers
  • Paper cups of water for children (half full)
  • Small bowl of horseradish
  • Small bowl of haroseth
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • a lamb bone (call a butcher in advance!)

Haroseth Recipe

Finely chop two large apples and place them in a bowl. Add 1/3 cup chopped raisins and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. (Walnuts would normally be used, but substitute raisins to avoid allergy concerns.) Mix.

Pronunciation Guide

  • Haroseth (kha-RO-seth)
  • Matzo (MAT-se)
  • Seder (SA-der)

The Passover meal is a powerful experience to give children. It honors God by highlighting his power and love for his people. It connects Bible events for children -- and because kids know Jesus for who he is, they can see God's plans from the beginning for Jesus to be our Savior.

Use this simplified Seder with children in your ministry -- you'll catch them talking about it and still making connections weeks later.

Get Started: Arrange low, round tables (or seating on the floor around tablecloths) for children. Place several candles on each table, and put all supplies on each table, ready for use.

Consider having an adult or teenager at each table to guide the passing of the items and to supervise the candles. Light the candles and dim the lights before calling kids to the tables.

What to Do: Ask children to come to the tables. Say: Each spring, Jewish people eat a Passover meal called the Seder. It's a reminder that God called Moses to lead their people out of Egypt.

The word Seder means order, because everything you eat and drink at a Passover meal is in a special order. We won't serve all the Passover dishes because that takes hours. Instead, we'll try a few and I'll tell you about the rest.

Ask everyone to take a celery stick. Say: First dip your celery stick in the bowl of water, then take a bite.

Ask: How does it taste? Say: The salty taste reminds the Jewish people of tears they cried in Egypt while they were slaves.

Ask: Why do you think the Jews in Egypt were sad and cried?

Pass around the matzo crackers. Say: When God gave instructions for the first Passover meal, there wasn't time for the Jews to let their bread rise to get nice and fluffy. So at the Passover, we serve matzo -- bread without yeast. We have matzo here. Let's each break off a piece and eat it. Pause as children eat matzo and, if they wish, drink water.

Pass around the bowl of horseradish. Say: At a Passover meal the Jews also taste a bitter herb. We won't taste this one -- just sniff it. This is horseradish, and not everyone likes the taste.

Say: Bitter herbs remind the Jews of how bitterly they suffered while they were slaves in Egypt. They had very difficult lives.

Say: Here's another food served at Passover: haroseth. Allow children to sample the haroseth on a matzo cracker.

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