Read in 2 mins Family Ministry Resources » Family Ministry Ideas » At-home Activities Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 3 Surprising Easter Devotions for Families Published: March 22, 2023 There are so many surprising things to learn about Jesus! Use these family devotions to help families in your church discover more about Jesus. These devotions take only a few minutes and can be done any time that’s convenient for families. They’ll spark great discussions, create new memories, and help families celebrate Easter. Surprising Smiles Jesus wants us in his family! Take family photos and talk about God’s family. You’ll need: a smartphone or camera a world map Take a bunch of family photos. Be silly, be serious, and just have super fun! Capture your family doing things they like to do best. Then gather to look at the pictures together—maybe around a smartphone screen or another easy way for everyone to see the photos. Talk About It If a stranger looked at these pictures, what would that person learn about our family? What do you like about being in our family? Have a family hug and thank God for each other! Read aloud Ephesians 1:3-8. Surprise! When we’re friends with Jesus, we’re part of God’s big family! Make a list of other people you know who are part of God’s family. People all around the world are part of God’s family! Have each family member choose a specific country and pray for your brothers and sisters in Jesus who live there. Pray: Thank Jesus for the surprising offer to be a part of God’s family. Surprising Shadows Jesus is always with you! Use flashlights to create family fun! You’ll need: flashlights Wait until dark, then pull out a few flashlights. Have fun making shadow animals or other creations on the walls. Can you tell family members apart only by their shadows? What does it look like when you spin around and around while making a shadow? Play a game where you try to imitate the shadow of another person in your family. Talk About It Our shadows are always with us—unless it’s completely dark. What other things are always with us? Read aloud Matthew 28:20. What’s surprising to you about Jesus saying this? When are you most thankful for Jesus always being with you? Pray: For the next few days, notice when your shadow appears. Take time to thank Jesus for being with you at that very moment. Surprising Science Jesus gives us eternal life! Make a pendulum and talk about eternal life. You’ll need: a sandwich bag coins string Make perpetual-motion pendulums. Tie a sandwich bag with coins in it to the end of a string. One person can hold the end of the string while another person pulls back the bag of coins and lets it go. Don’t push or move the string, and see how long the bag of coins will stay in motion. Talk About It Perpetual motion means something starts moving and never stops, even without a battery or electricity. So far, no one has made a perpetual-motion machine that keeps going forever. If you could make a machine that would keep going forever, what would you want it to do? Can you think of anything that does last forever? Read aloud John 3:16. Eternal life is life that lasts forever. What’s surprising to you about that? Pray: Talk to Jesus about what eternal life means to you. Thank him for his love for you and for making a way to have eternal life with him in heaven. Want more sciency fun ideas for children’s ministry? Check out Sciency-Fun WOWS!: 54 Surprising Bible Object Lessons. And there’s a preschool version, too! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!