Easter Eggs

First Baptist Church, Albuquerque, adapted to COVID-19 restrictions on Easter by delivering specially prepared sets of plastic eggs to families. The 12-egg sets helped parents explore the Easter story with their children.

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - On Easter Sunday, April 12, First Baptist Church, Albuquerque, delivered “resurrection eggs” to approximately 30 families.

The eggs served as a way to involve children in retelling Holy Week stories. Each set included 12 numbered, plastic eggs, which families were to open on specific days during Holy Week. On certain days, families only opened one egg. On other days, they opened multiple eggs. 

Small items filled each egg. Each one represented some part of the Holy Week story. For example, a picture of a donkey represented Jesus’ triumphant entry. A piece of bread reminded children of Jesus’ last supper with His disciples. The last egg was empty. It helped children understand that Jesus’ tomb was empty; He had come alive again - raised from the dead.

First Baptist’s director of first years’ foundations, Kristin Overman, organized the resurrection egg activity. Overman said she originally scheduled the activity to be done in-person as part of a program. But, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a change. For the alternate plan, the church packaged eggs into kits for at-home use.  

Overman recalled how she had previously used resurrection eggs with her own children. The activity engaged them. Each child took turns opening an egg and guessing what the items inside meant. 

In providing the activity to families in the church, Overman said her “desire was to equip and help families read, talk, and learn together.” To that end, the church included a parents’ guide from DiscipleLand. It had questions, Scripture references and a daily blog reading. Several families wrote thank you notes to the church for reaching out to them with the kit.

According to Overman, resurrection egg kits are also available online. She noted that resurrection eggs “are pretty easy to make on your own from household items.” First Baptist included the following items in their resurrection egg kits.

- Day one, Sunday. A picture of a donkey represents Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem.

- Day two, Monday. A picture of the Temple represents Jesus teaching in the Temple.

- Day three, Tuesday. A piece of string represents the whip Jesus used to drive moneylenders out of the Temple.

- Day four, Wednesday. A coin represents the 30 pieces of silver that the Jews paid Judas to betray Jesus.

- Day five, Thursday. A bit of bread represents the bread Jesus broke and served to the disciples at the Last Supper.

- Day six, Thursday. A picture of feet represents Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in the Upper Room.

- Day seven, Thursday. A picture of praying hands represents Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

- Day eight, Friday. A picture of a crown of thorns represents the thorny crown Jesus wore as soldiers beat and mocked Him.

- Day nine, Friday. A cross and a nail represent how Roman soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross.

- Day 10, Saturday. A piece of neatly cut or edged white fabric represents Jesus’ body wrapped in linen and buried in a tomb.

- Day 11, Saturday. A small, torn red cloth represents the veil in the Temple that split in half when Jesus died.

- Day 12, Sunday. This egg stays empty. It represents the empty tomb Jesus left behind when came alive, risen from the dead.

Alisha Plummer is a volunteer assignment writer with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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