Every year our church designs invitations that we can use to personally invite people to Easter Sunday services. It’s a special time of year when those who usually sleep in or hit the gym dress in their Easter best and fill church pews.
Easter is going to look a whole lot different this year.
No community Easter egg hunts.
No big church outreach.
No bursting-at-the-seams Easter services.
Yet Easter hasn’t been cancelled. Everything going on now is more reason than ever to reach out to family, friends and neighbors who don’t know about God’s love.
You can’t invite them church, so you who are the Church will need to go to them. Since that “going” has to be from a social distance, it’s time to get creative.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need this kind of message: I mattered enough to you that you took the time to connect with me. Dads, moms, grandparents, and kids right now are feeling anxious, stressed, lonely, and maybe bored or stir crazy. Now’s your chance to do something practical that says: God cares for you.
Reaching out can also be a step toward building, or strengthening, a relationship that will open the door to later conversations about God.
The benefits to your own family? Investing thought into making someone’s Easter special impacts your family too. God loves when we give generously and freely (2 Cor. 9:7). He pours out blessing on those who give from the heart.
10 Creative Easter Ideas
Get your kids involved choosing one of the options below. They’re likely to be more enthusiastic when they own the idea.
Buy an Easter lily or a bouquet of flowers, ring the doorbell, and leave the flowers on the doorstep with a note that says, “Thinking of you this Easter.” Brighten someone’s day!
Mail an Easter card. Never mind if your friends live across the street or down the road. For kids especially, there’s something exciting about knowing “you got mail”. Check out Dayspring or ItTakesTwo for ideas. Another option is to send a free ecard.
Pay for an Easter weekend takeout dinner. Your thoughtfulness will surprise a family in need and you’ll also help local restaurants, many of whom are struggling right now. Check out services like UberEats, GrubHub and DoorDash.
Send an Easter book or a devotional you’ve found helpful with the attached note:
Life sure has been crazy these days! I thought you might appreciate this.
[sign your family name]
Two book suggestions:
For adults – Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado. For the audio version, just click the “buy as a gift” option.
For young kids: God Gave Us Easter.
Sing! You might not sound like The Sound of Music‘s Von Trapp family singers, but practice one of the songs below. Then serenade your neighbors over the phone or outside their front window. Music boosts spirits like nothing else.
Don’t be shy about singing a song about God. Just preface it by saying, “We wanted to do something special for you. This is a song we’ve learned and wanted to sing for you.”
For families with children, print out instructions for a fun family craft, buy the supplies, and place them together in a bag or Easter basket. Here are a few ideas to get you started: eggshell vase and candle (the tutorial on the latter isn’t available but it’s pretty self-explanatory.)
Get practical. If families in your area are able to head outdoors, put together a list of parks or trails they can explore in the area. Or maybe they’d like a list of nature craft ideas like this one.
Create a book. For one of my friends going through a difficult time, I’m compiling verses, quotes and pictures into an 8×8 book. Design it yourself using a service like Shutterfly or–and I love this option!–send everything as is and they’ll design it for you.
Create a box of goodies with an Easter theme. Pretty paper plates, placemats, candles, a cookbook, family devotional, and candy all are options to include. Order online and have everything delivered in one box.
Draw a chalk art greeting on their driveway. Obviously you have to know a family well to do this. Waking up or driving home from work to a friendly greeting just might make someone’s day.
Whatever your family chooses to do…be bold,
be intentional, be loving and pray always!
Have any other ideas? Please share!
2020 © Carol Garborg