We are getting closer to the main Christian festival of the year. We continue to journey through Lent and then into Holy Week and Good Friday so that we can celebrate on Easter Day.
At the same time this year, Jews around the world will be celebrating Passover (beginning on 28th March). The Passover remembers the time when the Jewish people were slaves in Egypt and celebrates their release from slavery. This marked the beginning of a new relationship between God and his people and a new way for them to worship God. We think about Easter Day in a similar way. Jesus’ resurrection marked a new relationship between God and those from every nation who believe in him.
Rev Mary brings us the next part of Hepzibah's story. This week she talks about the Passover celebrations in Jerusalem and the crowds who gathered there. She also talks about what Jesus did, what happened to him, her fears and the devastation felt by all of the disciples. You can read it for yourself in your Bible in John 12.12-16 and Mark 14.
We have special foods that we eat at certain times to help us to celebrate. We think particularly of our traditions at Christmas and Easter. Rev Yvonne talks about Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs in her Collective Worship for schools.
Jews have many traditions surrounding Passover. For Passover they have a meal called seder which is often presented on a special plate. Find out what the parts of the meal mean with this video. There are some recipes on this link for Haroset (or Charoset) which is an apple dish that is part of the seder. It is a sweet dish that can be eaten with yogurt or ice cream although it is used as a dip in the Passover meal. You could use red grape juice instead of wine.
On Palm Sunday Christians remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey and the crowds putting palm leaves and cloaks on the ground in front of him. Hepzibah talks about seeing this and hearing the crowd shouting. Did you know that almost all donkeys have a cross shape on their backs?
Use your playdough this week to make a donkey (don’t forget to make a cross on its back). On Sunday gather some leaves or pieces of material to stand your donkey on.
This week is also a good time to start to get ready for the celebration of Easter Day. You could make a piñata for your home or you could use the same idea to make individual Easter eggs filled with wrapped sweets or homemade treats as an alternative to the chocolate sort. Use a smaller balloon for these and decorate each one specially for the person you make it for. Think about making two separate pieces to join together so that they don’t have to be broken to get to the treats. Remember that papier mâché can be very messy so you will need space and to protect the area with newspaper or a cover that you can wipe. You will need to let each layer dry before you add the next one so this project might take a bit of time.
A prayer for us to use at a meal this week:
As we sit here today preparing to eat this food, we remember your Son - how he came here as a human being, and ate with his family and friends just like we do. Bless us, Lord Jesus, and stir our hearts to remember you in all we do.
In Jesus’ Name,
Looking forward to sharing meals together again at God and Popcorn.
Alison and Angie