We want to engage the whole church of Christ with the whole story of the Bible, but there are some parts that challenge us more than others as we try to do that, the Easter story is one of those. As Steve Turner once so eloquently put it …

Christmas is really
for the children.
Especially for children
who like animals, stables,
stars and babies wrapped
in swaddling clothes.
Then there are wise men,
kings in fine robes,
humble shepherds and a
hint of rich perfume.

Easter is not really for the children
unless accompanied by
a cream filled egg.
It has whips, blood, nails,
a spear and allegations
of body snatching.
It involves politics, God
and the sins of the world.
It is not good for people
of a nervous disposition.
They would do better to
think on rabbits, chickens
and the first snowdrop
of spring.

Or they’d do better to
wait for a re-run of
Christmas without asking
too many questions about
what Jesus did when he grew up
or whether there’s any connection. [1]


For many children in our communities across Scotland, Easter will pass in a delightful consumption of chocolate, brought to them by the Easter bunny, or found with screams of excitement during an Easter Egg hunt!

Some children may hear the Easter Story from the Bible during a school assembly and others may find themselves on Palm Sunday celebrating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna!”, and then pass through Holy Week with little awareness of what happened next, only to find themselves the following Sunday shouting, “Jesus is alive, Hallelujah!”.

As church leaders we may worry about how our children will cope with Jesus weeping in the garden, being whipped by the soldiers, and facing a brutal death on Golgotha.

However, the way to deal with this is to recognise our fears, and concerns, and to carefully plan how we share this story together in a loving and supportive all age community, where questions and fears can be shared together.

When Paul wrote to Timothy he didn’t just say, “…from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures…” (2 Timothy 3:15), he prefixes it with the statement, “…because you know those from whom you learned it.” (2 Timothy 3:14). It is within relationship with other generations in God’s family that the story of the Bible is heard, learned and applied.

Joel’s prophecy, that Peter quoted on the day of Pentecost,

I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. (Acts 2:17)

speaks of all generations being impacted by God’s Spirit. This vision of all generations being transformed by God happens when the old and young spend time with each other in the Bible, listening and talking to each other.

What spaces could we create for that to happen in churches across Scotland this Easter?

Jen Robertson
Children’s Resources Manager

[1] Steve Turner; “Christmas is really for the children”; Up to Date; 1982.