31 Ideas for Your Church’s Easter Impact

How to maximize the holiday most likely to draw someone far from God to your worship service.

Churches shared out-of-the-box thinking for communicating the transformational message of the cross. Here are their ideas:

Pre-Easter: Inviting Your Community

1. Easter Kindness

Easter is often more inwardly focused than Christmas and Thanksgiving. This year, mark Easter weekend with a significant act of service to your community (restore hiking trails, host a dinner for the homeless and underprivileged, hold a blood drive, run a 10K for a local women’s shelter, etc.) and invite your community to join with your church.

2. Easter Signs

In cities where increasing restrictions are affecting public signage, creative churches are using silk-screened, corrugated plastic yard signs. Planted on church members’ front lawns, the signs invite neighbors to Easter services and outreach events.

3. One Card. One Guest.

Hand out printed invitations to Easter worship services to all of your regular attendees. Ask them to pray for one person God is leading them to invite. Members either mail or hand-deliver the invitations to those people they’ve been praying for.

4. Palm Sunday Reflection

The Sunday before Easter, invite your community to join you for a meaningful time of spiritual reflection. Consider creating sacred spaces that guide people through the events leading up to the cross. It helps prepare people mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the Holy Week. You may want to borrow from the liturgy of other churches to help create the sacred environment.

5. Email Invitations

In addition to direct mail, signage, fliers and other materials, promote your Easter service with an e-card that can easily be forwarded along with a personal note from your members.

6. Spring Cleaning

The week before Easter, host a huge, communitywide garage sale to benefit a local charity or cause. Offer a tax receipt to any donors and even offer to pick up larger items. Make it a fun community event by providing food, music and fliers promoting your church’s Easter week activities.

7. Egg-vitations

The Sunday before Easter, give children 10 plastic eggs with candy and an invitation for their friends and families to attend the Easter service. It is great to see children involved as inviters.

8. Last Supper Re-enactment

Attract art appreciators to a Maundy Thursday drama of the scene, using Scripture as a script and DaVinci’s painting for costume and backdrop inspiration.

9. Artists at the Foot of the Cross Gallery

Turn a multipurpose room into a gallery of crucifixion art, poetry and music created by people of all ages. Invite the community to participate.

10. Easter Parade To Go

Contact a local senior center or assisted living community and asked if your church may bring residents a nostalgic evening of the Irving Berlin classic film, popcorn and lemonade.

11. Messiah Live!

Host an evening of live orchestra presenting Handel’s oratorio. Engage your city’s orchestra.

12. Free Car Wash

Organize a car wash free of charge with no strings attached. Just leave a small Easter card with your church’s Easter worship activities in each vehicle.

Easter Weekend

13. Community Humility

Participate in a communitywide Easter service held at a large local venue, like a school stadium. Bring together pastors from various denominations to plan, pray, share ideas and divide the workload and costs.

14. Easter Road Show

Instead of putting all your resources into a large Easter church service, develop a team that can conduct Easter services at locations around your community. Housing projects, senior citizen developments, trailer parks, etc., are good places to start. You’ll hit “low mobility” individuals and families who might never have the chance to visit your church and hear the Gospel.

15. Appreciation Easter Lilies

Instead of spending money for Easter lilies to decorate the church, purchase lilies as a donation to local businesses, hospitals, law enforcement, schools, etc. Attach a small sign or tag from your church, “With appreciation during this Easter season.”

16. Resurrection Run.

Hold a Resurrection Run motorcycle rally each year and invite motorcycle enthusiasts from the community to participate.

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  1. Fox News and talk radio brainwashed my pops

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    Senko’s first written, road map Warrior Women, Won detection with several festival awards. Her most recently released film, The getting much less City, Co directing with Fiore DeRosa, Exposes the economic policies which have renedered New York a city for the rich. When did you first notice your dad’s ‘brainwashing, And when did you determine to make a written film about it?

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    ROC: Describe the specifics of your father’s alteration. How did it develop? and why?JS: When I was getting bigger, No one seemed in specific political. Both mother and father were Democrats. Republicans were just visitors. My father used to get moving in a car pool when we were growing up in West Long Branch, new jersey. When he got an offer, We moved to Maryland and then he had a international calls solo drive to work. He started taking note of talk radio to pass the time.

    He didn like to waste time so driving and researching talk radio I sure seemed “useful” To them. i thought this was Bob Grant. Bob Grant would have been a bombastic, irritating, Openly racist and prejudiced radio host. and slowly, My dad began to swap.

    Then when he started following Rush Limbaugh, that was when I started getting worried. He hated Bill Clinton with a passion I thought was bordering on disturbed. As for why it happened, when this happens I can only guess. dissimilar my mother, He was easily influenced and seemed to react to anything he thought was not fair or unjust. He was sort of na in a way would tell him a story and he will be a little gullible, Because he had an open a unique character.

    So when Rush Limbaugh told him that poor people and Mexicans and blacks and feminazis were the reason for well, anything and everything, He got mad too and took it up as his cause. I never heard different types of talk against any race or ethnicity. It wasn’t until later that he experienced a radical change.

    I remember one time gather when we went to New York to go to Radio City Music Hall. A black homeless man asked him for cash. my father called him sir and gave him money. That is impressed on my memory. When my dad converted, He became fanatical. He got angrier. After he stopped working, He would sit with the food prep and eat his lunch and listen to Rush Limbaugh for three full hours a day. God forbid you affect Rush. He tried to inject his political views into any verbal exchanges he had, containing anybody. He called Al Gore an even after watching the entire An troublesome Truth then he could not be moved. He also would cater to smokers on smoking. When we would go to cash registers and people sat outside to smoke, He would breathe deeply and exclaim how good it smelled.

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    ROC:the style the forces that you see having changed your father and his behavior?JS: Interesting that you ask that question because it is such a central component in my film. I been told that using the word is a bad idea. But ended up being specific plans drawn up, Some in method, By members of the Republican elite to have a major change from the political direction the country was moving in (Namely more revolutionary) To one with much more emphasis on business through, in large part, The entertainment. Those forces turned into changes in the media and the language and framing of values and messages like media being repeated often. They created scapegoats to blame, And produced a hostility within him towards other people that he felt should be making it on their own excuses! He became convinced that if these folks were suffering it was their own fault.

    ROC:How can media habits actually have such a pronounced effect on people, to restore them so radically?

    JS: By media behavior, I answer as if you mean tuning in or watching habits. In the film, Steve Rendell discusses the personal nature of talk radio. we have an intimate connection between the radio and the listener. As for the effects it has on people, I think any message told repeatedly applies to people. It works in advertising it works in forming one political views.

    ROC:How has your father reacted to your planned film? Is he supportive? Does he think you are area of the “generous media,JS: My dad witnesses that I’m making a film about him. I’m commonly filming something. He’s likes to show off me. We get along great now. I love him to parts. And I won’t give the film away but he is not the same person he was three years ago. my dad has always loved me, But I think had this film been made before his political obsession that love would have been greatly tested.

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