What was Sticky-Faith-ish about your Easter service?

Kara Powell | Apr 21, 2014

I’m proud of how Sticky Faith-ish my church’s Easter service was yesterday. We have been moving toward periodic intergenerational worship services, and Easter was a great example of how to bring the generations together.

  • Teenagers were encouraged to greet before the service, so our son showed up an hour early to stand outside of the worship service and say, “Happy Easter”. No one would accuse him of being overly enthusiastic in his greetings, but I was proud of him and our church to have two seventh grade boys standing in one of the high traffic areas of our church plaza.
  • The service opened with a 3 minute animation about Jesus, which our 2 girls said over lunch was their favorite part of the service.
  • The songs were fairly familiar to my kids, making it easier for them to sing along (which was my son’s favorite part of the service).
  • One of the main worship leaders was the spouse of the Junior High Pastor, making an immediate connection for my son.
  • One of the pastors specifically mentioned that one of our church’s values was to unite different slices of our culture, whether generational, ethnic, or socio-economic.

But probably my favorite Sticky Faith/intergenerational moment from yesterday was the program they gave to the kids. It was better than what my kids get at most restaurants, and came with crayons and stickers. Granted, somehow the stickers ended up on our bathroom floor by yesterday afternoon. But I love the creativity of our children’s department and the prompts they included in this colorful, well-designed piece for kids:

  • Draw Jesus and Pilate.
  • Draw the crowd shouting, “Crucify him!”
  • Draw Jesus with people when they didn’t understand that He was the Messiah.
  • How would people’s faces look when they didn’t see He is God?
  • Draw Jesus alive!

The only problem with these children’s programs was that the church didn’t have enough. Apparently we ran out of them during the second service!

Let’s learn from each other – ideas relevant not jut for Easter, but other church gatherings and worship services.

What did your church do to build Sticky Faith this Easter?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.

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