American Heritage Girls Offers Ideas for Families Celebrating the Season from Home
March 29, 2021
CINCINNATI, Ohio — Many families across the world may be celebrating the Easter season from home again this year instead of attending church services and family gatherings. “While we know that Christ is always with us, some parents may need to look for ways to help their family celebrate Christ’s resurrection and hope in Him a little differently on this year’s significant Resurrection Sunday,” states Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls (AHG, http://www.americanheritagegirls.org). “Parents play a part in shaping their children’s memories – make it one of hope and togetherness.”
AHG shares with families a list of some of their favorite ideas to make this Easter the most meaningful and memorable ever:
- Study Scripture together. Reading the account of Jesus’ death and resurrection with your family is an obvious choice. Does your church have a Scripture reading plan for Easter Week? If not, here are the verse references in each of the Gospels: Matthew Chapter 21 (Palm Sunday) and Chapters 26-28; Mark Chapter 11 (Palm Sunday) and Chapters 14-16; Luke Chapter 19 (Palm Sunday) and Chapters 22-24; and John Chapter 12 (Palm Sunday) and Chapters 18-20.
- Take to the kitchen. There are oodles of Easter-themed baked goods from which to choose! Empty Tomb Cakes, Resurrection Rolls, and Hot Cross Buns are some of our favorites. Let your children use their creativity to figure out how to decorate their treats and enjoy the sweet time together in the kitchen.
- Make a playlist. Psalm 147:1, NIV tells us: “How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!” Task each member of your family with choosing his or her favorite worship song to create a playlist. Come Easter morning, turn up the volume and have a sing-a-long praise fest together!
- Reinvent Sunday School. Use Resurrection Eggs to teach the story of Easter to your younger children! Resurrection eggs are a set of plastic Easter eggs that each have a little symbol inside that tells part of the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. If you don’t have time to order a set, go on a family scavenger hunt! What can you find around the house to fill your eggs?
- Start a family Prayer Book or Prayer Jar. As a family, write your prayer requests on pieces of paper and put them in a jar, or write them down in a book. Once a month, go back through your prayers as a family and praise God for the ways that he has answered them. Throughout the Bible, we see that remembering the miracles God has performed and the prayers He has answered renews the strength, hope, and courage of His people. The Raising Godly Girls Blog on the American Heritage Girls website has resources for Easter themed devotional posts and audio features on prayer and Christian values.
American Heritage Girls was founded by a group of parents wanting a faith-based, scout-type character development program for their daughters in 1995. American Heritage Girls across the nation and the globe participate in badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences, all with an emphasis on Christian values and family involvement.
In addition to the biblically based parenting advice shared in the Raising Godly Girls blog and radio features, American Heritage Girls provides a community experience in a Troop setting. Girls benefit from Christ-centered friendships and mentors to assist them in becoming Godly girls.
Today there are Troops in all 50 states and in 15 countries around the world through the Trailblazer Program. A variety of Christian denominations are also represented as Charter Organizations for Troops. There are thousands of volunteer members across the country helping girls to grow in their faith, cultivate a heart for service, enjoy the great outdoors, and have more fun than they can imagine.
To schedule interviews with Patti Garibay, founder and executive director of American Heritage Girls (AHG, www.americanheritagegirls.org), contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Marjorie Pratt, 610.584.1096, ext. 107, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.