How to Make the Most out of Your Easter Service

Written by Raul Rivera on Apr 18, 2019 in Pastoral Helps

Easter is one of my favorite holidays! And for churches, Easter is the biggest Sunday of the year for a few reasons. The first is because it’s the Sunday on which the Church celebrates the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Secondly, this is also the Sunday when churches experience the highest number of attendees all year. 

Many individuals who attend Easter service have not been to church since Christmas or last Easter. Families who have been out of church for a while, or who have never attended church, tend to select Easter Sunday as the day when they will visit. Perhaps they do so because they think it will be easy to blend in and not look out of place. 

Whatever the reason is for them choosing to attend on Easter Sunday, I ask you the following questions:

  • Are you prepared? 
  • Is your church ready to meet them where they are and make them feel welcomed? 
  • Do you have enough volunteers to greet them with a friendly smile?
  • Do you have anything special planned that will strongly encourage them to return before Christmas or next Easter? 

If you have not considered these questions before, below are five easy and creative ideas that will help you make the most of your Easter service.

Making your Easter service memorable

1. Set up a photo booth

Since everyone tends to wear their finest on Easter Sunday, what better way to serve those in attendance than with an opportunity to have a photo taken using a photo booth. This does not have to be as complicated as it may seem. 

Create a space where people can have their picture taken by someone within your church. You may even want to provide a few props for them to use if they wish to take a silly photo. If you do not have anyone in your church available to take the pictures, you can simply download a photo booth app such as Evite Photo Booth for Apple products or Party Photo Booth for Android tablets. You will only need to download the app on one device for your church attendees to use.

2. Provide a special treat or a fun giveaway for those in attendance

In addition to the coffee that your church may already serve on Sundays, you may want to consider providing a special treat, such as cupcakes, for when the service is over. Remember, Easter is a day to celebrate the undeniable truth that Jesus defeated death, hell, and the grave. I cannot think of a better reason to throw a party!

You may also want to consider providing your members and attendees with a fun giveaway. This giveaway could be a T-shirt, sunglasses, or water bottle with your church’s logo on it. By doing something like this, you are providing an opportunity for your members and those in attendance to take ownership in your church, and it is also an easy way to get your church’s name out in the community. 

3. Ramp up the excitement in children's ministry

One of the best ways to turn visitors into regular church attendees is to get the kids excited about coming to church. Presenting the gospel in fun and exciting ways that kids can relate to is undeniably effective. When the kids have fun and are excited about going to church, then it is the parents who have to bring them.

To ramp up the excitement on Easter Sunday, you may want to consider renting a few bounce houses for the kids to enjoy after the service.

4. Make sure you have enough volunteers in place

The Apostle Paul uses the illustration of one body with many parts to describe the Church in 1 Corinthians 12. As a body requires many parts to properly function, so does your church.

Make sure you have enough volunteers scheduled to serve that day and be sure that everyone is greeted with a warm smile and feels welcomed. This is especially important for first-time visitors since you will want to make the best first impression possible.

5. Include a creative element in your sermon presentation

I want to make it clear that I am in no way indicating you need to water down the gospel in your sermon. Rather, I am suggesting that you allow your creative juices to get flowing so you can add an extra element in how you present the gospel that really hits home with those in attendance.

People are captivated by a good story, especially when it is a story that they can directly relate to. For example, as a part of your sermon, you could show a testimony video of how someone’s life was changed when that person met Jesus. Or, you could include the involvement of several people in your church who could briefly share their testimonies. The possibilities are endless.

No matter what you choose to include in your sermon or how you decide to present it, the most important thing is that you present the gospel according to the Word of God. As it says in Hebrews 4:12,

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

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Raul Rivera

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