Rethinking the Egg Hunt & Flowering the Cross

Thanks to Building Faith’s Charlotte Hand Greeson for sharing these two Great Ideas in one.

This is a concise article, with details only where necessary – a quick read for updating two Easter traditions.

Greeson begins with a few tweaks on the standard Egg Hunt, suggesting:

  1. Empty eggs
    Hide only empty eggs, and trade the empty eggs for a treat bag at the end. Set a specific number of eggs for each age group.
  2. Pair up
    Create egg-hunt partners, so that the youngest have someone to help them and the oldest still experience the thrill of the hunt.
  3. Outreach egg hunt
    Shift the focus of your hunt from goodies to good works, like Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in San Diego.
  4. One week later
    Move your egg hunt to the Sunday after Easter, an outward and visible sign of the Great Fifty Days of Easter!

I love this last one! Why crowd it all into one Sunday – especially when everyone, including many secular sites, will host their own egg hunt within days of your Easter celebration. Let your gathering on Easter morning fully focus on Jesus’ resurrection – and save the egg hunt for the next week: an excuse for folx to return not worship/gathering and an opportunity to frame the egg hunt in more meaningful, theologically grounded reasoning that won’t get lost in the hustle and bustle of Easter Morning.

Greeson’s second suggestion is Flowering the Cross.

She writes, ‘From empty frame to profusion of blooms, nothing illustrates Christ conquering death like Flowering the Cross. If your church does not yet participate in this tradition, you’ll need to think out each step’ – which she then assists, covering the following:

  • Timing and logistics
  • Appoint helpers
  • Blooms aplenty
  • Incorporate mite boxes
  • Good Friday connection

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Here’s another form of Flowering:

A twist on Flowering the Cross is Flowering the Sanctuary. This was my home congregation’s tradition (shout out to Christ Lutheran, Stoughton, WI!!) and one I took with me to every community I served.

At the first service on Easter Morning people enter the sanctuary in darkness – lights off and bare from the Maundy Thursday stripping of the altar.

During the Processional, sacristans, youth, children, parents – whomever you want – join in Flowering the Sanctuary: bringing in paraments, candles, communion elements, and flowers galore.

Flowering the Cross can certainly be a part of this – though I didn’t encounter this tradition until internship at Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Seaside, OR (shout out!!)

Growing up, our cross was always draped in black on Good Friday. During our Sunrise Service sanctuary re-do, the draping was changed to white.

Flowers can be placed everywhere: around the font; on or beside the table; in front of the pulpit and/or lectern; at the foot of the cross, etc.

Lights get turned on as the decor is changed.

The sanctuary is transformed from the dark of the tomb to the bright of Easter morning!

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Greeson concludes her post writing, ‘However you choose to incorporate and channel the excitement of Easter morning, do it intentionally, with love and the full knowledge that death has been defeated. Christ is Risen. Alleluia!’

Read her full post here.