Easter 2021 looks set to be, for much of the world, still somewhat different to what we would hope for. With this in mind, we have put together resources to help you share the good news of this important part of the Christian calendar, and to reflect on its message.
General Brian Peddle's Easter message for 2021 can be found below, with subtitles in various languages (press the 'CC' buttton on the player to choose).
Great Easter Trail
International Headquarters is encouraging the use of creative storytelling in bringing the Easter message to communities around the world.
In many countries, Easter 2021 is likely to be subject to restrictions on gathering and movement, as the fight against COVID-19 continues. Against this backdrop, it is still important to share the hope and life-giving power of the Easter message – even when it is not possible to undertake public witness and worship in the usual ways.
It’s back to basics – bringing the Bible to where people are, in a way that will engage, encourage and challenge them!
- Download the information pack, giving you more information about the Great Easter Trail 2021 (PDF, 1.6MB)
We know of the inexhaustible creativity, gifting and talents that exist within Salvation Army corps right around the world. This is their moment! In the lead up to Easter, we would like to encourage anyone with artistic ability to create something that depicts part of the Easter story. Share your artwork based on the Easter narrative online with the hashtag #GreatEasterTrail.
Be empowered to be as diverse in this remit as possible. Ideas include:
- Painting/drawing – realistic and abstract
- Knitted/fabric models
- Papier mâché/clay/Plasticine/wireframe models
- Digital art (displayed via PowerPoint on a screen in a window, for example)
- Video montages
- Large-scale physical scenes made from wood, metal, hay or other materials
- Graffiti/spray paints
…but be as creative as possible, using styles, techniques and approaches that will surprise, delight and make people think.
You are free to explore your selected station(s) however you wish. The following examples of Easter creativity give you a flavour of the possibilities. Use them to inspire, but do not feel you need to copy – be imaginative!
You might choose to use video, displayed in a public place. This example is illustrating John 19:16-18. See this video at sar.my/jesuscarriesthecross – you are welcome to download it to use in your own station.
Why not try model-making – you could even use plastic bricks like Lego or Meccano. Here, The Brick Testament uses Lego to bring Matthew 26:20 to life in model form. See http://thebricktestament.com/the_life_of_jesus/the_last_supper/mt26_20.html for inspiration!