How to make an Easter Garden
The aim of this exercise is to make a small model representing Good Friday and Easter. Ideally it will include the hill with three crosses (Jesus was crucified with two other men, one on each side), and also the garden where he was laid to rest. You might want some distance between the two.
Find the largest tray you can. It might be from the kitchen, baking cupboard, or an old drawer, or a box with low sides.
Gather some dirt to fill it so you have some earth from which to mould your landscape.
Choose one end to be the hill and the crucifixion, and add more dirt to create a mound, representing the hill on which Jesus was crucified. Make three crosses and put them in place – these represent Jesus and the two criminals who were crucified alongside him. The story of the crucifixion can be found in the Bible in Matthew chapter 27, verses 32-56, Mark 15: 21-41, Luke 23: 33-49 or John 19: 7-37.
At the other end, try to recreate the garden where Jesus was buried, and the tomb.
We know the tomb was made of rock, so perhaps gather rocks to create a tomb. Effectively you are trying to create a cave, or space, where Jesus’ body would have been laid. Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus’s body from the cross and took it to the tomb (Matthew 27: 57-61), Luke 23: 50-56, Mark 15: 42-47 and John 19:38-42). You could consider placing a small shrouded figure inside the tomb before you seal it. This garden area can be decorated to look nice.
Imagine the landscape of time, and decorate your garden as you like.
Don’t forget that on Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, you can roll the stone away, as Jesus will rise and the tomb will be empty. The story of Easter morning is found in the Bible in Matthew 28: 1-10, Mark 16: 1-11, Luke 24: 1-12 or John 20:1-18.
We’ve created a short video with instructions.