About Christmas & Easter

Seasonal resources that range from personal daily devotions to items which can be used as part of a worship service.

A Lenten Pathway

Contributed by: Rev. Jemma Allen, Diocese of Auckland

The Lenten season can be thought about as us accompanying Jesus on his journey to the cross, or as a pilgrimage of preparation for celebrating Easter. Making a physical pathway for Lent can help make a visual focus for this idea.
The idea is to move along the pathway, Sunday by Sunday, denoting... See more

Carbon Fast for Lent

Contributed by: Jocelyn Czerwonka, Diocese of Waiapu

Lent is the time when we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation. It is a time when we reflect on God’s purpose for our life. Many youth groups take this opportunity to encourage young people to fast from treats like Coke or chocolates or to take... See more

A Resurrection Journey

Contributed by: The Diocese of Auckland

A Resurrection Journey is an online, multi-media journey that takes us from Palm Sunday and runs all the way to Pentecost. That's 57 days of Scripture, prayer practices, questions for reflection and practical action.
Created by the Auckland Diocese, the content is drawn from a range of authors... See more

Burying the Alleluia

Contributed by: Rev Jemma Allen, Diocese of Auckland

In many churches it is the tradition to abstain from saying or singing ‘Alleluia’ during Lent. Lent is a solemn season and we ‘save’ the word 'Alleluia' for our resurrection rejoicing.  'Burying the Alleluia' is an acitvity which can be done during a service... See more

A Journey to Easter

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

A Journey to Easter is an online, multi-media journey to prepare our hearts for Easter.
Be inspired by the Sermon on the Mount, discover new prayer practices, participate in activities and open your heart to the world that we live in.
Created by the Auckland Diocese, the content is drawn... See more

Watch The Lamb

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Bring the moving song "Watch The Lamb" by Ray Boltz to life by inviting members of your youth group and Sunday School to mime/act it out while it plays over your sound system.
Performed on Palm Sunday or during any Easter service, it brings Jesus’ Passion and sacrifice home in a powerful... See more

40 Day Lent Challenge 2015

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Anglican Youth Ministries has created a new 40 Day Lent Challenge for 2015! This year's challenge consists of 40 simple and fun tasks designed to show teenagers what it looks like to love God and love their neighbours.
The team at AYM have stepped it up a level this year too, with an... See more

The Wall

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Young people create a newsprint ‘wall of sin’ to illustrate how sin cuts us off from God and to show how Jesus breaks down the wall between us and God.
You will need: newsprint, vivids, blue-tak or masking tape, a cross, a candle, matches and a good torch.
This works best at night and... See more

40 Day Lent Challenge

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

A 40 Day Lent Challenge designed especially for teenagers!
It encourages young people to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as they journey toward Easter with daily challenges for home, school and the weekend.
We love the 'Foto Friday' photo challenge every Friday, and the Sunday readings from... See more

Mary’s Prayer

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Use this imaginary account of Mary praying for her baby, Jesus, either as a reading or as a dramatic monologue in a service with someone dressed as Mary on a dimly lit stage holding a 'baby' by a straw filled manger.  Based on Mary's Prayer from "It Began in a Manger" by Max Lucado.
God. O... See more