A few years ago, a poll asking 2,000 parents across the UK discovered that almost 79% of children do not know the true meaning of Easter; a quarter thinking it is to celebrate the Easter bunny’s birthday and more than 25% believing it celebrated the date chocolate was invented! It is likely this number has increased since then.
One in three British children aged eight to fifteen don’t know why we celebrate Good Friday, while for Easter Sunday it’s one in four. Research carried out by YouGov for the Bible Society revealed that children are bewildered by the Easter story; confusing it with other parts of the Bible, Aesop’s fables, and even fairy tales, with a quarter believing the Golden Goose and the Hare and the Tortoise may feature in the Easter story. These findings are supported by the Bible Society’s earlier ‘Pass it On’ report, in which 43% of eight to fifteen-year olds indicated they had never read, seen or heard the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus. Similarly, 71% of parents with children aged three to fifteen indicated they didn’t think their child had ever read, seen or heard the story.
Christmas and Easter celebrate key truths of the Christian message, but Christmas is much more popular than Easter – especially in terms of its commercial sales. Sadly, many do not always know the true meaning of Christmas and it is becoming more secular with little reference to its truths.
We at Doncaster Evangelical Church invite you to our Easter services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as to the family event on Wednesday 17th April, when we will celebrate and remind ourselves of the amazing truths behind why we celebrate Easter. While serious things will be looked at, there will certainly be joy and celebration as we proclaim again the Good News of all Jesus accomplished in His life, death and resurrection. The church declares this Good News at all times, but we will certainly focus on such at Easter.
You are welcome to join with us as we look again at what Easter is about and we celebrate the only One to conquer death and who can give us the hope of eternal life which we can begin to enjoy now.
“Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures”
1 Corinthians 15v3-4