It’s Eastertide. What’s that? Eastertide is the fifty days the church observes between the eve of Easter and the celebration of Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see the book of Acts chapter 2). What do ‘Easter people’ do during this time? I’m so glad you asked!
Eastertide is more than just an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the early church, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the Christian faith and prepare for baptism as the rite to join the church. Initially, the period of time leading from Easter to Pentecost was devoted to faith formation of new Christians. Today it is time devoted to deepening Christian discipleship in the church for all people in every stage of faith formation.
At West Side we are celebrating Eastertide with baptisms, youth confirmation, and faith formation around some of the most pressing issues facing the church today including racism and human suffering. If you’re looking for ideas about how you might deepen your walk with Christ and His church in this season here are Ten Eastertide Ideas:
- Pray for opportunities to ask somebody new about their story. Practice good listening skills. Listen intently. Ask questions about what you don’t understand.
- Explore the ancient tradition of church membership. Come to Being Presbyterian 101.
- Become a student of a social issue that concerns you. Read broadly about it from a variety of viewpoints. Ask an elder or pastor for their point of view. Learn from others who don’t look like you.
- Sing a new song to the Lord. Staying in tune is optional. Bless the Lord with a grateful heart.
- Celebrate Ascension Day on May 10, the 40th day of Eastertide.
- Read “Growing Young” to learn about practices that help today’s churches thrive.
- Learn from minorities. Try to see the world from a dissimilar perspective.
- Write a Thank You note to a Sunday School teacher.
- Be encouraged by a teenager, attend Quest Youth Confirmation Sunday, May 6.
- In honor of Pentecost spend time in a setting that is new to you. Visit a playground, restaurant, or grocery store in an unfamiliar cultural setting. Bring a friend. Make a friend.
In whatever way you choose to celebrate Eastertide know this, the risen Lord Jesus Christ is with you. He is risen! He is risen indeed.
~ Pastor Shari