Every year at Nutfield Church school we have an Easter Garden competition. After the Faith Team have judged the Easter Gardens, they are displayed at St. Peter and St. Paul’s church in Nutfield. Sadly this wasn’t possible this year, however each class did manage to make their own Easter Garden instead to celebrate Holy Week.
Similar to the Nativity scene at Christmas, an Easter Garden is the recreation of Christ’s tomb. An Easter garden has three essential features: a mound with at least one cross to represent Calvary; a stone or stone structure to suggest the empty tomb; and lots of live greenery and flowers.
Before making the Easter Garden, children read together the stories of Jesus’ last days in Matthew chapters 26 – 27. Children then went on a nature walk around the school grounds to find small tones, sticks a large stone and some soil in order to create their garden.
As the children made their Easter Gardens they thought about the following questions:
- Why did Jesus pray to God in the Garden of Gethsemane?
- How did Jesus feel when his friends betrayed him?
- What happened to Jesus on the cross?
- Why don’t we put Jesus in the tomb in our Easter Garden?
- Why do Christians take communion to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?
The gardens were judged by Faith Team and the results were announced in our Easter Service, which took place outside on the last day of term.