Mary Deckert

Mary Deckert has over 40 years’ experience in multiple communications and strategic functions including leadership, marketing, crisis management, creative and problem-solving roles in government and business (both private and public sectors); for-profit and ... read more

The Ultimate Guide to Free Easter Resources for Churches

Easter is one of our favorite times of the year, and not just because we love chocolate and jelly beans.

Yes, it can be hectic, especially for church leaders, but it’s the start of new life – for believers, for God’s creation, and hopefully for your church as well.

Since we’re committed to helping churches get more visitors … every … single … week – Easter is a prime target for drawing in the multitudes. In many ways, it even trumps Christmas!

We know, you’ve barely emerged from all the Christmas/New Year’s holiday mayhem intact, not to mention the continuing COVID challenges.  How can we expect you to even be thinking about Easter when it’s still months away? Quite simply, we don’t – we’ve done the thinking, and more importantly, the hard work, of preparing your communications for Easter!

It’s called The Ultimate Easter Kit, and it’s our gift to you this season.

All you have to do is take what we’ve created, put your church’s name and information in, and you’re done! It’s that simple.

As part of our love for serving churches by creating free church resources for Easter, we’ve amassed a huge amount of Easter-related resources on the CMU site.  We realize it can be overwhelming. This guide is meant to help you quickly navigate those resources so you can focus on ministry instead of communications or marketing.

In addition, we’ve gathered resources from high-quality, trusted partners who have a deep burden to help churches reach out to their communities and make disciples.

We’ve only listed resources that are free of charge to churches for Easter, so your only commitment is to create a relationship with those providers to copy & implement the resources they offer as well. It’s why we call this your One-Stop Free Easter Resource Guide.

All-Your-Church-Needs Free Easter Resources

The CMU Ultimate Easter Kit comes full of everything you need to promote, communicate and reach out to your community during the Easter season.  You’ll save weeks of work, look like a genius, and reach TWO TIMES more people on Easter.  Our team has done the work for you, so you can focus on preaching the gospel and celebrating more lives changed.

The best part? There are 3 beautiful designs to choose from this year- totally FREE!

Life.Church Open Network Free Church Easter Resources: Share the victory of Jesus’ death and resurrection with your church this Easter. Download graphics, songs, videos, kids lessons, and their newest resource containing five tips to help you prepare to tackle your Easter services with excellence!

For Ministry Resources is focused on providing resources for youth ministry and in its Free Easter Basket of Resources offers sermon series, small group series, devotionals, graphics, social media posts, branding packs, and leadership resources.

Gateway Church offers its Resource Library full of sermons, worship resources, and teachings for children and adults.

Pro Church Media offers an array of coaching, graphics, social media, templates & ideas. 

Vous Friends and Family is a new and growing resource hub created by Vous Church in Miami, Florida. They release quality leadership content and resources created for their in-person and online audience totally free for church leadership.

Easter is a great time for intentional church outreach. It’s one of the few times of year that people already have church on their minds. The Malphurs Group put together this 10 Easter Outreach Ideas Guide to help you to brainstorm how your church can reach more people this spring!

Free Church Graphics for Easter

Ministry Designs offers its library of graphics free to churches, including worship backgrounds, motion backgrounds, stock photos, high-quality sermon series bundles, graphics for your social media posts, church marketing materials or flyers for your church, and much more. Here’s their library of Easter offerings.

Church Media Drop offers graphic templates and inspiration for messages, as well as Easter-specific graphics.

Canva offers Graphic Design software free for nonprofits.

And of course, The Ultimate Easter Kit has 3 free design options to choose from for your church Easter graphics!

Free Kids Easter Ministry Resources

How to Create a Virtual Easter Egg Hunt.  Sometimes all you need are a few ideas to bring excitement back to your Children’s Ministry team, and this one is definitely creative! 

Children’s Ministry Deals: Free videos, lessons, programs & skits, curriculum, activity sheets, games, and more for Easter 2022.

Lessons.Church offers free curriculum for churches.

YM360 has a free Easter lesson.

Yancy Ministries offers a kids Easter Worship playlist as well as other resources.

Ministry to Children has lessons, crafts, printables, songs, and games — all 100% free, as well as open forums discussing Easter challenges.  

Ministry Spark offers 12 resources for Easter, including Easter Sunday preschool & elementary lessons, coloring pages, games, crafts & activities, over 40 stories about Jesus that will become your new Easter traditions. They also offer pre-Easter materials for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday & Good Friday.

“Systems” Resources:

We asked our favorite people – the Pastors and Leaders in the Church Marketers Facebook Group – for their favorite free Easter resources. Here’s what they offered:

  • Project Management/Teamwork Software: Trello. Keeps communication open. Keeps people accountable to tasks. Makes sure tasks are being done. Easy to follow once set up.
  • Follow Up: “The most impactful resource I’ve used for events is Text in Church. We use it for signup/registration/plan your visit and then communication before and after the event.” While TIC isn’t “free” per se, they do offer churches a free trial, so check it out for Easter and see if it fits your church’s mission and culture.

Other Free Church Resources (For Easter and Beyond!)

The Google Ad Grant offers free advertising to churches and nonprofits.  Check to see if you’re eligible here.  

Church Tech Today offers advice in a number of articles about how you can make the most of the Easter season, covering social media, guest followup, engaging first-time visitors, volunteer coordination, and even the best Easter films.

Dive Deeper Into Easter Marketing with CMU

If you’re passionate about marketing/communications and you have the staff/volunteers to pull it off, dig deeper into the “why” behind the ”what” to learn how to bring your church to the next level, not just for Easter, but all major “Events” you may host: