Make TONIGHT special
with a Middle-Eastern meal!

Today is Good Friday and we want to encourage you to make it memorable by enjoying a Middle-Eastern style meal and some videos that will help you reflect on the connection between Passover, Good Friday, and Easter.

Now, ideally you would have some lamb but you could have chicken, falafel, or beef too. Either roast it yourself, see the great deal below offered to us by Mezeh, or support your favorite local kabob house. The point isn’t to be precise, it’s to be different. Special. To ask, why is today different than any other day? We’ve got some resources below to help you with that. If you have any questions, be sure to let us know. 

Oh and by the way - let’s please honor Mezeh’s request to keep this discount within our church - they’ve been really good to us, let’s be really good to them…it’s called a witness. (Smile).

- Pastor Jeff

Here is a list of Passover/Good Friday resources to help you consider the traditional Jewish Passover while keeping in mind the fulfillment in Christ. It’s a "choose your own adventure" model where you can pick the meal and material options that best fit your family and situation! There are meal ideas that range from making your own or having it delivered. There are video and written resources to help you focus on the events of Jesus's life or guide you through a traditional Passover meal if you'd like. We’ve also included some "kid friendly" resources for kids from ages 2-12. 

Review the resources listed below and take a few minutes in advance to plan a fun, memorable, and worshipful Good Friday/Passover meal that will fit your family dynamics and personal level of interest.

At the very bottom, we have laid out some sample "package" options for your consideration, ranging from undemanding to a highly involved experience. Enjoy your evening and let us know if you have any questions!

First, select your meal plan:

Meal Resources:

  • Order/pick up a meal from Mezeh - Mezeh is a Mediterranean grill with several locations and some great food to compliment your Passover meal. They have offered several “promo codes” that allow you to order for groups of 2 up to 8-10 people. Their three stores listed closest to the church are at Springfield Mall, Old Keene Mill & Fair Oaks Mall.
    • Feeding 8-10 People - promo - mezehfamily for $40 off (catering) (normally $95 now $55 plus they’ll do free delivery) best to order a day ahead and minimum of 3 hours ahead required.
    • Feeding 4 People - promo - feedmyfamily for 4 bowls for $30 (Grab & Go)
    • Feeding 3 People - promo - B2G1 (Grab & Go)
    • Feeding 2 People - promo - TCGC (This is a special BOGO deal for our church only)
  • Make your own Meal The top of this article is more background from the writer, but if you scroll towards the bottom you’ll find a list of the meal items that are a part of the traditional Passover.
    • Suggested Ingredients - lamb, Matzoh, parsley, horseradish, mixture of apple/walnut/cinnamon/wine, wine or grape juice

Now, what will guide you through the evening?  Choose a video or written resource (or a few) below!

Video Resources:

  • TBN is making a special showing of the Sight & Sound Production of “Jesus” (2h 20min) this Easter weekend (April 10-12). You may have to sign up for a free account and/or download an app on your TV to take advantage of this. Although this is not a movie specific to Good Friday or Passover (though it includes Good Friday), it is a beautiful adaptation of the Gospel Story of Jesus, sure to engage the whole family and leave you edified and reflecting on the majesty of our God!

Written Resource:


Resources for Kids:

Here are some "package deal" suggestions that may help you in your planning!

Option 1. The Undemanding Option

  • Order some food from Mezeh (you can have it delivered if you are avoiding going out). (Meal Resources #1)
  • While you are eating, watch the Sight & Sound Jesus (2h20m) or the 54min presentation on the Passover (Video Resources #1 or #2)
  • If you have younger kids, you may just go through some of the “Kid Video Resources” and talk with them about what stood out to them about the Passover.

Option 2. The More Involved Option

  • You can make your own Passover Meal (see ingredients and recipe suggestions above) (Meal Resources #2)
  • You can download the “Messianic Family Haggadah” (Written Resource) and follow along with the play-by-play videos (Video Resources #3) as you celebrate the Passover together. 

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