‘Holy Week’

A Good Friday Meditation: Could Peter Forgive Himself?

Remorse, repentance, self-forgiveness. Peter leads us to consider all of these practices. On Good Friday, can we repent, stick with Jesus, and find forgiveness?

Maundy Thursday at Home: Stripping the Table

Bring the solemnity of Maundy Thursday home by ‘stripping’ your kitchen table and putting away ornaments and flowers from Thursday through Holy Saturday.

A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Fasting

The main purpose of fasting involves the question: What I am desiring to be filled with? Learn about planning your fast, and tips for moving though it.

Holy Week in a Box

Holy Week in a Box uses simple objects, tucked into a small box, and scripture, to tell the story of Jesus’ last week.

Finding Jesus in Egg Hunts and Easter Baskets

Two posts to help families and churches add Christian depth and teaching to Egg Hunts and Easter Baskets.

A Lego Journey through Holy Week

A creative way to journey through Holy Week with kids. Read scripture each day, and build a Lego scene to portray the story.

Holy Week with Children

Guiding children through Jesus’ last days is a special privilege. These Holy Week worship services, tips, and talking points are invaluable.

Holy Week Art Project: Making Easter Flags

Tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection with each flag-making step. Flags may be made on Palm Sunday, or earlier, and displayed Easter morning.

Creative Ideas for Children’s Ash Wednesday and Holy Week Services

Interactive and age appropriate worship ideas to help children understand and experience Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.

Holy Week at Home: Family Practices for the Triduum

There are many ways to bring the fullness of Holy Week into the home. Try these specific activities for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with your household.

Talking with Children about Holy Week

Sometimes an article is so good, that we just have to repost it. In 2011 Elizabeth Windsor shared her thoughts on Holy Week, the cross, and children. Offering practical tips, along with general wisdom, this short article should be read by every teacher and leader who works with children.

Holy Week Service of Tenebrae: Props, Movement and Imagery

Carolyn Brown offers this brilliant way of using visual props to make a Holy Week service (Tenebrae) come alive. For children and intergenerational groups.

Father Forgive Them: A Good Friday Meditation

“Father forgive them, for they do not what they are doing.” These words were spoken by Jesus from the cross, where, in this movie, Roman guards and a few Jewish on-lookers stood. I am not a Roman soldier or a Jew who asked for Jesus to be crucified. But I know I am an oppressor when I put other people down, when I hurt them physically, emotionally, or spiritually. We are, each of us, oppressors, when we don’t treat other human beings with respect, dignity, and a sense of belonging. We are the oppressors who need God’s forgiveness.

A Story for Holy Week: “Ragman”

This is Holy Week, and many of you out there might be wondering what you might share with your Bible study, small group, youth group, or other group.

For you preachers out there, you may be looking a list of services and plugging in sermons, illustrations, and messages.
Or perhaps you are simply trying to faithfully observe Holy Week (not simple at all!) and looking for some extra inspiration.Here is a powerful short story you can use.

Maundy Thursday with Children

Maundy Thursday comes alive with three stations: meal with communion; tracing feet; and foot washing. Practical suggestions for the event.

Children’s Stations of the Cross

Practical advice and suggestions for offering a stations of the cross service for children and families.

Holy Week Through the Eyes of Youth

Holy Week is a time to stay current and connected to your youth. Consider with the youth ways in which twenty-first century discipleship calls us to go to the cross. What are the crosses youth will need to bear in the twenty-first century?

Good Friday Through the Eyes of a Child

Children will be thinking bunny rabbits, Easter eggs and baskets, and time home from school. It is also the time to instill in them through prayer and practice the importance of Holy Week in their faith.

Holy Week, the Cross, and Children

The events of Jesus’ death are shocking and violent, but we cannot fully live into Easter if we have not experienced Jesus’ death. There are ways to approach this with children that make it easier to share the whole story.

Age-Appropriate Music for Holy Week and Easter

With Holy Week and Easter soon upon us, here are some selections that work well in All-Age Worship.