Our best Holy Week posts for creating meaningful liturgies at church and at home, with practices for youth groups, children’s church, and the home.
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Holy Week is a time to invite, to encourage, and to propose. Consider with the ways in which twenty-first century discipleship calls us to the cross.
A family-friendly service walks participants through Jesus’ last days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with stories, songs and lots of movement. Older children take on roles that help us imagine ourselves in the scene.
As the calendar draws near to Lent, many churches and individuals are looking for books and resources for the journey. Paraclete Press has new offerings for Lent, as well as trusted favorites. From books to CDs… children to adults… there is something for everyone.
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 uses simple objects, tucked into a small box, and scripture, to tell the story of Jesus’ last week.
A creative way to journey through Holy Week with kids. Read scripture each day, and build a Lego scene to portray the story.
Guiding children through Jesus’ last days is a special privilege. These Holy Week worship services, tips, and talking points are invaluable.
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.
Interactive and age appropriate worship ideas to help children understand and experience Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.
The Wednesday in Holy Week is called Spy Wednesday for Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Amy Montanez asks us to reflect on betrayal, and God’s faithful call.
Carolyn Brown offers this brilliant way of using visual props to make a Holy Week service (Tenebrae) come alive. For children and intergenerational groups.
Make durable Easter butterflies that are fun for all ages, decorate the church garden, and symbolize the resurrection of Jesus.
“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.
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 comes alive with three stations: meal with communion; tracing feet; and foot washing. Practical suggestions for the event.
Practical advice and suggestions for offering a stations of the cross service for children and families.
Something for everyone. Nourishment for spirits of all ages. Perhaps not the quiet and contemplative Advent event I thought I should offer (and, subsequently, that they should want), but what they actually need, want, and will appreciate.
Here and now
is Christ risen,
and that is all we have,
The Great Vigil of Easter is the culmination of the Triduum, one three-day service during Holy Week, the week Christians commemorate the final days of Jesus. It is one of the busiest times of the year for many clergy with services each day. This year, it also coincided with the anniversary of John’s death, which would lead to the anniversary of my grandmother’s death and the anniversary of my step-grandmother’s sudden death. Just to add to the stress, my stepfather was beginning the first of two serious surgeries for blood clots in his legs.