You might pray that the person stays healthy and well fed during Holy Week. Then brainstorm what items you could include in the box to represent those prayers. Here are some ideas:
A Holy (and FULL) Week For Church Leaders
For many church leaders, it doesn't get busier than Holy Week. From clergy to musicians, formation leaders, and administrative staff, everyone works overtime at the end of Lent to make sure the church community has meaningful experiences leading up to Easter.
Make a Holy Week Survival Care Package
Here are some suggestions for creating a care package for one (or more) of your church clergy and staff. This gift could be put together by children, youth, adults, or an intergenerational group.
If you have time, ask the group to come up with a list of prayers for the person during Holy Week. For example, you might pray that the person stays healthy and well fed during Holy Week. Then brainstorm what items you could include in the box to represent those prayers. Here are some ideas:
Care Package Items (Arranged by Prayer Intention)
May You Be Healthy
• Hand sanitizer or soap
• Water bottle for hydration
• Cough drops
May You Be Well Nourished
• Healthy snacks
• List of recipes for Holy Week with grocery list
May You Be Present
• Inspirational quote or Bible verse
(Make it a magnet: decorate, laminate, and glue magnet on the back)
May You Be Centered
• Printed prayers
May You Be Caffeinated
• Gift certificate to coffee shop
May You Be Rested
• Small pillow
• Bath bomb
• Essential oil
May You Feel Loved
Consider surprising your ministry leader(s) with this gift, perhaps delivering it as a group to show how much you care. If you cannot make a care package, remember that a written card – or even a thoughtful email – can go a long way. Tell your minister, administrator, music director, or Christian educator how much you appreciate them. Keep them in your prayers for Holy Week.
Sarah Bentley Allred is an MDiv. student at Virginia Theological Seminary. Previously, Sarah served for four years as Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point, North Carolina. She loves local coffee shops, board games, the beach, and exploring new places with her husband, Richard, and their dog, Grace.