Tomorrow is our day on Creative Holy Week for All Ages – so for those of you who can’t be there, here are all the resources.
- A script for a walk-through of the whole Passion story. This is great for Messy Church or clubs or other settings where the children probably won’t be in church for Holy Week itself and may not get anything between Palm Sunday and Easter (or not even that). This is in the file labelled “Risen With Christ Resource Pack” and is based on the Prayer Walk in Gretchen Wolff Pritchard’s book Risen With Christ, which you can get here. (It’s worth dealing with the antiquated website and having to order by email or post – it’s a very useful book.)
- A summary of how we used the imagery of trees throughout our worship in Lent, Holy Week, and Easter (also in the first file below).
- A plan for an all-age Maundy Thursday service. This works for groups up to about 20 – for larger groups, you’ll need to rework it. We have our all-age service at 5:30 and our main Eucharist at 8 – the all-age service tends to attract families and older people who don’t want to be out late, while the Eucharist gets those in between.
- The Beulah Land Exodus story script, which is used in the Maundy Thursday service.
- The service sheet for my Children’s Stations of the Cross, which provides pretty much everything you need to re-create the service.
- Materials which make the transition period of the Great Vigil of Easter much more interactive and dramatic. Many of these are also based on what’s found in Risen With Christ, which in turn was largely inspired by Rick Fabian and Don Schell, who planted the church of St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco (in this setup, the service starts with the kindling of the New Fire and then moves on to the Old Testament readings, instead of vice versa):
- “The Noble Joseph” – Orthodox Bulgarian chant, used at the end of the Old Testament lessons.
- The Litany of the Saints – used for procession to the font before the Exsultet.
- The Easter Sermon of St. John Chrysostom – used after the Exsultet, culminating in the first proclamation of the resurrection
Don’t forget to also check out my Lent and Easter Pinterest board – and send me anything you find that you think I should add to it!