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Suggestions for Holy Week at Home!

I am writing to share some ideas that you may choose to use with your family during this Holy Week.  I know it doesn't quite feel like Easter is coming without being able to worship in person, but hopefully some of these suggestions will make for some meaningful connections with your families.  

The graphic above shares information about online worship options during Holy Week.  We hope you will join us online!
Maundy Thursday:
  • Read: "The Last Supper", which can be found in all four Gospels, including the book of Mark 14:10-32.  In your Spark Story Bible, the story is on page 462.
     
  • Do: Jesus showed love to his disciples by washing their feet.  Follow Jesus' example with your family!  Fill a basin with warm water, grab a towel, and take turns washing each other's feet.  Tell each other what you love about each other during the foot washing. (from the Spark Devotions For Kids, p. 173) 

    If you'd like to add a "dramatic" element to this, check out this skit.
     
  • Talk: Chat about these questions from the NW Synod of WI.
    • What is your favorite kind of bread? Who do you enjoy sharing bread with?
    • Do you have a special or favorite prayer you say before your meals?
    • What do you do to show others that you love them?
    • How do you think the disciples felt during the last supper?
    • How do you feel when you share Holy Communion with others?
       
  • Cook: You could make unleavened bread together, and "break bread" together at your supper that evening.  One recipe you may try is How to Make Communion Bread.
     
  • Art: Click the link below for some coloring pages for Maundy Thursday from the NW WI Synod.
     
  • Worship: Set up an altar area near where you will live stream the services for the weekend.  Drape your table with the color for Maundy Thursday - red or white cloth are appropriate.  Add a small bowl with water as a reminder of your baptism.  Add a small candle to light as you worship.  Add a small cross to the space.
Good Friday:
  • Read: "The Day Jesus Died", which can be found in all four Gospels, including the book of Mark 15:21-47.  In your Spark Story Bible, the story is on page 476.
     
  • Do: Weather permitting, enjoy a Nature Scavenger Hunt, printable from the Unlikely Homeschool
     
  • Talk: Chat about these questions from the NW Synod of WI.
    • What do you feel when hearing this story?
    • What piece of the story speaks to you today? What might God be saying?
    • How do you cope with sadness and grief? Who in your life helps to support you during those difficult times?
    • Where or why might others be sad or grieving right now? How is God calling us to respond?
    • What gives you hope when difficult things happen?
       
  • Craft: Make salt dough crosses – keep them undecorated for Good Friday and then decorate them for Easter Sunday (recipe on page 7 of this link)
     
  • Art: Click the link below for a coloring page for Good Friday (page 7 of this link)
     
  • Worship: Set up an altar area near where you will live stream the services for the weekend.  Drape your table with the color for Good Friday - black cloth, or an empty table, are appropriate.  Add a small bowl with water as a reminder of your baptism.  Add a small candle to light as you worship.  Add a small cross to the space, as well as some wood and nails.
Easter Sunday:
  • Read: "The Empty Tomb", which can be found in all four Gospels, including the book of Mark 16:1-8.  In your Spark Story Bible, the story is on page 482.
     
  • Do: The women who visited Jesus' tomb couldn't wait to tell the good news.  Remember them while playing this "hurry up" game.  Go outside and form two teams for a relay race.  Take turns racing to a certain point and back while carrying an egg on a spoon.  The first team to have all its members finish the relay - without breaking an egg - wins!  (from the Spark Devotions For Kids, p. 179) 
     
  • Talk: Chat about these questions from the NW Synod of WI.
    • What is your favorite part of the Easter story?
    • How would you have felt if you had been with the women that morning at the tomb?
    • What is your favorite Easter tradition? Favorite Easter memory?
    • What does Jesus’ resurrection mean to you? How would you explain it to others?
       
  • Art: Illustrated Children's Ministry created a new FREE Alleluia poster for you to print and color!
     
  • Worship: Set up an altar area near where you will live stream the services for the weekend.  White is the color for Easter.  Add a small bowl with water as a reminder of your baptism.  Add a small candle to light as you worship.  You may have your children create some Easter lilies as a craft!
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