Just so they didn’t get buried in a regular Six New Things, here are some last-minute quick ideas for an engaging, eventful Holy Week and Easter!

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Tips & How-Tos for including children – and all generations – in Holy Week abound. Three solid articles full of good suggestions:

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It’ll help if you’ve got Interactive Intergenerational Holy Week Liturgies and/or liturgical elements:

  • Michel Le Gribble pairs key Holy Week texts with yoga in her Palm Sunday, The Three Holy Days, and Resurrection Sunday series.
  • Rev. Elsa Cook keeps coming up with new additions to her Pandemic Prayers series. Find the latest for Holy Week and Easter – and the whole archive – in her blog.
  • Illustrated Ministries offers all sorts of inserts, coloring pages, and prompts in their Illustrated Holy Week offerings.
  • And The Ministry Lab’s Rev. Emily Meyer has created Go Out with Joy, including: a full Palm Sunday outdoor liturgy; Monday-thru-Wednesday activities to prepare for a Good Friday Stations of the Cross (indoor/at-home or outdoor gathered); Maundy Thursday suggestions; and full liturgies for both the Easter Vigil (outdoor in-person or online) and Easter Morning – all compiled in both a leader and family packets.

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We’ve found and shared several Interactive Intergenerational Great Ideas specific to Easter celebrations:

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Some really creative folks are offering fantastic Easter Pageants:

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In case you want to share them for Children’s Time, as gifts, or suggest them to parents, some favorite Easter Children’s Books are:

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If a video or film would spark up your celebrations, check out:

  • “Ms. Suzy’s” (Susan Hofflander) Easter video, posting soon on her YouTube channel; it’ll be #9 in her series spanning Christmas to Easter.
  • The Work of the People have thoughtful videos spanning Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Morning (along with appropriate liturgical pieces).
  • Illustrated Ministry offers Stations of the Cross worship videos with accompanying liturgical script and reflection booklets).
  • And just in case you’ve never heard of it, a fun film to share with everyone is Rise of the Guardians: it’s good.

 

Find more Lent & Easter Faith Formation or Worship ideas in our lib guides!

These are late in arriving to you, I know. But I also know there are some folks who are still planning and feeling scrambled to get elements together. I hope these provide some last-minute inspirations and renewed energy to create meaningful and transformative experiences for your people.

Blessings of New Life, dear siblings!!