With more time this year to plan pandemic-safe Holy Week experiences, we asked participants in the Faith+Lead Learning Lab: “What new ways of observing Holy Week are you thinking of trying this year?”
Here are some of their ideas.
Some members suggested online worship experiences that are more thematically based instead of having a traditional worship service structure.
- Palms/worship kit pick-up (some worship kits include: palms, easy flatbread recipe, candle, butterfly craft)
- Prayer Stations outside at the church (weather permitting)
- Drive-up/drop-off food collection, connecting the Last Supper to daily food needs
- Online “dinner church” together using words from the Last Supper at some point
- Inviting household members to wash one another’s feet, or individuals to lovingly tend to their own feet
- Collaborative online Tenebrae with other congregations
- Online or outdoor, distanced Stations of the Cross:
- Pandemic Hope by Mary Button
- Illustrated Ministry posters
- Original artwork by church members
See other suggestions for prayer stations in this previous blog post from Faith+Lead.
- Including the act of drinking water in the Easter Vigil – “Satisfy all our thirst with your living water”
- Inviting different households to take Bible stories from the Easter Vigil to read/illustrate/act out and editing them into one video
- Easter pageant by Elsa Cook
- Easter picture book walk mentioned in this previous blog post.