Learning from the Lab: Holy Week Creativity

Pandemic-safe Holy Week ideas


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.

Palm Sunday

  • Palms/worship kit pick-up (some worship kits include: palms, easy flatbread recipe, candle, butterfly craft)
  • Prayer Stations outside at the church (weather permitting)

Maundy Thursday

  • 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

Good Friday

  • Collaborative online Tenebrae with other congregations
  • Online or outdoor, distanced Stations of the Cross:

See other suggestions for prayer stations in this previous blog post from Faith+Lead.

Easter Vigil

  • Including the act of drinking water in the Easter Vigil – “Satisfy all our thirst with your living water”
  • Bonfire
  • 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.

  • Lee Ann Pomrenke

    Lee Ann M. Pomrenke is an ELCA pastor and digital content editor for The Faith+Leader. Rev. Pomrenke is the author of Embodied: Clergy Women and the Solidarity of a Mothering God (Church Publishing, Inc, 2020). She also blogs at leeannpomrenke.com.

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