A Family Guide to Holy Week at First Presbyterian Church

Holy Week is coming up. It begins on Sunday, April 1 with Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, April 8. During Holy Week, we have more than the usual Sunday morning service. Some folks may be wondering what the services are like and how they might work for your family. Here’s a brief guide to what’s ahead. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Anne at revruss@gmail.com

Palm Sunday
April 1, 11 a.m.

This is a very fun, very kid friendly service. There will be palms to wave and musical instruments to play as we all process into the church to remember Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Then the whole service will be a congregational-participation drama (with parts for the kids) taking us from Jesus arrival in Jerusalem all the way to his crucifixion. The end of the service is contemplative, but there will be a chance for kids and families to light a candle for someone they want to pray for.

Maundy Thursday
April 5, 6 p.m.

Maundy Thursday is a commemoration of the institution of the Last Supper. We will gather in the fellowship hall for a simple supper of cheese, fruit and bread and then we will share communion while gathered around the table.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service
A Service of Darkness
April 6, 7:30 p.m.

This is a service of readings and songs that takes us through crucifixion of Christ. As we continue through the service, the sanctuary becomes darker and darker and in the end we are left in total darkness to leave in silence. Many people have said this is the most meaningful service of the year. But because it is a graphic depiction of the crucifixion, coupled with some powerful sound effects and growing darkness, it may be a little much for younger children. We will have childcare available.

Easter Egg Hunt
April 7, 10 a.m.

This one is exclusively for the kids! The egg hunt is for kids in the fifth grade and younger. The under-threes will be given a head start. As always, First Pres is a peanut-free church. Candy will be non-chocolate and peanut-free. After the hunt, there will be treats and a craft in the fellowship hall. Everyone is welcome. This is always great fun.

Bluegrass Easter Service
April 8, 9 a.m.

This is service is held outside in the courtyard. We will have great music and an informal service with a shorter sermon than the one at the 11 a.m. service. Communion will be served.

Traditional Easter Service
11 a.m.

Held in our beautiful sanctuary bedecked with Easter lilies, our traditional service will feature, well, a traditional service–including some organ music. Childcare for children five and under will be available.

We hope you can make some (or all!) of these services.

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