A Parent’s Guide to Holy Week at First Pres

A guide for parents who are wondering what services and activities will be meaningful and appropriate for your family during Holy Week.


Our Maundy Thursday service is a simple supper of bread, cheese and fruit combined with some scripture and some reflection/discussion about what it means to be invited to the table by Jesus. We end with sharing communion around the table. It is an informal time that is designed to be accessible as well as meaningful to all who participate. Breanna Murray will be in the nursery. We begin at 6 p.m.


Good Friday is a tenebrae service or service of darkness that begins at 7:30 p.m. Through a series of readings and songs, we make our way through Jesus’ journey to and time on the cross. If you have a child who is afraid of the dark or if you do not feel it’s time for your child to hear the stark reality of what it means when we say that Jesus died on the cross, Emily Wernsdorfer will be in the nursery and available for childcare.


We have a nut-free egg hunt for kids elementary and younger at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Weather permitting, we will hide the preschool eggs in the courtyard and the eggs for the elementary kids out in the garden. The hunt will be followed by refreshments and a craft in the fellowship hall. Please make a point to be on time. The eggs go fast!


Sunday morning we have our Bluegrass Service at 9 a.m. out in the courtyard. It is a joyful, fun and very kid-friendly service. Feel free to bring blankets for kids to sit on if the ground is dry. We also have our traditional Easter service at 11 a.m. for those who like to celebrate Easter with the traditional songs and liturgy. Breanna Murray will be in the nursery for both services. There is no Sunday School on Easter.


If you’d like to know what you can do to help during Holy Week, check our sign-up genius or contact Anne at revruss@gmail.com.

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