A Parent’s Guide to Holy Week

Parents may be wondering what our Holy Week services are all about and which ones are right for your child(ren). Here is a quick guide to Holy Week at First Pres Argenta.

We kick it off with our Palm Sunday congregational-participation drama. Everyone has a part to play, and kids will really enjoy it. If you have a small instrument your child can play as we process in, bring it along. We will have extra instruments on hand as well.

Our Maundy Thursday service is a simple supper of bread, cheese and fruit combined with some scripture and songs. 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. Childcare will be available. Kids five and over may wish to stay and join us at the table. We start at 6 p.m.

During the day on Good Friday (10 am to 3 p.m.) you can walk the stations of the cross. Each station has a prayer activity and a play activity, so adults and children can participate equally.

Good Friday is a tenebrae service or service of darkness that begins at 7:00 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, you may want to take advantage of the childcare option.

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 this year our elementary kids will get to go on a scavenger hunt to find their eggs. 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. We will have childcare for both services. There is no Sunday School on Easter.

We hope you and your family will join us as we journey together toward Easter.

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