Q: What is a Holy Week Passport?
A: A guide for children to understand and be prepared to worship with their family Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Each service has its own page in the passport with scripture, age-appropriate definitions, and what to look for in the worship services. Kids are encouraged to bring their passport with them to worship throughout Holy Week and receive a “stamp” (sticker) in their passport for attending.
Q: Where does my child(ren) receive a Holy Week Passport?
A: Passports are available at the entry of each of our worship spaces near the Children’s Worship bulletins and in the church office.
Q: Are Holy Week services appropriate for my young children?
A: Yes, the stories of Holy Week are key stories of our faith and carry with them a great deal of mystery and power which connect with children. Especially elementary age children are ready to hear the stories and participate in worship around them.
Q: What can I expect from the worship services?
A: On Maundy Thursday the church hears the story of Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet and the Last Supper. All of our services this day include these scripture readings and the Sacrament of Communion. The 6:30p.m. service also includes music by the choir and the “stripping of the chancel”. The stripping of the chancel is a powerful moment where in preparation for what is to come on Good Friday, all decorations are removed from the chancel and the lights are turned off. Good Friday services tell the story of the events that lead to Jesus’ death. It is a somber service and children are helped when we acknowledge the sadness of the day. Remember, and help your child remember, the day is Good Friday because even in the midst of the sadness we recognize that God is at work and the good news that comes Easter morning is that Jesus is risen!
Q: I want to bring my elementary age children to worship but don’t feel comfortable bringing my non-school aged children, is there a nursery?
A: Parents should know all children are welcome in all of our services. However we recognize that for a variety of reasons parents may prefer another option. In an effort to support families, the church nursery is available for birth-4 year olds during the 6:30p.m. Maundy Thursday service and the 12:15p.m. Good Friday service.
Questions, contact Pastor Nicole Abdnour, firstname.lastname@example.org