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At Illustrated Ministry, we recognize the challenges of Holy Week for children. There are difficult topics about resisting oppressive powers, death, betrayal, and crucifixion. This resource was designed to enhance children’s involvement in Holy Week worship services, supplement Sunday school class material, provide material for a family event centered around Holy Week, or support any other traditions your church has for meaningful, age-appropriate engagement.
An Illustrated Holy Week includes an Illustrated Children’s Moment with a Leader Guide, a Children’s Worship Bulletin, an Illustrated Children’s Moment Coloring Page, and a Worship Guide for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
An Illustrated Holy Week is designed specifically to help children understand what happens between Palm Sunday and Easter (which children often miss) and for churches that celebrate Passion Sunday.
It includes the following:
- Children’s Moments, including a Palm Sunday triptych of Jesus' triumphal entry, Jesus washing feet, and the tomb with people mourning Jesus' death
- Worship Bulletins for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday
- Coloring Pages that go along with the Children's Moments
- An interactive Worship Guide for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday
These resources can be used in worship services to enhance children’s involvement and experience of Holy Week, used as additional material for Sunday School, sent home with families to provide additional activities during Holy Week, or can be used to help design an intergenerational family event centered around Holy Week.
Here's a great blog post about why it's important and how to include children in Holy Week services.
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