Holy Week at Home

We’d like to invite you into a couple meaning prayer experiences you can do as a family this Holy Week or after. All these experience have been adapted for COVID 19 Shelter In Place. However you can continue to adapt based on your family and your supplies. Would love LOVE to hear about your experience. Take pictures, Leave a comment and thank you for being part of the Holy Week journey with us!

Created by Amy, Kaleen and Pastor Sarah

Foot Washing

This is an invitation to experience foot washing based on Jesus’ commandment given on Maundy Thursday night “love one another as I have loved you”. Jesus’ purpose is to serve, not to be served.

All is needed is a bowl/bucket, towels, and warm water.

Read John 13

Pray  for and with one another – as  a way to love and serve each other and serve your neighbors together.

Begin to wash one another’s feet as an act of service and love. Typically the parents would begin to show and model.

Prayer Walk

Walk the neighborhood – Meditation-like. Ask questions about who and what you see:

  • Jesus knew what was going to happen the next day. He chose to pray in the garden instead of just staying in bed and closing his eyes – why did he do this? Is there a special place that you like to go to pray?
  • Slightly changed his prayer each time – has there been a time that you realized that you needed to pray for something different?
  • Jesus stayed obedient, even though he knew what was to come, and God answered by saving him from death  – how can we stay obedient and faithful when times get tough? When has God answered our prayers?

Empty Tomb Rolls

This is a great baking/snack experience for kids of all ages. This helps to teach the burial of Jesus int he Tomb and the discover that He is Gone and He is Alive!

See Here for Recipe and Activity.

Seder Meal

The Seder Meal is a Jewish tradition for the Passover Meal. This meal includes reading, drinking wine/juice/ telling stories , eating special foods, singing and passover traditions.  We have an opportunity to connect with this Jewish tradition and experience it as a reflection as to what the Last Supper looked like. The Seder Meal usually takes place at home, rather than in the community, with simple ingredients that would be found in a traditional Jewish Home.   Here is a GREAT guide for you!

“Seder” means order, because the meal and readings are done in a particular order to tell the story of God’s actions and presence in a way that connects our faith tradition with current reality for everyone in the community, family, as if it was personally part of our story. Seder has been seen as a wonderful teaching tool about God’s actions in history but also God’s presence in our daily lives.
 
Here are some ideas taken from the Traditional Seder Meal for our Modern COVID 19 time.  It might be hard to find some of the ‘official’ materials used for the Seder Meal, but being creative as a family  and connect with the purpose and meaning of the Seder Meal, can be a beautiful experience for a family. This may not be a full Meal, but a devotional experience with some unique ‘snacks,’ so be prepared to feed the family a little later.

Feel free to do your own research and we would love to see pictures and hear about your experience.

What you (Could) Need:

Table:

  • Table with tables cloth and napkins – typically dressed like a nice meal. Keep it simple. but nicer than a typical Thursday night dinner.
  • Candles through out. Tea-lights,  Jars, whatever you find. The light Symbolices God’s presence
  • Two Glasses per person. One for Water, one for wine/juice. The Wine/Juice symbolizes  the  heart  of Humanity (Psalm 104:15)
  • One Extra  glass for  the Elijah the prophet to welcome the prophet of HOPE.

Food:

  • Seder Plate (remember be creative and recognicze the symbolism. It will be difficult to have all these things in your home during this time, but a fun exercise to creative alternative food the story and experience: Each plate is filled with foods to symbolize the story of the Exodus, near the Seder leader’s place at the table. There are 5 items: Set the Seder plate, filled with foods that symbolize the story of the Exodus, near the Seder leader’s place at the table. Arrange five items on the plate:
    • a hard-boiled egg; a roasted shank bone (or a chicken bone);
    • a spring vegetable such as parsley, called karpas;
    • a mixture of fruit, wine, and nuts, called charoset;
    • and either prepared or fresh horseradish, called maror.
    • Some Jews include a sixth item called chazeret, often represented by lettuce.
  • Salt Water in a small dish for the table.
  • Matzah: three pieces of crackers/tortilla on a plate covered with napkin/cloth.
  • Wine/Juice

Miscellaneous:

  • A Bible
  • Towel and Basin filled with warm water for hand washing rituals occurred during the meal (WASH YOU HANDS!)
  • Pillows: to recline during the meal to symbolize the  comfort of freedom.

For the Seder Dinner:

Once your table is set, gather around the table together. You are ready for the Haggadah, the story telling!

Here is a guide and instruction to guide you.