D.I.Y. “Holy Week at Home”

D.I.Y. “Holy Week at Home”

If you weren’t able to get a “Holy Week at Home” kit, fear not! We’ve got the D.IY. version below. You’re invited to gather, prepare, and use items you already have at home or that can be purchased to experience Holy Week at home. These are optional ways to deepen your engagement during Holy Week.

 

Palm/ Passion Sunday (March 28)

  1. Stop by the church (1500 N. Hoyne Ave) for a palm.
    1. Palms will be available outside the front doors on Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 28 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Supply is limited, so be sure to swing by early!
  2. Create a “hand-print palm branch” (pictured above) or clip a leaf from a plant to wave during the service. (Learn more at this link.)
    • The gist of the “hand-print palm branch” is that you’re going to trace your hands on something green or something that can be colored green and cut out. Then, put it on a stick, cooking spoon, or other handle using tape, glue, or something else. Get creative!
  3. Prepare for Communion (get something to eat and drink).
    • Set up a “special table” for this communal meal. Maybe include a Bible, a candle, a nice plate, a favorite cup, and a couple of napkins. 
    • Before service, considering making fresh Communion bread (here’s the recipe we use at WPLC).
 

Maundy Thursday (April 1)

  1. Prepare for Communion (get something to eat and drink)
    •  Set up a “special table” for this communal meal. Maybe include a Bible, a candle, a nice plate, a favorite cup, and a couple of napkins. 
    • Before service, considering making fresh Communion bread (here’s the recipe we use at WPLC).
  2. Prepare a place to remove your Christian items.
    • During this service, we will end by stripping the altar at church reminding us of Christ’s abandonment. You’ll be invited during the service to strip your house of all Christian items (Bibles, crosses, icons, singing bowls, etc.) and remove them from sight until Easter­– put them in a large bin, on a chair with a blanket, or inside a cabinet. Make sure you’ve identified this space before the service.
 

Good Friday (April 2)

  1. Prepare a cross.
    • Setup a place where you put the single cross. This could be a small neck or bracelet cross on a table, a wall cross laid on the floor, or even one drawn on a piece of paper. It’s best to have it so that the cross is the main focal point without anything else around it as we begin. 
  2. Gather a candle for each person.
    • During the service, we’ll start without any candles or items around the cross. You’ll be invited to light a candle and place it around the cross during the service. 
 

Easter Vigil (April 3)

  1. Gather a candlestick and something to write on it or engrave it
  2. Prepare a pitcher of water and an empty bowl. (If you don’t have a pitcher, a cup or another bowl will work fine.) 
  3. Prepare for Communion (get something to eat and drink)
    • Set up a “special table” for this communal meal. Maybe include a Bible, a candle, a nice plate, a favorite cup, and a couple of napkins. 
    • Before service, considering making fresh Communion bread (here’s the recipe we use at WPLC).
 

Easter Sunday (April 4)

  1. Pre-bury an Alleluia sign in a box, bag, or in a cabinet.
  2. Prepare for Communion (get something to eat and drink–may we suggest sparkling juice or champagne?)
    • Set up a “special table” for this communal meal. Maybe include a Bible, a candle, a nice plate, a favorite cup, and a couple of napkins. 
    • Before service, considering making fresh Communion bread (here’s the recipe we use at WPLC).
  3. Get some confetti.
    • Cut or tear up paper or buy some (it’s not Easter at WPLC without it!)
  4. For children, download one of our Easter Sunday children’s activity bulletins below.