Holy Week is the time in the church year when we walk the road of Jesus' Passion with him. We want to make Holy Week accessible to members of all ages at Grace. For the last several years, our Maundy Thursday service has been intentionally intergenerational, with a homily aimed at children. We have also had a youth-led Good Friday service at noon.
This year, after talking with the Worship Committee and polling parents, we are trying something different: we will have a special Good Friday Family Service at 5 pm. The service will tell the story of the Palms and the Passion, complete with a symbolic meal and foot washing, the tomb and the promise that the story doesn't end there. To read more click here for an article explaining how it goes. (Our traditional Good Friday service with Choir will be at 7:30.)
However, offering a family service on Good Friday does not necessarily mean that our Maundy Thursday service is *not* for families! Families with older children or youth may especially appreciate this service, where we begin with a meal, wash each other's feet as a symbol of commitment to loving service, remember Jesus' last supper with his friends, and watch the powerful Stripping of the Altar, where we prepare for the solemnity of Good Friday. This is a service with many powerful symbols, and beautiful music. Please do consider some form of Holy Week participation this year--it so enriches our celebration of Easter, and connects us to Jesus' life and death in a new and deeper way.
~Tom and Regina