Palm Sunday in a pandemic Here are three ideas to try at home to make Palm Sunday special:
- The Missionaries of the Holy Spirit posted this idea on their Facebook page:
What if everyone on Sunday April 5 in the morning, puts a branch on the door of their house or on the window, to celebrate Palm Sunday? It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks. Want to join? We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the body of Christ. We are the Church.
Why not do this and send us a photo or post it on our Facebook page
- Since we can’t give out palm crosses this year, we are invited to do something different! Draw your own cross on your palm (Palm Cross, quite literally!). Photograph your artwork. Share it with friends online and post it on our Facebook page. Remember you are held in the palm of God’s hand. Wash your hands and stay safe!
Ways to worship during Holy Week when we can’t be together
The Revd Sally Prendergast, who trained and was ordained with Ilona, has produced a beautiful booklet of readings for each day from Palm Sunday to Easter Day and she has very kindly made it available to us here.
Holy Week at Home has been prayerfully prepared by the editorial team at Liturgical Press USA. It contains adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday Rituals for Family and Household Prayer. You can download it here.
If you would like printed copies of either of these booklets, please contact Mark here.
Holy Week and Easter 2020 is a resource produced by The Church of England with suggested activities during Holy Week and Easter. It is available here.
Stations of the Cross OnlineMeditations from Canon Chris Collingwood at York Minster is available here.
Resources especially good for families and children:
Journey to the Cross The Portsmouth Diocese has produced a resource for families with children of all ages to journey through the events of Holy Week together. It offers a Bible reading or video to watch for each day of Holy Week with an interactive activity you can do using things around your home. It also includes a reflection sheet to record your experiences on this journey together. It can be downloaded from here.
An online story Jo Wetherall, diocesan Children and Families Officer for the Diocese of Gloucester, has recorded the Easter story on Facebook in a very visual way with clear and simple wording to help share the message of the season.
Holy Week and Easter The Diocese of Gloucester has also produced a resource for families. With a story, prayer and activity for each day of the week they help families to prepare for and enjoy Easter together. You can download them here.
Explore the Bible with the Bible Chat Mat. Bible Chat Mat, from the Diocese of Bath and Wells, allows people of all ages to read the Bible and have conversation together, whether around a meal table, sitting on the sofa or wherever works best. This activity can be done as a household, friends together, home group, Sunday group or even in a school club. The sheets can be coloured and doodled on, allowing you to respond to the Bible story in your own unique way. Download it from here.
‘Together at Home’. Free resources for families to help them explore the Bible and learn about God together whilst in their own homes. Each week there are two packs full of family activities, Bible study, prayer and printable puzzle sheets. One of the packs is based on the readings that would normally be used in Church that week. Visit website.