03 April 2020
Holy Week and Easter at home
Holy Week and Easter is a time when Christians travel together towards the cross and beyond to transformation. We know that our isolation from each other over the coming week will be painful for many. We offer these resources to all in the hope that they will help sustain and grow your faith at home.
So you can plan your time, we have set out below weekly and daily highlights. The full details of all our services and activities is here. Do spend some time browsing the full pack if you can.
We have designed a poster you can download and put in your window to witness to your community.
We will also be releasing reflections each day from Barbara Glasson and Clive Marsh, the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference as well as some short film prayers. Keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook for these.
Join a week long journey
- Using resources including from the Iona Community and the Methodist Modern Art collection, this series of services for each day during Holy Week allows us to focus on the seven last words that Jesus speaks from the cross, according to the four Gospels.
- A new approach to the Lectionary has been devised for this year. Each day we set out the four Lectionary readings for the day, a short summary of the main themes that run across the readings, a selection of hymns suitable for the day and reflections on the themes.
For children and young people:
- For young people we offer a week long journey in the form of a reflective journal to complete, beginning on Palm Sunday.
- Why not make Holy Week in a Box using simple objects tucked into a small box, along with scripture, to tell the story of Holy Week?
- You can join live streamed worship from Wesley’s Chapel , Central Hall Westminster, Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem and Sthie ('At home') - a very different worship experience from the Isle of Man.
- Our Children and Youth team have a selection of activities that will keep little ones happy and remind them of the significance of this day.
- Download a service sheet to use at home here.
Monday – Wednesday of Holy Week
Younger members of your household can continue with their reflective journal and Holy Week in a box. You can start preparing your materials for making an Easter Garden too. Or how about making some hot cross buns or a simnel cake? All you need for this is here:
Creative ideas for younger people for today include turning the top of your Holy Week box into a table to decorate as a Passover meal and using your feet to make some art.
Our Lectionary resources for the day include some beautiful hymns to sing.
A short service includes powerful art from the Methodist Modern Art Collection to reflect upon.
Join the Easter vigil at Wesley’s Chapel from 8.30pm
Move from darkness into light with these resources for Holy Saturday.
Take a look at the resources and links that our Children and Youth team have provided as we get near to Easter.
Service sheets to use at home that you can download are here.
How about a Methodist Easter Day love feast?
Join in worship at:
- Wesley’s Chapel at 9.45am, 11am, or 7pm, or
- Methodist Central Hall Westminster, or
- Swanbank Methodist Church
Have a go at some messy Easter activities for children for this special day.