Easter and Holy Week in 2020 is going to be very different to any year we've known before. Yet there are so many opportunities to worship and lead others in worship, whether that is via streaming services, sharing on social media, or connecting as a family at home.

We have made clear that all of our resources are available to be streamed and shared during the current crisis. Note that our friends at Resound Worship have taken the same approach with  their songs, videos and backing tracks, and are offering 10 video downloads for free. So dive in to these ideas...

Palm Sunday

We have just made our Lent Family Creative Journal pages available for free download. There is a Palm Sunday page which would be great to email to friends and use as families.

"The Clip Clop Beat" is a joyful celebration song for Palm Sunday from the Rhyming Bible Songs album. There is a sharable lyric video - put it on loud and dance around the living room with whatever "palm branches" you can fashion!
 


We've got a bunch of Palm Sunday interactive readings, by Bob Hartman and Dave Hopwood, which would be fun to engage with at home or lead over a video.

Maundy Thursday

Joel Payne's song When My Flesh is Weak joins with Jesus and the disciples in Gethsemane. Watch or stream the video.

Richard Lyall has set the text of 1 Corinthians 11 in an attractive visual style.

The Lent Family Journal has pages for a Passover meal and a Footwashing activity, both tactile things you could engage with from home.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Good Friday

Sam's song Let Us Kneel has striking video you can watch and stream.

These all-age prayer stations are designed for Good Friday and easily adaptable to work with your situation and available resources.

Richard's Psalm 22 video offers a stark, contemporary engagement with the Psalm spoken by Jesus on the cross. Ideal for streaming and sharing online.
 


Dave's Jesus Died For Them poem can be shared and used for reflection and prayer.

The Lent Family Journal has 5 pages devoted to Jesus' last words from the cross, instructions for creating Easter Gardens and a reflection on God's love shown on the cross.

Holy Saturday

This often-forgotten day gives us space to sit in the experience of Jesus having died, and resurrection not having yet come. Sam's song The Stone was written specifically into this space (although it is also usable on Good Friday). There is a video you can share or stream.
 


This could be a season where God is teaching his people to lament. Make use of Richard's Lamentations 3 video, with its edgy soundtrack and graphics.

Amy Robinson's Waiting on the Risen Jesus describes this experience in a poetic form. You could share the text over social media and reflect on it in your homes.

Easter Sunday

Bob Hartman serves us well today, with two funny Easter Poems, an interactive Resurrection Story, and a powerful Jesus Is Alive reading. These could all be used via video or read at home.

Our #EngageAtHome idea for Easter Day will be a Pass the Parcel game - get prepared via this page.

The combination of Amy's poems with Richard's visuals on the Recognising You resource is really impactful - which is now also available as a free video. Consider how you could make use of this.
 


Sam's Christ Was Raised is a triumphant song celebrating the impact the resurrection has over every aspect of God's creation. Stream the video and share.
 


If you want a softer song with a message of peace from the risen Jesus, try Joel's Listen to the Words. We've recorded a Living Room version with led prayer here.
 

 

If you want some more liturgical words, here is an affirmation of faith in the resurrected Jesus. It has a sharable, streamable PowerPoint.

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This is not the limit of resources you could use - feel free to search around the site for more ideas. Do let us know what you use and how it goes in the comments below, via email or social media. You can also look at AREA 52 for lectionary-reading specific ideas. Bless you all.