Chain of Praises

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On Palm Sunday, put three brightly colored strips of paper
(approximately 2 1/2 x 11 inches long) in each worship bulletin.
During the service just before the offering, ask people to write a
praise statement on each of their strips. When they’re finished,
collect the strips. Have children write their praise strips during
Sunday school so they have more time to think.

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During the week, staple the strips into loops and make praise
chains. Make the chains about 8- to 10-feet long. Add sections of
blank strips to stretch out the chains so they’re long enough to
surround your congregation.

On Easter Sunday, have the kids march down the center aisle,
then around the sides of the sanctuary, surrounding the
congregation with the praise chains. Explain to your congregation
what the chains are comprised of, then lead the entire group in a
litany of praise, which includes the phrase “He is risen!” as a
refrain. Each time the congregation says, “He is risen!” the kids
raise the praise chains high in the air.

Jean Ballew
McPherson, Kansas

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