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Holy Week

Lori Haynes Niles

Make your Holy Week both memorable and educational with a week-long series of activities that will provide educational opportunities each day from Palm Sunday..all the way to Easter.


Palm Sunday marks the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a colt. The people waved palms to honor Jesus. In Jesus' day, people waved palms to welcome royalty. From the earliest days, Christians carried palm branches to church to remember how Jesus was welcomed to Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday. This tradition continues to this day.

Coat Give Away

When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a colt, the people threw their coats on the ground before him as a sign of respect. The children of your church can relive that same event as they give to others who are less fortunate than themselves.

Several weeks before Palm Sunday, invite your church members to bring their old or outgrown winter coats to church on Palm Sunday. Have church members keep theirs and their children's coats with them as they go to the worship service. Before children enter for the Palm Sunday Parade, have church members throw the coats on the aisle floors. As children enter for their parade, they'll walk over the coats. Have the last children in your procession gather the coats as they walk past them and place them in a pile at the front of your sanctuary as a visible symbol of outreach to others. Donate the coats to a charity in your community.

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