Holy Week Family Devotions:
Adapted from children’s devotion from childrensministry.com
Read aloud Mark 11:1-11.
- Some type of green paper, (old green folder, construction paper, palm template colored green.
- Popsicle stick, BBQ skewer, or stick from outside.
- Tape or glue
Make a palm-leaf using the supplies above.
Have your own parade of palms. Video it and watch it over and over, send to your other family members to watch. Remember to shout Hosanna!
Think about how happy everyone was to see Jesus. Keep your palms for the worship space you will create tomorrow.
Monday Family Devotion
Read aloud Mark 11:15-18.
Tell your children that this area of the temple was the place non-Jews could come to pray, but it had become a dirty and noisy, and was no longer a worship place.
Together, decorate a worship space in your home for Easter Week. Include a Bible, candles, and an area to display the items you’ll use or make this week. Today place your palm leaf, along with your Bible and candle or candles.
Tip: Remember the color of Lent is purple. Leave your Bible open to today’s reading. Think about how we set up our Lent table in the children’s worship room.
You can review these items at the beginning of each devotion. Light the candles only during devotions to keep it special and meaningful.
Tuesday Family Devotion
Light the candle in your worship space and Read aloud Mark 14:3-9.
- A bottle of perfume or cologne
- Paper and items to decorate paper to cover the perfume bottle.
This woman gave Jesus a gift that was very precious. We can give gifts that come from our heart, too.
Have each family member share something he or she can do to honor Jesus. As each person shares, spray perfume into the air or on the person.
Decorate a beautiful piece of paper and form a cylinder around the perfume bottle for display at your family worship space.
Review all the items in your worship space and their meaning. (Palms, perfume bottle)
Wednesday Family Devotion
Light the candle in your worship space and Read aloud Matthew 26:14-16.
- 30 dimes or silver coins. Plastic coins will work too.
Tell kids that Judas betrayed Jesus for about 120 days of wages. Let the kids count the dimes or coins and place them at your family worship space.
- Was Jesus’ life on earth worth more than 30 pieces of silver? Why or why not?
- What was the true value of Jesus’ life to our family?
Review all the items in your worship space and their meaning. (Palms, perfume bottle, coins)
Maundy Thursday Family Devotion
Light the candle in your worship space and Read aloud John 13:1-5.
- a bowl,
- a bar of soap, and
- paper towels
Jesus washed feet to show his love. Have a bowl, a bar of soap, and paper towels ready. Take turns washing each other’s hands or feet and drying them as you express love to each other.
Display the soap at your family worship space.
Review all the items in your worship space and their meaning. (Palms, perfume bottle, coins, soap)
Good Friday Family Devotion
Light the candle in your worship space and Read aloud Mark 15:21-39.
In place of this project you could make the paint stick cross for the church.
- two nails, two small sticks, tooth picks any of these will work
- light gauge wire, string, yarn or thread
Follow these steps:
- Help children lay their nails across each other like a cross, then start wrapping the wire around the point where the nails intersect to bind the nails into a cross.
- Crisscross the wire in the center.
- Have the kids recall an event of the Crucifixion with each wrap.
Encourage every child to make one. Have them place their cross in the worship area and remember that Jesus died for them on Good Friday. Remind children that’s not the end of the story.
Review all the items in your worship space and their meaning. (Palms, perfume bottle, coins, soap, cross)
Saturday Family Devotion
Light the candle in your worship space. Read aloud Mark 15:42-47.
- Crepe paper, or (dare I say toilet paper :/), or anything you can wrap someone up in…maybe put several t-shirts over them with their arms tucked inside…be creative.
Take turns wrapping each other in crepe paper, toilet paper, t-shirts whichever. Just as Jesus may have looked when prepared for burial. Talk about how the disciples might have felt when all their hopes seemed destroyed when Jesus died.
- What do you want to say to Jesus to thank him for dying for you?
Talk about how the burial isn’t the end of the story, but that it was a very sad day for Jesus’ friends.
Review all the items in your worship space and their meaning. (Palms, perfume bottle, coins, soap, cross, tp square)
Easter Family Devotion
Light the candle in your worship space and Read aloud Luke 24:1-9.
- Candle, candle holder, and lighter or match.
Try this experiment. Light the candle. Blow it out and light the candle again only using the smoke flame. You should be able to hold the lighter about 2 inches above in the smoke trail and it will re-light.
Below is a video to see the experiment.
Light the candle. Talk about how Jesus came to be the light of the world. On Saturday, it looked like the light had been blown out.
Blow out the candle and wait in silence while the flame goes out. When the smoke trail rises touch the lighter to the smoke trail only and watch it re-light. When the flame comes back, celebrate!
Point out that even though Jesus died on earth he came back to life, through the power of God’s spirit (the smoke)
Jesus is the light of the world! Happy Easter!