A Lay-Led Service for Good Friday
- Between a
simple structure of hymns and teaching, the children process around the
church to hear the Easter story.
- An adult
to lead the service and teaching.
- As many
children as are in church, to join in the procession and the teaching
activities at each station.
- A 'donkey' of some kind (e.g. a hobby
horse). A black cloth big enough to cover it.
- A bowl of water and a white towel. A
black cloth big enough to cover them.
- A chalice of wine and a paten of
wafers or bread. A black cloth big enough to cover them.
- Stones, moss, a cloth, etc. for the Easter
garden. A wooden cross that can be erected outside the church, or a
wooden cross that can be assembled inside the church.
- The 'donkey' should be placed where your initial procession around
the church will start. The black cloth to cover it should be placed where
the procession will end.
- The bowl and towel should be placed where
you plan to talk about Jesus washing the disciples' feet, with the black
cloth to one side.
- The bread and wine should be placed on the
altar, with the black cloth to one side.
- The materials for the Easter garden should
be ready outside the church (or in the appropriate place inside, if that
suits your church situation better).
Service Outline and Teaching
No service sheets are needed, but an outline of the service for the
leader, with teaching suggestions, can be found here.
Many thanks to the
Reverend Philip Francis for the inspiration for this service.