Holy-week-2It’s Holy Week. This whole week in the church we focus on the build up to the most important events in the world – the arrest, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

We’ve got lots going on, as always, and everything we do this week will hopefully help us understand what this incredible time of year is all about! We also have our Easter production – ‘Passion’ on Wednesday night at 7:30pm. It’s a contemporary setting of the Passion story and it’s going to be amazing! We’re also going to be using elements of the production in our special Easter Liturgies on Thursday too so everyone will have a chance to experience it!

This week will hopefully help us all understand what Easter is really about and help us truly understand what our faith means and where it comes from.

This weeks Word of the Week is of course ‘Passion’. The story of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion is called the ‘Passion’ because the word passion comes from the Greek word, ‘pascho’ which means ‘to suffer’ When the bible was translated from Greek to English the word ‘Passion’ was used to describe those events that lead to Jesus’ death. The story is not always an easy one but at all times we must remember that it is a story of tremendous love. God’s Love for us and a lesson in how we can love in return.

Check out the trailer for this weeks performance below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCuzJjAMY60

Monday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

So this week’s ‘Word of the Week’ is – ‘Passion’ Watch the trailer above and listen carefully to the words of the song by the Rolling Stones.

Have a talk as a form about the follwing questions:

  • How does the Easter story make you feel?
  • What do you think Jesus felt when his friend betrayed him?
  • Would we have been brave enough to stick by him?

Lord, help us to walk with you on your journey and understand the love you have for us. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

If you’ve not had chance to check out this week’s ‘Word of the week’ watch it above!

Holy Week is a week full of different celebrations and special moments. Starting on Palm Sunday, we mark Jesus’ last days with a series of different and important liturgies. It can, however, all get a bit confusing! This video might help!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HugMM_3FfnI

Have a discussion as a form about Holy Week. Do you think it helps understand what our faith is about by celebrating together on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Is it important to take part in all of it or is Easter Sunday all that matters?

Lord, help us understand what Easter is all about. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Tonight is our performance of ‘Passion’. One of the most exciting things about the performance is that it’s being set in a contemporary way complete with a role for Twitter and social media. The story may be 2000 years old but it still affects us today. Social media wasn’t around at the time of Jesus but it was clear that social pressure and public opinion still played a massive role. If social media was around at the time however – it might have looked a bit like this…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWCaXXKcHWE

Spend a few moments in your form thinking about the things that influence you. If you were in that crowed would you have been scared? What stops us standing by the things and people we believe in?

Lord, help us to be strong enough to stick to our values. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Maundy Thursday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lord, help us to proud of our faith and remember where it comes from. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

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