Christ Church puts on a magnificent program every year for children--the Children's Walk Through Holy Week. This time set apart before Holy Week starts enables kids to experience Holy Week at their level, and in a shortened form, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of the week.
The kids come in and practice the songs they will sing during the course of the walk. We have a simple supper and then we're off to Jerusalem. The group enters through the back doors of the nave and it is briefly explained that we are living 2000 years ago. The kids are told about the King Jesus and they process down the aisle to "All Glory Laud and Honor" complete with palm branches. Then the mood shifts and we gather in a circle and hear about a last supper and get to try it as well. Then Jesus washes the children's feet. After the singing of "Eat this bread..." the children are then moved to the chapel where a Garden has been created. The room is dark except for a few flickering t-lights and the kids are told about Jesus' time in the Garden as well as his crucifixion. At that point, the children move back into the nave and are given small crucifixes which they carry and sing, "Were you there when they Crucified my Lord?" After that is over they are led outside and follow the crucifer down into the tomb. The tomb is the dark and damp basement. They huddle together in darkness and with a great noise and an Alleluia Jesus comes up out of the basement. "He is Risen" and we sing "Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the Risen Lord" and process back into the parish hall. In the parish hall, the children get to make a crown of thorns to take home.