Holy Week Fair
I was hosting a webinar recently and mentioned a Holy Week Fair we offered for our children and families last year. Our church traditionally hosts the Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday, and I wanted to offer a little more faith formation around it.
This fair is best for kids 3- 12 years old. It's written with multiple stations that are best set up in different rooms, but can be adapted for a single space or even outdoors. It really depends on your space. Be creative!
All page numbers refer to Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible
Click Here for a PDF of the Directions.
Pre-Event, Opening Set Up
In largest room, gym, fellowship hall, etc.
First Station - Palm Sunday Obstacle Course
this works best in a hallway leading to a room or gathering area at the end
Second Station - Maundy Thursday
could be kitchen or classroom near the palm Sunday obstacle course hallway
Third Station – Gethsemane and Good Friday
Classroom, garden, tent, sanctuary
Fourth Station – Easter
classroom (can be the same classroom as good Friday), tent outside, garden
Closing, Egg Hunt
If you feel like adapting even more, I patterned this off of an event I did with my amazing colleague Katie Kinnison in Columbus, Ohio. We offered a three hour VBS-style event on Good Friday for kids and families that was a lot of fun. We called it "Thank God It's Good Friday." It could be great to add more of the stories from Jesus' last week, like the anointing at Bethany (John 12: 1-8), Jesus cursing the fig tree and/or cleansing the temple (Mark 11:12-25).
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