Images of Holy Week

(Resource Pack 136) KEY STAGE 2 &3

VISUAL AID: Copy and download songs ‘See The Saviour of The World’ and ‘Father Into Your Hands’ from ‘The Christmas Story’ on the Music Link of www.sheilahamil.co.uk and invite the children to listen to the words.

Try to collect a selection of these props and draw them one at a time out of the bag.

Why not share what Holy Week means to you as a Christian? What do these symbols say to you?

Palm Cross:

Standing up for what I believe! Will I be strong enough?

It’s easy to go along with the crowd, much more difficult to make a stand against them when you disagree or you don’t want to go along with their plans!

By the end of the week louder voices shouted ‘Crucify? Where was the support then, when the tide turned against Jesus?

Bottle of myrrh

I’ll never wash that hand again, we say on shaking hands with an important person. I imagine the woman carried this fragrance in her hair for quite a while after this event.

It reminds us that we are to be the fragrance of Christ wherever we go.

Bread and Wine

We must always remember and respect the sacrifice.

Jesus foretold his own death and resurrection. My body will be broken, my blood will be poured out for the forgiveness of sins!

Bag of silver coins

How easy it is to let others people down, but how quick Jesus was to forgive. Peter lived to realise this, Judas didn’t. He took his life and robbed us of what could have been one of the most beautiful stories of all time...a Risen Jesus with his arms around him forgiving him, and restoring him.

Grace is absolutely unique to the Christian faith. It is all about being loved so much, when we don’t deserve it.

Candle

Reminds me that our prayers must always be heartfelt, to the point, sincere; as Jesus prayers were.

‘Father may they be one!’

‘ Father, take this cup away from me, yet not my will but yours be done!’

‘Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing!’

And even at the point of death, at prayer: ‘Father...into your hands I commend my spirit!’

Crown

Jesus was one who :- ‘who didn’t consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant! There was only one good enough to pay the price! A King who acted like a servant and washed feet! A King who willingly became a lamb for the sacrifice.

Dice

How very powerful were the prophecies of 400 years ago...

I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter...

They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing

He trusts in the Lord, let the Lord recue him

They have pierced my hands and feet

He was despised and rejected by men

He was pierced for our transgressions etc.,

200, of them ! Many of these fulfilled in this one week.

Clematis:

Not dead but alive. I tried to snap a dead twig in my garden, I had guests coming, and this clematis , I decided, looked dead...

Not so...as I pulled the dead twig, a long shoot of green came sliding out. It was not dead, but alive! It would grow again!

Christ did not stay dead, but he was raised to life again.

And Christians believe that he lives today; the Holy Spirit brings his life to live again in us.