Here are a few resources to help you prepare for Good Friday and Easter.
- “Poor Bishop Hooper” is a band that put together an hour long of original music narrating the events of Good Friday called “Golgatha”. It’s beautiful and moving (in my opinion!) There’s a companion booklet with corresponding scripture as well. I’d highly recommend making time to watch/listen to it here, and make sure you get the PDF of the booklet that has corresponding scripture and prayers.
Resources for Holy Week and Easter
Consider reading the four different accounts of the Passion Narrative throughout the week. Pick a time each day to slow down and meditate on the story. Enter into the story through your sanctified imagination. You are Judas, the Pharisees, the thief on the cross, the mourners, Peter, and the mockers. Receive afresh Christ’s grace for you as you meditate on the story.
- Check out this FREE Holy Week Devotional by John Piper and others.
- ESV.org 6 Day Devos for Holy Week: You’ll have to login or create a username for free, but it’s worth it! Click here to get started.
- Go through the story of Jesus during Holy Week with this printable for your kids (or yourself!).
- Resurrection Eggs! My kids look forward to this every year. Here’s a link to do some yourself, and there are tons of versions of them. Basically you want to divide the various parts of the story of Holy Week up into 12 pieces for 12 plastic eggs that fit into an egg carton. There are many stories you could include in the lead up to crucifixion, just make sure you include the death and resurrection of course! The link above includes printable cards as well.
- New City Catechism: Especially Part 2 (Christ, Redemption, Grace). It’s great to go through with your children with the songs. I know, those with young kids may not think they will get it. But they do remember the songs! Do you really expect little kids to get deep theological concepts? Of course not, but at a young age they can memorize things very well. This lays the groundwork for interacting with ideas at an older age. Give it a shot!
- Books for Kids (The first two have digital editions available so you can get it immediately): The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden (There’s an animated video you can watch that’s very captivating too), Jesus Storybook Bible, Everything A Child Needs to Know about God (Great for very little kids. Super simple and great illustrations).