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A hands-on experience

Classes celebrate Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

At Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., they take a hands-on approach to Holy Week.

On Palm Sunday 2011, the congregation offered "Journey to the Cross." It's been dubbed "Hands-on Holy Week" since it allows members of all ages multiple hands-on experiences of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.

Youth and adults make musical instruments
Youth and adults make musical instruments to add to the festivities of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem during "Hands-on Holy Week" at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. In the background, costumed helpers pose for pictures with participants.

"Asking people to participate in activities that reflect actual events of the week provide tangible ways to honor, remember and contemplate this important time for Christians," said Dan Fugate, a pastor of Trinity English.

For the program, rooms were decorated to reflect biblical times and events. For example, the congregation rented rocks and stones from a local supplier to replicate the tomb. In each room, youth and adult members led the activities, which are outlined below.


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