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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 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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