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Margaret Pritchard Houston, families’ pastor at St George’s Campden Hill, offers creative ideas for Palm Sunday:
“In the church I grew up in, there was one coming of age ritual for girls that was more important than any other. Confirmation? Rite 13? No … it was the year you finally were deemed old enough to read the part of the Servant Girl At The Fire in the congregational reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday. That’s when you knew it was time to put away childish things.
The reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday is often an emotional experience – we go from proclaiming Christ as King to calling for his crucifixion in a head-spinning 20 minutes. If your children have Sunday School on Palm Sunday, here’s one way to create that experience for them in an interactive, memorable way.”
Pete’s new book Living Your Confirmation is due for publication any day. It’s a gift book for young people who have been confirmed, helping them put the promises they made at the service into action. It’s co written with Rt Revd Paul Butler, bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, formerly Bishop of Southampton.
It’s available to order from SPCK
Tear Fund offer resources which are designed to inspire your congregation to make a difference this Mother’s Day – great for both your Mothering Sunday service and Sunday school.