It’s Holy Thursday for the Christians out there and my kids don’t know it yet, but we’re heading to church tonight for services.
And they’re off from school tomorrow for Good Friday but instead of heading out to the zoo or the park for the day, we’ll be heading over to the church in the afternoon.
They do get Saturday off, but as soon as they check out their Easter baskets, they’ll be heading back to church Sunday morning.
Before we had kids I would go multiple services throughout Holy Week and, I finally feel like my kids are finally old enough to really take part in these worship experiences. (The 3-year-old isn’t old enough, but she usually does pretty well in church with an Elmo book and some Cheerios.)
I can remember taking Rose when she was 2 to the Good Friday services, and it was miserable. She was so disruptive I finally got up and left. I didn’t attempt Good Friday services again until last year.
The teens in the parish act out the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. I think makes it more interesting especially to a child, but also a little more realistic and scary. I think I only took Rose last year. I’m not sure if Walsh and the baby will be scared this year. We’ll see.
Michael isn’t off for Good Friday so it was just going to be me taking the three kids. But then my parents decided they wanted to come too. I’m thinking good. Now I have backup!
We’ll see how much protesting I get by Easter Sunday.
Do you try to take your children to multiple church services during Holy Week or any other time of the year? How do they generally fare? How old did you start taking them? How much church can kids take in one week?