Family Activities for Holy Week ~ April 5 -12

AS WE BEGIN

Today on Palm Sunday we begin Holy Week. One week to tell the story of Jesus’ Sacrifice. It would be wonderful if you could spend some time this week with your children explaining what happened each day of this most special week.

PALM SUNDAY: APRIL 5TH

Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a Donkey colt. The people saw him coming and they rushed out of their homes. They were very excited and thrilled to see him. They spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street in front of him and waved more palm branches to celebrate his arrival.

Read Matthew 21:1-11 as a Family. Think of something or someone to celebrate in your lives.

MONDAY – APRIL 6TH, 2020

Early in the morning Jesus went to the temple to preach about God’s love. Many people came to the temple to listen to him. The temple leaders did not want Jesus to preach there. He chased the moneylenders out of the Temple which angered many. Jesus wanted to keep the temple a Holy Place.

Read Mark 11:15-19 as a Family. Think of something that makes church Holy for you.

TUESDAY – APRIL 7TH, 2020

On Tuesday Jesus continued to teach in the Temple. He told stories to show that God wants people to live good lives and be kind to each other.​

Read Matthew 26:6-13 as a Family. What special gift would you give Jesus?

WEDNESDAY – APRIL 8TH, 2020

On Wednesday, which is called Spy Wednesday, Judas Iscariot one of the twelve disciples went to the chief priests and was given 30 Pieces of Silver to betray Jesus.

Read Matthew 26:14-16 as a Family. Why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus, his friend?

MAUNDY THURSDAY – APRIL 9TH, 2020

On Thursday was the Feast of the Passover. This Passover meal we now call the Last Supper because it was the last time Jesus and his twelve disciples would get together to share a meal. At this meal Jesus blessed the bread and wine and told his disciples that they should continue to do the breaking of bread and drinking the wine to remember him.

We do this every Sunday in Church. It is called Communion or Eucharist. After Supper they went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and Jesus asked his disciples to stay awake with him. But they all fell asleep. At the garden Jesus was arrested.

Read Matthew 26:26-30 as a Family. Jesus prayed in the Garden.  Write a two line family prayer that you can always pray.

GOOD FRIDAY – APRIL 10TH, 2020

The chief priest and other officials turned Jesus over to Pontius Pilate the Roman Governor of Palestine. They were afraid of him. They wanted to have Jesus killed. Pilate washes his hands and says the people can choose one prisoner to release. The crowd decides to choose Barabbas, a murderer. So Jesus is condemned to death and is forced to carry his cross to Golgotha, the place of the skull. There he is hung on the Cross and he dies in three hours. Before he died Jesus prayed “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”​

Read Matthew 27:31-56 as a family. That night Jesus was laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.  What did his disciples feel like at time?

HOLY SATURDAY – APRIL 11TH, 2020

Saturday was a terrible day for the disciples. They were sad. They thought they had lost Jesus forever. They were afraid the Roman soldiers would come for them. They did not know if they could carry on God’s work without Jesus. They gathered together and hid. They were sad and afraid.

Read Luke 23:49, 55-56 as a Family. Have you ever been afraid?
What could make you feel brave and unafraid. Prayer?

EASTER SUNDAY – APRIL 12, 2020

Early in the morning the women who were followers of Jesus went to the tomb where his body had been placed. They wanted to bury the body properly. When they got there they found Jesus’ body was not there. They were afraid his body had been stolen. But then an Angel appeared and said” Do not be afraid! Jesus has risen from the dead. Go quickly and tell the disciples that they should go to Galilee and you will see him there.

Read Mark 16: 1-7 as a Family.
Celebrate the Risen Lord!

Take care of yourselves. Stay safe & be good to each other. May God bless us all.

Happy Easter!​

Always,
Sue Beckham 🙂
Director of Family Ministry

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St. Thomas Family Fun Camping Trip: Sep 15 -17

When September rolls around, guess what?…summer isn’t really over yet!

Join us for one last blast of summer fun with camping with your friends at St Thomas.

Go for a hike, sing campfire songs, chat with friends, relax in the warmth of a California summer!

Now is the time to start planning for the St. Thomas “Family Fun Camping Trip” and reserve your campsite!

PLANNED ACTIVITIES

* Hikes & Games
* Camp fire with Songs ‘n’ S’mores
* BBQ Dinner (sponsored by St. Thomas Family Ministry)
* Pastor Salying’s Super Awesome Sunday service in the park

WHEN

9/15 (Friday) – 9/17 (Sunday)

LOCATION

Memorial Park in San Mateo County: 9500 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar, CA 94021

WHAT TO BRING & CAMPING OPTIONS

This is an overnight tent camping experience. You must bring your own tent, cooking supplies and other camping related equipment.

You may choose to camp for 1-night, 2-nights or just come on Saturday for daytime use.

COMMUNAL DINNER ON SATURDAY: St. Thomas Family Ministry will host a BBQ dinner on Saturday. Please bring a dish to share for the BBQ dinner.

Other than the Saturday BBQ, you are responsible for all your meals during the camping, so plan accordingly.

RESERVE A CAMPSITE ASAP

Reserve your campsite as soon as possible. This can be done via online at https://secure.itinio.com/sanmateo/memorial-park# or by calling the San Mateo County Parks reservation desk at (650) 363-4021.

When making a reservation, be sure to choose the correct camping dates (check in on 9/15 Friday and checkout on 9/17 Sunday) and the correct park (Memorial Park).

See below for the map of the Memorial Park camping site. You may reserve any one of the available sites but try to stay close to the tent sites #10-29 (circled in the map below), so St. Thomas members can be more or less together.

Also many of the tent sites are large enough to accommodate two smaller tents, so if you are a single camper, you may want to coordinate with another single parish member and share one tent site.

FINAL INSTRUCTIONS

Once you have booked your camping site, please alert Bora or Contact Us with Family Camp listed in the subject line. We would like to know how much food to cook for the Saturday dinner.

Also if you are planning to come on Saturday for daytime use only, please let Bora know as well.

ADDITIONAL INFO

For a Memorial Park brochure and park map, follow the link to San Mateo Parks & Recreation Dept. – Memorial Park.

QUESTIONS

If you have questions or are interested in reserving a campsite, please Contact Us.

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No Sunday School – Nov. 13th

On this day we will have a special visit from the Bishop during 10:30 AM Worship Service; therefore, there will be no Sunday School this morning.

Sunday School will resume its normal activities the following Sunday.

FAMILY EUCHARIST

Children will go with their families directly to 10:30 AM Worship Service to celebrate Family Eucharist with Bishop Mary.

Childcare will be held at the rear of the Church with Tina.

THANKSGIVING CANNED FOOD DRIVE

Reminder: We will be receiving food donations on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank and the children will help with the collection at the door to the church.

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Mass on the Grass & Parish Picnic – June 12th

We cordially invite you to join us for “Mass on the Grass” followed by the annual Parish Picnic in celebration of the completion of our program year!

TIME & PLACE

There is only one worship this day as we gather together for “Mass on the Grass” at 9:30 am across the street from Saint Thomas in Washington Park’s lawn area.

Please bring a blanket or lawn chairs for added comfort. A limited number of chairs from the church will also be available.

Following the service, we will gather together in the designated picnic area where we will have some reserved tables, enjoying some chit-chat, snacks and beverages as we fire up the barbecue and finish setting up. We’ll ring the bell signaling when lunch is ready!

If you are new to Saint Thomas, we welcome you to come out and join us! For directions, see Directions & Campus Map.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU

We will be ready with beef hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Being mindful of some dietary restrictions, we will also offer salmon, turkey, and veggie burgers as an alternative. Condiments and drinks will be also be included.

BRING A DISH TO SHARE

There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex at the back of the sanctuary. Place a check in the box corresponding with a requested food options: coffee, doughnuts, snacks, appetizers, salads, side dishes, and desserts. It’s so much more interesting when we share!

FUN & GAMES

Enjoy worship, fellowship, good eats, fun and games or just take a breather and soak up the great outdoors. There’s something for everyone!

QUESTIONS OR VOLUNEETER

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering to help out with the event, Contact Us*

*Select Parish Event Planners (PEP) from the drop-down menu to direct your inquiry to PEP.

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Easter Egg Hunt – Mar. 27th

CHILDREN ARE INVITED

Children are invited to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt after a special 9:00 AM Easter Service on March 27th.

Join us in celebrating this fun-filled and much anticipated Easter tradition at Saint Thomas!

BRING YOUR OWN BASKETS

Children should bring their empty Easter baskets to church to use in the hunt.

REQUEST FOR CANDY DONATIONS

Donations of individually wrapped “non-chocolate” candies (chocolate melts in the sun) are kindly requested. Please place candy donations in the basket located on the Narthex table near the entrance to the sanctuary.

QUESTIONS

Anyone with questions should direct them to Family Ministry Director – Contact Sue Beckham

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