for the
Family Service
St. Augustine's

2000 April 30

These are notes and comments on some of the items which appear in the Family Service script. Links from the script point to these entries; clicking the links in the left hand column of the table takes you back to the corresponding link in the script - or, where more than one link from the script points to the note, back to the first such link.

The comments are typically related to features of the service which are specific to our church or the time of the service, or which for some other reason we think might require alteration for another setting.

For references to the internal geography of the church, it might be helpful to inspect the plan.

Stage setting : We constructed a cave at one side of the altar area.
Properties : We prepared "sparklers" for children to wave during the singing of "Joy is the Flag flown High....". ( The children took these home with them. )

CAVE. We used a tent to form a cave at one side of the altar area where the women went to look for Jesus. The tent wasn't set up as a tent; the canvas was roughly draped over a simple framework to resemble a rocky mound with a hole in it big enough for the action.
COLLECTORS. Usually a selection from the members of the cast.
EASTER STORY. There was no script for the story. The story-teller simply told the story in her own words.
HIDING. Alternatively, both Jesus and the angel could hide before the service begins, but then the actors who take these parts wouldn't be able to take part in any other preceding action. We are not usually so well off for actors that each can play only one part.
JUMPING UP AND DOWN A song. We no longer know what it was. We think it came from a tape recording, but we can't find any details. Any appropriate Easter Action song would do.
KIDS' CLUB. An after-school club for primary schoolchildren, based at St. Augustine's.
THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRY The details are lost; we suppose it was a reading describing Jesus's entry to Jerusalem.