Dementia friendly church services: Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Greetings to you during this Passion Week. Here are two nondenominational services for Good Friday and Easter Sunday to serve the elders in your care who are living with dementia. Once again, I’ve updated and remastered these videos from 2020.

Good Friday (April 2, 2021)

Please be aware that the Good Friday service is quite serious. Sometimes sad content can be upsetting for elders with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, so use your judgment. For many, however, the ritual of a Good Friday service may be important and even comforting.

This particular service doesn’t include a homily. Rather, I simply read the gospel story of Jesus’ final hours and intersperse many beautiful Good Friday hymns, such as “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” and “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord.”

Watch the 42-minute Good Friday worship service here.

Easter Sunday (April 4, 2021)

This video church service celebrates the most holy day in the Christian faith. In the midst of our troubled world, Easter morning reminds us of the life and hope we have in God.

Watch the 48-minute Easter Sunday worship service here. Christ is risen indeed!

Easter lily photo by Serafima Lazarenko on Unsplash

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