Good
Friday

resources for Groups + Families

Jesus died so we might live.

Good Friday is the day where we intentionally remember that Jesus took our place in death. The Bible teaches that we are born with sin in our hearts and the price for running from God is death. This isn’t because of cruelty but rather reveals the weight of God’s perfection. By His mercy and grace toward us, He offered His own Son to die in our place. Before we can embrace the life that God offers to us, we must surrender our brokenness to Him. This is why we take time to remember Good Friday.

How To Participate

Make Time

This is the starting point. Take out your phone and block out at least 30 minutes at some point in the day. For the fullest experience, we'd recommend 50 minutes of dedicated time and 1 meal where you plan to discuss things with someone else.

Use the Plan

We've provided a simple at home experience outline below or you can your own using a combination of resources found on this page. Keep it simple and think about how you can spend time reflecting on Jesus' death. It doesn't have to be complicated for it to be meaningful. Even just a time of dedicated confession and prayer will share your heart with God.

Invite Someone

Pray about asking at least one person to join in you. This is also a chance to experience something with your group or family. Consider scheduling a meal where you can discuss your thoughts together after you complete the experience.

6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

-Romans 5:6-8

Plan Template

This is a template for a roughly 50 minute Good Friday Experience. It can be experienced individually but is meant for group or family reflection.
  • Begin by trying to release distractions
  • Play the instrumental track on the Good Friday playlist titled “Genesis” and reflect silently
  • Focus on breathing and tuning your mind and heart to participate in this moment
  • Use a pen and paper to write out your hesitations and whatever may be trying to keep your attention from Jesus in this moment
  • As you write, let these things go. Put them aside in your mind.
  • Listen to the song “Here Now (Madness)”
  • Sing along if you’re comfortable
  • Pray and acknowledge that God is with you in this moment
  • Declare that you know he has a plan and purpose for you
  • Ask Him to help you see the full story of Easter in a new light
  • Play the track titled “Isaiah 53:1-6” OR have someone read aloud Isaiah 53:1-6
  • After the reading, pause for 5 seconds of silence and then play the track titled “Man of Sorrows”
  • Sing along together or just listen intently to the lyrics as you reflect on the passage in Isaiah
  • If possible, prepare for this in advance.
  • If doing this with kids, take precaution to wear messy clothes / do not perform on carpet.
  • You’ll need:
    • Red paint (get it from Michaels here; one 2oz unit per 2 people)
    • Paper plates (1 for every participant)
    • A large bowl of water preferably clear plastic / glass
    • Paper towels / napkins
  • Instructions
    • Fill the plate with red paint and try to spread it so the surface is covered.
    • Have participants take a hand and place it slowly palm down into the red paint, allowing it to cover your hand.
    • Allow the paint to stay on your hand for a moment.
    • Play the track “Clean” from the Spotify playlist.
    • As the track plays, take turns washing the paint from your hand in the bowl.
    • While others wash, observe the paint staining the water.
  • If possible, prepare for this in advance.
  • If doing this with kids, take precaution to wear messy clothes / do not perform on carpet.
  • You’ll need:
    • Red paint or red food coloring (anything red that will stain water)
    • A large bowl of water preferably clear plastic / glass
    • Paper towels / napkins
  • Instructions
    • Gather around the bowl of water.
    • Play the track “Clean” from the Spotify playlist.
    • As the track plays, take turns squeezing a drop of paint or food coloring into the water.
    • Observe together how the paint / food coloring stains the water.
  • Have everyone together read out loud “The Mediator” from The Valley of Vision
  • Read slowly so everyone can participate
  • Individually spend time reading Mark 15:21–32 in a Bible or Bible app
  • If you have kids, have an adult read this out loud.
  • After everyone has finished the reading, play the track “Grace to Grace.”
  • Sing along or worship by listening to the lyrics of the song 
  • Have someone read out loud the final portion of Mark 15:33-41.
  • After reading, ask everyone to observe a moment of silence.
  • Try to remain silent for a minimum of 30 seconds even if it feels awkward.
  • Play the closing track “Death Be Not Proud.”
  • Listen and reflect together on this song.
  • Have someone close in prayer.

Good Friday FAQs

Why is it called Good Friday?

In short, even on this darkest day in history, when the Son of God surrendered His life unto death, there is great hope in that we didn’t have to pay the price ourselves. There is no greater thing that could be called “good!”

What should I expect?

The tone of this event is somber and quiet. Expect moments of reflection and simple yet intentional songs and moments.

What about Easter?

Good Friday is only part one of a bigger story that culminates on Easter. Join us Sunday, April 4th at 10:00am for an Easter celebration for everyone!

What if I have questions?

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