Prayer Activities

Daily Prayer Activities

We have lots of ways for you to be in prayer with us, even though we are not able to be physically with one another.


Morning Zoom Prayer

Join us for a time of prayer led by Pastor Brian using Zoom! Join by phone or webcam Mondays through Thursdays at 8:30AM.
  • If prompted for a password: 389781 (because of the increase of “zoom bombing,” we added a password to make the call more secure.)
  • Phone number to call in: +1 253-215-8782
  • Meeting ID: 478 323 5729

Join our Email Prayer Chain

To join, send an email to Marilyn Henry at requesting to be a part of this email chain.

Easter Sunday 2020

Easter KidZone Lesson

Easter Lesson
Icebreaker Question
Which is better: Peeps or Cadbury Eggs?
Raise a Hallelujah


Read Luke 24:1-12




Discussion Questions:

  1. Where did Mary go to look for Jesus?
  2. Why was Mary looking in the tomb for Jesus?
  3. What did the angel tell Mary?
  4. Why did Jesus die?
  5. How can we make Jesus our Savior?



Pass around some Easter eggs with candy in them. Shake the eggs, and try to guess which candy is in each. Then break them open and share some candy!



The Resurrection Tomb Craft

Children’s Ministry Easter Activities

Hi KidZone Families! As you might know, we often have fun worksheets and puzzles to work on in class. We wanted to provide some of those games and activities for you to do at home! We know everyone is getting stir-crazy and bored at home now, and we hope that these worksheets give you something fun and educational to do!

Worship: Good Friday

VBS 2020

Worship: Sunday, April 5

Maundy Thursday Service

A Worship Service for Maundy Thursday

April 9, 2020

(to be celebrated alone or accompanied by those with whom you shelter in place)

First United Methodist Church, Chula Vista 

An Explanation:  The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new reality for our world and our church.  Many of the Worship Services provided by our church are done so online, we virtually worship together and this will be true for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  Maundy Thursday is different though… it is often an experiential service incorporating a meal, candlelighting, footwashing, The Lord’s Supper and more. Rather than producing a service in which you all could view the experience of others, we thought it best to provide you with a service that you can do in your home and experience the rituals for yourselves.  Have fun, share the leader parts, and enjoy this unique opportunity to worship in your home.    

We invite you to adapt this service according to your family’s needs and abilities.  We recognize that many are “sheltering in place” alone and this presents a unique challenge.  Some will choose to observe the service alone, thereby deepening their understanding of the companionship of God.  Others may choose to connect by phone or video chat with others, thereby strengthening the bonds they have with one another.  We recommend that you observe this service at the dinner hour and following on Tuesday April 9, 2020, but any hour that day will work.  This service will work best if it follows a simple meal (soup and bread, beans and tortillas, rice and tofu, etc.) and make sure you save a portion of the meal for inclusion in the service.  We invite you to take a photo of any part of the service (including people or not) and send it to so that we might post these photos and together experience one another’s Maundy Thursday observance.    

Items you will need for a full observance of this service:

  • A Bible 
  • A candle for each participant
  • A glass of water 
  • A plate with a portion of your meal (a piece of bread, a tortilla, etc.) 
  • A basin full of soapy water
  • A hand towel 
  • A Phone/tablet/other online source for music 



Spend a few minutes to set up a room for the service.  There should be a place to sit for  everyone, a central table with the unlit candles, glass and plate and a separate chair with the basin and towel lying before it. You might put on some instrumental music and dim the lights a bit if possible     


Reader:  We gather together on this Maundy Thursday to remember Jesus’ love for his disciples and observe God’s love for us.  This is a solemn service, made ever more so by the Covid-19 pandemic, that separates us from many others and from our normal rhythms of life.  Let us observe this service knowing that many in our faith community are doing the same in their own way and that as we all observe together this day, we are drawn together as the Body of Christ. For this we give thanks, let us worship.  


Navigate to the following link to listen to the music together, keeping an attitude of solemn prayer throughout.  

Video Title: “Go to Dark Gethsemane”

Channel: TheNCrew EliEli

If you are without a music source spend a couple minutes meditating on this lyric from the hymn , Tis Finished!  The Messiah Dies. 

Tis finished!  The Messiah dies, cut off for sins, but not his own.  Accomplished is the sacrifice, the great redeeming work is done.  


Confession and Pardon 

Reader:  My sisters and brothers, Christ shows us his love by becoming a humble servant.  Let us draw near to God and confess our sin in the truth of God’s Spirit.

Reader (read each of the following bold lines, inviting the participants to repeat after you line by line.    

Most merciful God,
we your Church confess
that often our spirit has not been that of Christ.
Where we have failed to love one another as he loves us,
where we have pledged loyalty to him with our lips
and then betrayed, deserted, or denied him,
forgive us, we pray;
and by your Spirit make us faithful in every time of trial;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reader:  Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ. But Christ suffered and died for us, was raised from the dead and ascended on high for us, and continues to intercede for us. Believe the good news: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!  Glory to God. Amen.


Scripture Lessons –  John 13:1-17

  Matthew 26:26-29 

Sermon – Each person take a moment and share your answers to any or all of the following 

questions (if you are observing alone, you may find it meaningful to journal your 

answers.  If you are observing with young children please take a moment to alter the 

questions so that they are developmentally appropriate for the age.) 

  1. What is the most humbling task you have ever had to perform?
  2. Is it more comfortable for you to serve others or to be served?
  3. Where is one place in your life that sacrifice, service and/or humility could be further developed?   

Responses to the Word

Concerns and Prayers – take a moment and encourage each person to share any prayer 

concerns they might have.  Once all have shared their concerns take some time of silence 

and invite each person to light their candle while silently offering their prayers. 

Footwashing — Footwashing is a powerful symbolic response to the Word, dramatizing the servanthood of Jesus, both on the night before his death and in his continuing presence in our midst.  Allow each person to have a chance to have their feet washed and to wash another’s feet. The act of washing is symbolic and can be accomplished by placing one’s feet in the basin and the one kneeling simply splashing water over the tops of the partially submerged feet.  


Presenting the Elements 

Reader:  We read earlier from the Gospel of Matthew about Jesus instituting what today we call Holy Communion.  There is an official way that we are led in receiving Holy Communion from our ordained clergy that sets this meal apart as a sacramental sign of God’s grace.  Now that we are separated from the church community, from our ordained clergy and from the sacrament of Holy Communion we return to the spirit of this meal that Jesus shared with his disciples.  He simply took the most common elements that would be on the table at each meal and told them that every time they ate of these elements to remember him and remember that he is always with them. We have elements from our meal and we are going to pray over these elements, pray the Lord’s Prayer together and then share in these elements.  This will be different than the Sacrament of Holy Communion but it will be no different than what Jesus asked his disciples to do when they gathered together.  

Let us pray:  O God, in remembrance of your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving, as a holy and living sacrifice in union with Christ’s offering for us.  Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, by your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other and one in ministry to all the world. Now be one with us as we prayer together……Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, amen.    

Take a few moments sharing the elements with all who are present.  



Navigate to the following link to listen to the music together, keeping an attitude of solemn prayer throughout.  

Video Title: “St. Olaf Choir – “What Wondrous Love” – Southern Harmony, arr. Robert Scholz

Channel: St. Olaf College

If you are without a music source spend a couple minutes meditating on this lyric from the hymn, Were You There?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?  Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Dismissal with Blessing 

Reader:  I am going to share the blessing that Pastor Brian gives at the conclusion of all worship 

services in the sanctuary….

Go in peace and live by faith, 

knowing that Jesus Christ goes before you to show you the way, 

behind you to give you courage, 

below you to lift you up, 

above you to protect you, 

and beside you to walk step and step each day of your journey.

Go in Peace and live by faith, Amen.  

The Peace 

Take a moment to share signs of God’s peace with one another 


This service was adapted from the United Methodist Book of Worship