Hot Cross Buns
Many churches have now established a tradition of giving away hot cross buns to shoppers in the street on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The sweet buns are made with cinnamon, mixed spice, nutmeg, and currants or raisins and are marked with a white cross. You can provide a leaflet to go with the buns giving an explanation: the cross on the bun represents the cross on which Jesus died, the spices remind us of the spices used to anoint the dead, and the yeast that makes the buns rise reminds us Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. Ask people in the congregation to donate packets of buns – maybe local traders will donate some too.