25 February 2024
Bible readings for today
God of the journey. you travel with us along paths both rough and smooth; as we celebrate your Son’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem travel with us into Holy Week,
that through your Holy Spirit we may witness to the depth of your passion
and be ready to rise into the fullness of Easter Day. Through Jesus Christ our Liberator,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
The Way of the Cross (Mark 8:31-38)
Today's story invites us to understand who Jesus is, and how he wants us to follow him,
The blog Danielle's Place has a plethora of Cross craft ideas including:
This activity could be done on a large sheet of newsprint paper, to include everyone's handprints on the one sheet, or each child could have their own smaller piece of paper to make a cross. It could be done as described, with the hands forming a cross, or in reverse, with the handprints providing the background to a white cross.
"PAINTED HAND PRINTS: Spread some paint on each child's one hand and let them place their painted hand print on a poster board and all the hands need to be in a formation of a cross when the prints are completed. When I did this activity, I did these cross-formation-hand-prints on our class room wall for decoration. The kids loved it and enjoyed it for years!"
Cross Colouring Sheet
A beautiful Celtic style cross to colour in. Click on the image to download it.
Take up Your Cross
A short, simple drama with touch of humour, taken from the Creative Youth Ideas blog.
You can download the Decoder Puzzle from Sermons4kids here.