Lent & Banner Making

Hear the Word:  1 John 3:16-19

Talk about the season of Lent:  

What is the color for the season of Lent?  And why might purple be the color we use for Lent?  (Perhaps because purple is the color of kings, because we are preparing for the coming of a king and his going and coming again…)

Lent is a time for getting ready for the mystery of Easter.  How do you imagine we might get ready?

For a long time, the Church has believed that giving to and praying for others helps us get ready to meet Jesus.  Today, we are going to make something with love for other children.  We will also take time to learn about their lives, and to pray for them.

Special guests:  One person who has visited Haiti will be present in each SS class to offer a short reflection on where Haiti is, who the children in Haiti are, etc.  Feel free to use our ‘world’ beach balls to locate Haiti on a map.

Banners:  Each class will work on some aspect of a banner.

  • 2 year olds:  Will color fabric stars
  • 3 & 4 year olds will use fabric paint to make handprints in the shape of a heart.  On the inside of the heart, we will use sponges to write “God is Love” and “Dieu est Amour”

I will try to pull together a stash of painting smocks/shirts for this class.

  • Kindergarten & 1st graders will trace their feet onto bright pieces of fabric.  We will cut out their feet and embroider them onto a banner that with the words of a favorite song, “We are Marching in the Light of God”
  • 2nd & 3rd graders will color stars that are are traced onto white fabric.  (The stars will be embroidered onto a night sky.)  They will also work to cut out and piece together a world (northern hemisphere) as the theme of their banner will be, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”
  • 4th & 5th graders will trace the letters of the word (don’t tell!) ALLELUIA onto fabric, then will cut the fabric out and piece them onto a banner.  The words will be embroidered onto the banner by one of our volunteer sewers.

Take time to pray for the children whose class will receive the banner.

When you’re finished, come out into the CE Commons to sing! 

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