Stations of the Cross

Today in Sunday School, we will take time to hear and respond to the story of Jesus’ final days of life.  Most classes will participate in some form of the Stations of the Cross.

A station is a place where people wait as they journey from one place to another.  Over the next few weeks, we will journey with Jesus toward the cross.  Over centuries, Christians have marked off these fourteen stations as waiting places in our journey with Jesus.  Stopping and reflecting at each of these “stations”  allows us to watch Jesus, to listen to Jesus, and to listen to ourselves.

Here is a website with a children’s version of the Stations of the Cross, in case you want to get a preview of what our kids will experience.

Learning Objectives:

(1.)  Children will hear and be able to retell the basic story of Jesus’ journey to the cross.

(2.)  Children will experience a new devotional practice by participating in the Stations of the Cross.

The plan:

Our 3 & 4 year old class – Post all 14 stations around your classroom.  Invite your class to participate in a *very abridged* version of the stations using one of the booklets you will find in your classroom.  Take time at the end of the class to choose a station and color it.  

Or, take time at the end of the class to cut crosses out of watercolor paper.  Paste them on a black background and paint them.  Talk about the very sad day that Jesus died.

Our Kindergarten & 1st grade class will join with our 4th&5th grade class in experiencing the stations of the cross in the nave, led by seminarian Stephen Crawford.  Plan to gather in your classroom and have a snack, then be led up to the nave.  When you return, you may want to work on some of the Stations of the Cross coloring pages you will find in your classroom.

Our 2nd & 3rd grade class will gather with me in the CE Commons to hear and respond to the Godly Play story, “Faces of Easter.”

Conclude in prayer.  

Gather in the CE Commons at 10:45 to sing together.

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