What you need:
Have a close look at the tree with the lemmings in it. They are all doing different things. Some are in the tree, some are nearby the tree, some are looking from afar.
Imagine the tree is God, where do you feel you’re at with Him?
Reflect on the tree. Where would you like to be and why?
Spend some time in prayer and ask god to show you two ways that you can grow to be where you wish you were with him.
CREATE A CROSS
Make a cross to carry –it doesn’t have to be large –and you can choose to be as creative or simple as you wish. The simplest way to create across is to cut out a cross shape, or you may enjoy folding a strip of paper like this:
While you are making it reflect what the cross meant during Jesus era and what the cross means now.
1. Take a long strip of paper and make a 45 degree fold so the top third of the paper points towards the left.
2. Take this end of the paper and fold it behind (mountain fold) and towards the right.
3. Fold the paper back towards the left. Make sure the folds are straight so you don’t cinch the centre portion of the cross.
4. Loop the end of the paper towards the right and then back towards the centre of the cross.
5. Adjust the loop so the left and right side are even. Press down to flatten the paper. This makes the left and right arms of the cross.
6. Fold down the arms of the cross. A white, central square should be visible.
7. Take the bottom end of the paper strip and weave it through the centre of the cross.
8. Pull through completely. Once this is done, the model is quite stable and will not unravel.
9. Bring the end of the paper back towards the centre of the cross and weave it through again.
10.Pull through but leave enough paper so it makes the top part of the cross. This part should be slightly longer that the right and left arms of the cross.
11.Bring the paper back up BEHIND the model and weave the end through the centre part of the cross. If necessary, cut off excess paper.
12.Pull through as much as necessary to make a nicely proportioned cross. You can leave the arms of the cross slightly rounded, or press them down flat.
Put it somewhere in your room to remind you of the sacrifice Jesus made.
FACES OF JESUS
What you need:
Faces of Jesus powerpoint
Begin by reading over this bible verse:
‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me,I was in prison and you came to visit me. Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:35
Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. -John 14.6
As you reflect on the verses above open the powerpoint and Take a few minutes to sit and reflect on the projected images of Jesus, drawn from art throughout the ages.
Think about your own understanding of Jesus and your call as a disciple of Christ.
Consider: Which images affirm your understanding of Jesus and his life?
Which images challenge your understanding of Jesus?
What about your understanding of Jesus still surprises you, pushes you, invites you out of your comfort zone?
Think about what Good Friday means to you. What do you think is Good about Jesus’ death on the cross?
Write down words or phrases of key things you heard or reflected on.
Turn your phrases into a poem, prayer, rap or other creative writing.
When you’ve finished, show the poem to one of the leaders – or share it on your social media to encourage others.