Journey Around the Cross: Easter Edition

WP_20160321_11_47_46_Pro (2)

For the season of Lent, our parish has been “Journeying Around the Cross” with Jesus through a resource that my husband and I created.  You can find out more about it here:

https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/journey-around-the-cross-a-new-way-to-mark-time-during-lent/

JaC7

The way that it works is that you move the glass bead one circle each day in Lent.  On Sundays, you rest and light your candle instead of moving forward.  On Good Friday, you turn the cross over to reveal the black side:

WP_20160321_13_48_42_Pro (2).jpg

Then, on Easter, you come to church and receive one of these to put into the center of your cross:

WP_20160321_11_46_20_Pro (2).jpg

I wanted to figure out a way to continue using this resource into the Easter season.  I decided that the best way to do this was to switch the candles to something more Easter-like.  You would leave the cross out, stop marking every day of Easter, and light your candle every Sunday in the season of Easter.  The colors of the season are gold and white, and butterflies are a symbol of Easter because they remind us of the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Below, learn how to make this resource for your own family or congregation!

WP_20160315_08_55_21_Pro (2)

First, gather your materials.  I used a small glass votive holder, butterfly stickers from the scrapbooking aisle, and gold glitter fabric paint.

WP_20160315_08_56_40_Pro (2)

Next, paint your first swirl.  Be careful not to add too much paint, or it will run down the side of the glass before it dries.

WP_20160315_08_57_42_Pro (2).jpg

Next, add a half butterfly to the bottom left of the swirl and a whole butterfly of a different color to the top right side of the swirl.

WP_20160315_08_58_49_Pro (2).jpg

Add a second swirl to the right of the whole butterfly.

 

WP_20160315_08_59_00_Pro (2).jpg

Add another whole butterfly in a third color to the right of the second swirl.

WP_20160315_08_59_37_Pro (2).jpg

Add a third swirl that extends from this butterfly to the half butterfly at the beginning.

WP_20160315_09_00_15_Pro (2).jpg

Let it dry.  The sparkles will appear as the paint dries.

WP_20160321_11_46_20_Pro (2)

Add a white votive candle to the center.

WP_20160321_11_47_46_Pro (2).jpg

Place it in the center of your cross or use on its own.  May God bless you and yours this Easter season!

Advertisements

Valentine’s Day: 1 John 3:1

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to remember how much you love us.  Help our time to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  1 John 3:1a
This week’s story is one of my favorite verses about God’s love for us:

See what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called children of God;
and that is what we are. (1 John 3:1a)

Here is a short video with actions to help you learn this verse by heart:

This week, your family has probably been wrapped up in Valentine’s Day.  This holiday was originally a saint’s day, or a holy day for the church.

Discuss as a family:  Who loves you?  How do you know?  Who do you love?  How do they know that you love them?  Does God love you?  How do you know?  How much?

Activity:  Lacing Cards and Sewn Valentine Cards
My older daughter has been making special cards for her grandparents and aunts for Valentine’s Day.  I got the idea here:

http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/valentines-day/valentine-crafts-kids/heart-sewn-valentine

I used a awl to punch small holes in a heart shape on the front of the card.  Then, my daughter used embroidery floss tied to a plastic yarn needle to outline the heart (she went around two times to get a stitch between each hole).  On some of the cards, she even added a cross to remind her family that she loves them, and Jesus loves them too!  Here is a pic of one of the finished products:

Stitched Heart Cards

 

My younger daughters cannot yet be trusted with needles (even plastic ones!), so I made heart-shaped lacing cards for them.  I cut a large heart shape out of card stock and used a hole punch to make holes along the edge.  Then, we used shoelaces that I found in a 6 pack at the dollar store to sew them up.  My older daughter got into the fun, too, and we ended up lacing yellow stars and green shamrocks as well.  Here is a pic of the stitched lacing cards:

Heart Lacing Cards.jpg

Option:  You could also do this Family God Time as you are making your own Valentines.  I am always looking for an opportunity to add a little more faith to our family time, and there is nothing like sitting at the dining room table and talking about Jesus while doing something together.  If you have already made and sent your valentines, try to think of someone in your family, neighborhood, or church who might not receive much mail or encouragement and bring one to their house!

Song:  Jesus Loves Me
You probably already know this song, but do you know all the actions and verses?  Check out this video to learn them all!

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith, even during the holidays!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Thank you, God, for this holy time together to feed our faith as a family.  Bless us as we remember that Jesus loves us every day.  Amen.