I am leading an intergenerational Lent group (more details here). This is what we did this week.
Introduction: We found the letters of our theme word around the room, and worked out that it was “temptation”. We briefly shared ideas about what temptation is. We discussed what we have given up/taken on for Lent, and what might tempt us to break those resolutions.
Story: I presented the story of the Temptation of Christ (Matthew 4.1-11) in a Godly Play style, using the desert bag.
Wondering questions: We wondered together about:
- I wonder where the voice Jesus heard in the desert came from?
- I wonder why Jesus kept saying “no”?
- I wonder what it feels like to be in the desert?
- I wonder what was the most important part of the story?
- I wonder if there’s anything we could take away and still have all the story we need?
- I wonder where you are in the story?
Reflection activity: We wrote/drew the things that tempt us on stones, and placed them in a sand tray. People had the opportunity to share what they had written/drawn with each other. Then we washed the writing/drawing off the stones and talked a bit about forgiveness.
Creative response: Everyone had the opportunity to decorate a stone to take home, to remind them of what we had experienced/discussed/reflected on.
Prayer: We used to our inflatable globe, taking it in turns to say what/who/where we were praying for as we rolled the globe to each other.
There were 7 of us: 4 adults (in our 20s and 30s), 2 three-year-olds, and a baby. Everyone was able to participate, and seemed to get something out of the experience. The ‘wondering’ was especially powerful, as we experimented with removing/replacing various elements of the story, to see if we still had all the story we need.