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 “repentance”. We briefly shared ideas about what repentance means is. We each had the opportunity to share a time when we had said “sorry” and a time when someone had said “sorry” to us.
Story: I presented the story of the Prodigal Son, using Objects of Reference.
Wondering questions: We wondered together about:
- I wonder what made the son come back home?
- I wonder how the father had felt when he was waiting for the son to come back? And how the brother felt?
- I wonder what happened the day after the party?
- 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: I introduced the concept of repentance meaning “turning” back to God, and shared a brief demonstration of this: water (representing all that is good) is poured continually from a jug (representing God) to a cup (representing us). When we turn away from God, we don’t get filled up with those good things in the same way, but whenever we turn back to God, we do. God never changes, and is continually pouring out good things for us.
Then we stood between two large pieces of paper. We wrote/drew on one the things we wanted to repent of and change. Then we physically turned around to face the other piece of paper, and wrote/drew on it what we wanted things to be like instead.
Creative response: We had double-sided cards (a different colour on each side) which people could use to write/draw some of the things they wanted to repent of, and what they wanted instead, in the same way as on the large pieces of paper, to take home as a reminder.
Prayer: We used pipe cleaners to make the things/people we were praying for.
There were six of us this week – two adults and four children (aged 6-10). There was nobody who came both last week and this week (except me!).
Our prayer time was developed and enhanced when one of the children suggested that we got the world map out, to place our pipecleaner people on.