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 “generosity”. We talked briefly about time when someone had been generous to us, or we had been generous to someone else.
Story: I told the story of the Widow’s Mite, using toy people and props to act out the story.
Wondering questions: We wondered together about:
- I wonder why the people in this story wanted to give?
- I wonder what it feels like to give away everything?
- 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 thought about what gifts we have, that we could give to or share with others, wrote/drew these things on coin-shaped pieces of silver card, and discussed them.
Creative response: With a variety of materials available, everyone was invited to create something to give to someone else.
Prayer: We made a paper chain with prayers written/drawn on each link.
There were five of us for this session – three adults and two children (aged 6 and 8). For two of the participants, this was the first session they had attended. The freedom of having a range of materials to use, and minimal guidance about what to make, led to some interesting discussions about what we had each chosen to create and why.