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 “faithfulness”. We briefly shared ideas about what it means to be faithful, and what faith means to us.
Story: I presented the Godly Play story for the Parable of the Mustard Seed.
Wondering questions: We wondered together about:
- I wonder what seeds we have?
- I wonder what those seeds need to grow?
- 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: Everyone chose a seed, stuck it to a piece of paper, and drew a plant growing from it which we felt reflected our own faith. We shared what we had drawn and had the opportunity to speak about what it represented.
Creative response: We did marble painting, but using seeds instead of marbles – we dipped seeds in paint, and rolled them across paper to create patterns.
Prayer: We took it in turns to light candles and place them on a large world map.
There were seven of us for this session – three adults and four children. We discovered that mustard seeds are a bit too light for effective ‘marble’ painting – they fly everywhere and spread the paint far and wide! This in itself prompted some interesting reflections – is that what the kingdom of God is like?!