Special Religious Events Lent Trail
This year as we enter the Lent period we have launched a Lent trail in school.
This will give all classes and children the opportunity to find out more about the meaning of Lent and to investigate some of the Bible readings and stories which teach us more about this important period in the Christian calendar.
Here is the script and the photos of the trail.
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2018 Lent Trail
You may have noticed that the school has become a lot more purple over the last few days.
The theme of course is Lent and we have a number of key events over this period to focus on:
9th February 2018 – Stevenage schools Parliament Love Day
20th February 2018 – Ash Wednesday (Beginning Lent Service KS1)
w/c 5th March 2018 – Year 6 Mothers day stalls
11th March 2018 – Mothering Sunday
26th March 2018 – Making a difference week (MADD)
26th March 2018 – Bridge Builders Easter Service
28th March 2018 – Easter Pageant
As you know from 2015 we made the decision to focus Lent much more on spiritual learning and growth and we had a lent trail last year that was well received. This year its back with some new activities. The idea is that all classes will follow the trail at some point over the lent period and to help you do that there is guidance at each station but also support in this document to guide you through how to use each station. It is important that you take pictures and record how children respond to the trail so that we know how to improve this for future years. You can do this in small groups or as whole class. You will need the hall to complete some of the activities so morning slots may work best.
Please let me know if things have run out or you need fresh materials. Also lots of pictures and comments from children please plus let me know what your focus is for making a difference day
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Lent trail – Station 1 (main entrance hall)
Forgiveness – Clear away sorry stones
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (attitude: forgive because you love the Lord)
This is a space for the children to say sorry for the things they have done wrong. A time for asking God’s forgiveness and the full knowledge that God remembers their wrongs no more – they are completely forgiven and God does not remember or hold it against them. God loves them!
Encourage the children to think for a minute about something they need to say sorry for. They need tell no-one except God.
Ask them to pick up a clear away sorry stone (glass pebble) and hold it. As if by holding it what they are sorry for is somehow transferred into that stone.
As they slowly walk to the water, ask them to hold the clear away sorry stone tight again thinking about what they are sorry for.
One by one they gently put their clear away sorry stone in the bucket, letting it go to God. As the water covers the stone, the writing is covered, you are forgiven – God remembers it no more. As Matthew said – ‘Your Father will also forgive you.’
Lent trail – Station 2 (The main hall – at the front)
Take your worries to the cross
Talk to the children about this station;
Some worry is good, because it makes us take precautions in risky situations. But often worry is bad because is makes us anxious and unsettled and stops us enjoying the good things in our lives. All kinds of things, real and imagined, at home or at school, can cause us worry or concern.
In the Bible we read, ‘cast all your anxiety on Him (God) because he cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:7) As you slowly walk the lighted pathway to the Cross, think about the things that worry you. Along the way are slips of paper and pens - stop at one! Show them the tables along the pathway where they may stop.
When you are there... Take a piece of paper. Write down one word or just one letter, that, top you, represents each thing that’s causing you to worry or feel stressed. This is just for you - it’s completely anonymous. Roll the slips of paper into a cylinder or scroll and hold it gently in your hand as if you were holding onto the things you wrote down. Make the scroll quite small – this is not in any way trying to make what worries any smaller, but it is just to help you give them to Jesus in His cross. If you hold onto worries tightly, no one else can see it, no one else can help, no one else can take it away.
Imagine that you can give these worries to someone who really cares for you.... and slowly complete your journey to the Cross. While you are here, it is your chance to put these worries to one-side, or let them go. Place the scroll into a hole in the cross and leave them with Jesus. If you or your family are not comfortable with the idea of taking things to the cross of Jesus today, you don’t have to.
God will still hear your worries and you can still leave them with Him, who cares for you.
Encourage the children to take their time and to think as they walk Tell them at the end that God loves them and will help them!!!
Lent trail – Station 3 (your classroom / woods or sensory garden)
KS2: We are going to use a Catholic resource based on praying the Stations of the Cross. The children will watch the following multimedia presentation. As a teacher ask the children to consider the presentation and then to write a newspaper article based on the presentation retelling the story and giving the views as an interview from Jesus, a soldier and one of the other parties; Mary, Simon etc. https://media.loyolapress.com/assets/lent/stations-eng/stations-eng.html This can then be used in helping the children to prepare for the Pageant.
KS1 and EYFS: Fizzy forgiveness – please be advised you will need to ask for the fizzy tablets (SS) before you undertake this part of the trail as these are medicines and close supervision with children must take place.
Encourage the children to quietly surround the fizzy vitamin tablet table. Explain to them the following, (in your own words is fine & so is ad libbing)
Sometimes we get hurt by other people. When this happens we feel hurt, angry and sad. Sometimes we need to tell an adult about what happened. Once things are sorted we have a choice: to forgive or not to forgive holding onto bad feelings makes you feel worse, which is why we need to forgive other people.
Take a tablet in your hand and think about the person who has hurt you..... ......take your time and think about forgiving that person. When you are ready, slowly walk to the other table. Encourage the children to take their time at this first table - perhaps a minute! Walk slowly with the children to the other table (together), then say Imagine this tablet now contains all the hurt, anger or sadness you feel about that other person Drop it into the water (only one per container) As you watch it dissolve, try and let go of the hurt and anger you feel..... ....let it go and forgive, just as God forgives us! Again, encourage the children to take their time, and also to be quiet. A simple prayer to be said around forgiveness. You may like to use your own or use this one:
Dear God, please forgive me for what I did. It was wrong and I disobeyed you. Please help me not to do it again. Thank You that by the time I have finished this prayer there will be no record of my sin - You won’t even remember the wrong I did. Lord, help me to love You more and more each day.
Lent trail – Station 4 (The sensory garden)
Be still – Be thankful
Collect the basket of purple fabric strips and bibles from Sarah (please be sure to return them). Give one strip of purple to each child. Take the children through to the sensory garden area (choose a dry day). All the fabric pieces are covered in purple ask them to think about why this is?
Whilst in this space the children can choose a number of things but they need to focus their minds and be still and calm. For hundreds of years people have discovered that being peaceful enables them to be more aware of God. In our busy world and in our busy school this is not easy. To be at peace. No need to talk, just be.
Children may choose to look at the Bibles, read passages or look at pictures. Children may hold the fabric pieces and say a prayer to themselves. Children may bow their heads or maybe they could sketch some of God’s creations they see around them. It does not matter what they do but they should be guided to be still and calm. It may benefit younger children to undertake this activity in smaller groups.
If they want they can say thanks to God in their mind or heart for something. As you do imagine your thanks going up to God in heaven.
End this session with a prayer of thanks.
I have stopped worrying about the bad things,
And I have been thinking all about the good things in life
Because I’ve been thinking about you
Lent trail – Station 5 (The main entrance lobby)
Jesus is made to carry his cross, it is very heavy and he knows he is on his way to be crucified.
He falls and the soldiers make a man called Simon help Jesus carry his heavy, wooden cross.
‘Simon of Cyrene doesn’t want your cross, Jesus. The soldiers make him help Jesus. Jesus is grateful and struggles to move up the hill a little faster.’
Teachers: light the candles and pass around the beads so that all children in the group have them in their hands. Ask them to think how things become better when they share their problems or feel connected by friendship like they are connected now by the beads.
KS1/EYFS: ask them to draw (or colour dependant on ability) Simon helping Jesus and record their reflections and comments on sharing struggles
KS2: Split class into 3rds, Read Mark 15:21 get them to record
Jesus: how does it feel to have help?
- Simon: why does he not want to help?
- Why did the soldiers get Simon to help?