Lent, the 40 days preceding Easter, is supposed to be a time of sacrifice and contemplation, and a period in which believers renew their faith in God and the church. For families, Lent provides a perfect "teachable moment" in which parents and Sunday school teachers can share the message of Lent with children of all ages. One easy and enjoyable activity is to have everyone in the family construct crosses and adorn them with favourite Bible quotations. You can then display the crosses or carry them as a reminder to turn toward God during Lent.
Trim twigs to similar sizes using scissors; then allow the twigs, if fresh, to dry out completely. Drying time can take a few days, depending on the wood.
Lay the twigs or Popsicle sticks across one another in a cross shape. Arrange the horizontal twig or stick slightly above the centre of the vertical twig or stick.
Secure the cross with a dollop of white glue. Allow the glue to dry overnight.
Snip a length of twine 10 to 12 inches long.
Wrap the twine around the glued joint in the centre of the cross. Tie the ends into a knot on the back of the cross and clip off excess.
Cut rectangles from construction paper to create banners for your quotations.
Choose a quotation from the Bible, if you have not done so already. One recommended quotation, if you do not have a favourite, is from 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2, when St. Paul reminds believers of the promise of Lent: "Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation!"
Copy the quotation onto the paper banner using markers.
Turn the banner over, dot white glue on both ends, and then position the banner over the cross so that the banner lies over the horizontal arms. Press down to ensure good contact between the wood and glue. Allow the piece to dry, and then display.
If desired, glue a small length of twine onto the top of the cross for hanging.
Tips and warnings
- If desired, glue a small length of twine onto the top of the cross for hanging.