According to American Catholic, the seven sacraments are ceremonies that show what God holds sacred for the people of Earth. The seven are Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick. Only priests may administer the sacraments, but all Catholics can experience six of the seven. Crafts representing the meanings of the sacraments can help children understand their significance.
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Kids often love to draw, meaning they'll probably jump at a chance to create posters during class time. After learning about the sacraments, each child chooses a sacrament to draw; if you have more than seven students in your class, they may repeat or form teams. If you have fewer than seven students, each student may choose two sacraments to draw. The object is for the students to create posters immediately recognisable as the sacrament they chose, without using words. They must use only drawn symbols.
A skit about the sacraments not only exercises students' creativity, it gets them up and moving to help prevent boredom and lethargy. Older students may study the sacraments in pairs to get the meanings, while younger students should engage in a group discussion before presenting a skit. Using art supplies like face paint, scrap cloth, ribbons, beads and glitter glue, each child must choose and create a costume for one of the sacraments. At the end of the class, the students present the skit to the teacher. If you have more than seven students, have two groups create skits. Some students may have to represent two sacraments.
Each sacrament happens at a specific time in a person's life, and three of them happen only once. To help illustrate this principle, your students may create a timeline covered with symbols of each sacrament. The students can draw the timeline skeleton on a long piece of paper and fill in the dates of each sacrament with letter stencils, especially if the students are younger. The timeline should begin with Baptism and end with the Anointing of the Sick, or Last Rites. Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist, or Holy Communion, should appear many times on the timeline. To represent Matrimony and Holy Orders, the timeline should fork to represent a distinct choice.
Making small sacrament charms works well for a Catholic teen youth group or summer program. Over several days, each teenager creates one charm for each sacrament. The charms may be made of polymer clay, resin and resin blanks, or beads woven together on wire. At the end of the program, each youth should have a charm bracelet of the sacraments. This may work well as a continuing Confirmation class project as well.
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