Craft: Blooming Cross

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Before your service, cut the top 1/3 off a carpet roll tube.
Notch out a piece in the middle of the 1/3 roll. (See
illustration.) Make the notch so it’ll snuggly fit around the
longer roll to form a cross. Drill small holes all over the cross.
Place the cross bottom into a Christmas tree stand and place the
cross at the front of your sanctuary.

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At the beginning of your service, have people of all ages make
flower blossoms. They can make these out of cut-up egg carton
compartments. Or they can fringe, scallop, or jaggedly cut the
edges of tissue paper squares. (Supply as many different
flower-making materials as you can.) Encourage creativity. There
are no right or wrong flowers. With help, the 3-year-olds can do as
well as the adults. Have people make as many flowers as necessary
to fill the cross.

Once their blossoms are finished, have people attach a pipe
cleaner stem to each flower and insert their flower into the cross.
Throughout the Lent season, people will enjoy pointing out their
flowers on the cross.

Close your Lent flower service with a prayer. Pray: Dear God,
thank you for sending Jesus to die for our sins. Help us understand
more clearly what Jesus’ death means for us. Just as the flowers
bloom on this cross, may his life bloom within us to show the world
his love. Amen.

Sheila Halasz
Crystal Lake, Illinois

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