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Craft: Blooming Cross

Children's Ministry Magazine

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.

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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