Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton

Good Friday All Age Worship

 

Hi everybody,

Normally on Good Friday morning we gather together in an all age service looking at the day that Jesus died and worshipping the God who gave all he had for us.

This year we can't do that and so below are some ideas for prayer activities that you might like to do if you are missing this particular service. It comes from a website called Engage Worship and the link to that site is below if you would like to look at it a little further.


The activities or prayer stations involve the sort of things that you may have around your house, especially if you have children either living with you or visiting regularly. If you don't have exactly what is called for, feel free to use your imagination and improvise. Of course you don't have to do all of it – maybe just choose the bits that appeals to you most and go for it.

https://www.engageworship.org/ideas/good-friday-allage-prayer-stations

MIRROR

This activity looks at us, the stuff we get wrong, and forgiveness.


Ephesians 2:9-10 (NLT) Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are Gods masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.


You will need:

  • A hand mirror

  • A white-board pen

  • A sponge cut into a cross shape

     

    Instructions:

  1. Take it in turns to look at your faces in the mirror.  Remind each other - You are Gods masterpiece!(Eph 2:10).

  2. Talk about the things which you do wrong - sins, selfish things, attitudes which are not Gods best.  Write them on the mirror in pen.

  3. Pray to say sorry for these things. 

  4. Use the cross shaped sponge to wipe the mirror clean again.

  5. Pray and thank Jesus for dying to clean our sins away.

     

     

    PLAY-DOUGH

     

    This activity looks that the human side of Jesus

    Philippians 2:7-8 (MSG) When the time came, [Jesus]... became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didnt claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

    You will need:

     

  • Balls of play-dough (bought or home-made)

     

    Instructions:

  1. Each take a piece of play-dough, and make an image of yourself.  It could be literally what you look like, or an image of how you feel.

  2. One person make a Jesusmodel out of the same play-dough. Read the verses below, and talk about how Jesus knows what it is like to be one of us - made of the same stuff.

  3. Pray - thank Jesus that he knows what it is like to be you, and that he died as one of us.

     

     

    WORLD

     

    This activity looks at the things that are wrong with our world and how God is working to put things right.

    Colossians 1:20 (MSG) all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.

    You will need:

  • Printouts of globes or world maps

  • A4 card

  • Pens

  • Glue stick

     

    Instructions:

  1. Talk about the problems that there are in the world, and write them on the world picture.

  2. Tear up the picture to show the brokenness of our planet. 

  3. Read the bible passage. Pray that we would see some of the putting-back-together of all things, as God works through his people in the world.

  4. Make a new picture by sticking your worldpieces onto the card.

     

    BREAD AND WINE

    This activity looks at the way we share bread and wine together and the reasons for doing that.

    1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (MSG) When we drink the cup of blessing, arent we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life, of Christ? And isnt it the same with the loaf of bread we break and eat? Dont we take into ourselves the body, the very life, of Christ? Because there is one loaf, our many-ness becomes one-ness - Christ doesnt become fragmented in us. Rather, we become unified in him.

     

    You will need:

  • Bread

  • Juice

     

    Instructions:

  1. Take out the bread, and talk about what this means to you. How do you think Jesus is the bread of life?

  2. Take out the grape juice, a symbol of the wine that Jesus compared to his blood. How does his blood make us right with God?

  3. Eating and drinking bread and wine together makes us one in Jesus.  Share the food and drink, with prayers of thanks. 

     

    CREATIVE WRITING

    This activity involves using your own words to write about Good Friday

    You will need:

  • Paper and pens

     

    Instructions:

  1. Talk about what Good Friday means to you. What do you think is Good about Jesusdeath on the cross?  Write down words or phrases people use.

  2. Turn your phrases into a poem, prayer, rap or other creative writing. Work on it together.  

  3. When youve finished, if you don't mind it being shared on the website or the Facebook page, send it to me (Hilary) I'd love to see them. If you don't want them to be shared more widely send them anyway and just tell me not to share it.

updated 9/4/20