April 2003: Stations of the Cross
Run from late afternoon to enable children to take part and to give more time to go round.
0. explanation sheet [moya]
1. jesus condemned to die
Walking towards the station breaks a sensor beam that triggers the sound of a jeering crowd. On the TV are washing hands and a meditation. [mike + adam]
2. jesus carries his cross
write sins on little crosses [moya]
'Think of a sin you wish to offload onto Jesus and to receive help and forgiveness for. Write it in pencil on a cross and carry it with you. At station 11 there will be instructions on how to offload it.'
3. jesus falls 1 [steve]
concrete paving slab with the words 'I am the stone that makes them stumble'
4. jesus meets his mother
people who've inspired your faith - who do you inspire? - book of life write names in [mark/deborah]
5. simon carries the cross
Add a stone symbolising your sin to the rucksack. Put it on to feel the burden. [jonny]
6. Veronica wipes Jesus' face [anna]
The non-biblical tradition is that Veronica wiped the sweat and blood from Jesus' face. The cloth she used then bore the image of the face of Christ.[mike will bring face-print game]
7. jesus falls 2 [steve]
concrete paving slab with the words 'I am the rock on which they fall'
8. women of jerusalem - [mark/deborah]
making painted handprints
9. jesus falls 3 [steve]
concrete paving slab with the words 'I am the stone that the builders rejected'
10. jesus is stripped
kindling sticks dipped purple paint sandpaper writing [jackie][mike]
11. jesus is nailed to the cross
Nail the little cross you made at station 2 to the big cross. [moya]
12 . jesus dies - dead bouquet [jonny]
Flowers are tied to the mesh like the scene of a road accident or street murder. A meditation on Christ's death plays on the computer.
13. the deposition from the cross
This evokes a military field hospital [the Iraq war had just taken place] with empty bed. The monitor is flatlining. [flatline on oscilloscope + whistle][mike][mark - camp bed]
14. jesus is laid in the tomb
Outside, we lay a stone on the tomb and light a candle.
tv/video for kids in schoolroom
cafe in first room - draw folding screen and enter thru door
need to instruct parents re taking small kids round and telling them the story - not unsupervised
hot cross buns, tea, coffee, juice, wine