This week our 5-11s are looking at the Lord's Prayer. As our children are very accustomed now to using symbols in prayer and story telling, I thought I'd put together some symbols for this prayer. I've seen Easter story symbols put in plastic Easter eggs and as we had some lying around I've used them as containers (easy to carry around!). As usual, the symbols I've used are all things that you might find lying around the house or could get hold of easily!
The idea is that we can open the eggs (each containing a relevant section of the prayer) and discuss how the symbols relate to the words and meaning...
Our Father in heaven: Smiley face sticker, feather and foam heart
Symbols of love, gentleness, happiness, peace to represent what heaven will be like.
Hallowed be your name: gem stones
Symbols of how precious God is and how we should be respectful and careful with how we use His name.
Your Kingdom come: Crown
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven: foam hearts
Symbols of how God wants us to behave on earth so that His will can be done here.
Give us today our daily bread: lego bricks and pasta pieces
symbols of food and bricks (shelter)- things God gives us so we can have what we need day by day.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us: a stained tissue and a clean tissue
symbols of how things we do sometimes make us less than God wanted us to be and how God can restore us through His forgiveness
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: a stone and a safety pin
symbols of hard, difficult times when we need to hold onto God to do the right thing and a safety pin to represent God keeping us safe.