Stations of the Cross For Elementary Students
Our Elementary Classes are learning about the significance of the cross in our crafts rotation this month. In addition to doing a cross craft, students are learning about the Via Dolorosa and participating in a simplified stations of the cross devotional activity. Each year millions of Christians walk the supposed path of Jesus to the cross, the Via Dolorosa, in Old Jerusalem. Along this path there are many stations to meditate and pray. The last three stations are located in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the place where Jesus was crucified, anointed and buried. The walk helps you appreciate Jesus’ amazing sacrifice.
Many Christian churches use artwork to create stations of the cross for a similar devotional experience. Our simplified stations of the cross experience has seven stations. Each station has a picture, a prayer relating that station to a child’s life and a sticker. Each child receives a cardstock cross before the first station. After the group completes a station, each child places that station’s sticker on their cross. This is a great, interactive foundation for a discussion of taking up the cross as Jesus asks. “Take up your cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23)