Mosaic Crosses

30 04 2012

At our spring retreat this year, we spent a night thinking about grace and salvation. We looked at the story of the woman caught in adultery and talked about how the message of the cross is that God makes beautiful things out of our brokenness. After singing, playing a game, and talking through this story, we divided into our small groups for a time of creative response. We gave each group a hammer, old towels, and one ceramic tile per person. We invited the youth to smash their tile into tiny pieces as they reflected on the idea of “brokenness.” (The idea was, each small group would amass a variety of different colored tile pieces in the process). Then, we passed out plain wooden crosses (we bought them for $1 at Hobby Lobby), mosaic grout, and plastic spoons, and we let the youth create to their hearts’ content! Hand wipes also came in handy (no pun intended).

If you want to do this craft for less money and less mess, check home improvement stores and ask if you can have their broken tile pieces. But for us, it totally worked to break our own tiles!

breaking tiles

Jordan's cross in progress

Remind students not to eat the grout 🙂

one small group's completed crosses!

Sky Ranch Pics!

24 03 2010

Last week I survived my first youth trip!  We spent three days at Sky Ranch in Van, Texas, for our “Leap of Faith” retreat.  I really couldn’t have asked for a better trip!  The youth were wonderful, the weather was great, everybody got along, and everybody had the chance to learn more about their faith as individuals as well as in small and large groups.

We did Low Ropes:

High Ropes:

And a Sky Ranch original…the amazing Jumping Pillow!