Fresh hell, people. Gitcher fresh hell here.
I am not making this up. This is what 815 is offering as part of its Lenten resources this year. Here is the downloadable Word file.
Some suggested options for activities are: (can be modified as appropriate)
- Station 1: Bag lunches to be distributed to those in need the next day
Bring goods and organize for a local food pantry.
- Station 2: Create a card using a poster-size piece of paper. Have each pilgrim write encouraging words, scripture, drawings, etc., making sure to write at the level of a primary school student. Send the card to an Episcopal/Anglican school in the developing world.
- Station 3: Have a piece of paper for each pilgrim to write the names of women who have inspired them and why. Include family members, friends, world leaders, historical figures, artists, religious figures and others. Tape pages together top-to-bottom and roll up as a scroll to be read during the corporate worship time.
- Station 4: Provide black and white drawings or outlines of children’s faces. Have pilgrims color the faces. While the group is coloring, ring a bell every fifteen seconds to recognize that another child died from a preventable water-borne illness.
- Station 5: Have a poster-size piece of paper for each pilgrim and a thick black permanent marker. Ask each pilgrim to write the first-name only of every woman they know who had a baby in the past year. When the list is complete, draw a black cross next to the name of every 16th woman. Explain that this represents the plight of women in sub-Saharan Africa, where one in 16 pregnant women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth each day.
- Station 6: Have a bed sheet and a couple of ink pads or finger paints. Have one pilgrim make a handprint every thirty seconds. Explain that the number of handprints on the sheet symbolize how many children have died from malaria during the time you were at the station.
- Station 7: Have pilgrims calculate their carbon footprint and come up with three strategies to reduce it.
- Station 8: Have pilgrims sign and address postcards to members of Congress urging support for the Millennium Development Goals.
Stations of the Millennium Development Goals
At the beginning of each station the group prays together:
God you created us and call us to be in this world,
part of your creative force.
In Christ you teach us the way of salvation.
Help us to live radically in a broken world.
Send your Spirit upon us that we might be
instruments of your peace.
Vocalizing the Millennium Development Goals: The leader will read the goal out loud at each station
Reflection: Participants will reflect on each goal (see below)
At the end of each station the group prays together:
Holy and Mighty
Holy Immortal One
That we might transform the world
When you have passed through all eight stations please return to area around the font.