Today I had the wonderful experience of introducing the labyrinth to 4 year old children at my college's early learning centre. In consultation with their teacher we asked the kids to walk the labyrinth in pairs holding hands. The children were getting used to working this way in their kindy routines so it was a perfect way to have them walk their first labyrinth. I prayed with them then guided them into the spiral labyrinth's entrance. It was fascinating to observe how they walked it. Some of them walked along the line rather than in the middle of the path. Some got lost along the way to the centre. In the centre I asked each of the children to take three deep breaths before they started to walk back out. Some children rushed back out of the labyrinth. Some swapped turns of who led the way and who followed. Some walked side by side rather than in front and behind. All of the children walked the labyrinth quietly in appreciative silence. It was beautiful to watch their minds and bodies encounter the labyrinth for the first time and for them to do so companied with another child, hand in hand.
The above video of 40 images of Jesus in the desert by Simon Smith put to an Explosions in the Sky song by Adam Young. Suitable for Secondary students (4.05)
Recharge your heart and soul this Lent on a MacBook by Xt3.com. Suitable for Secondary students (2.02) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PMB2c7pLY0
What is Lent all about? Song by Fr Rob Galea and finishing quote by Pope Francis by xt3.com. Suitable for Secondary students (3.12)
The story of 40 in the bible and its culmination in Jesus rising by Foothills Christians Church. Suitable for Primary students (2.05)
Children from Catholic schools reflect on what Lent means to them and what they will sacrifice during the season by Catholic Courier. Suitable for Primary students (2.56)
Ash Wednesday and Lenten practices in 3 minutes by Busted halo (some Catholic Themes but useful for all Christians). Suitable for Secondary students
“I killed Jesus” why the passion and death of Jesus matters told through the characters of the passion by xt3.com. Suitable for Secondary students (3.51) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCknqGtjsQwQGU8VigXD7w4Q
What is Easter? By Emily Kim with Beautiful Things song by Michael Gungor (4.34)
What is the meaning of Easter? What significance does the resurrection of Christ have for us today? Suitable for Secondary students (2.10)
Easter according to kids by Southland Christian Church. Suitable for Primary and Secondary (2.57) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdn1R90kX9A
The Rabbit and the Resurrection by the Skit Guys. Suitable for Primary and Secondary students (2.00) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O2Us6f05CQ
Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday by Holy Moly Sparkhouse. Suitable for Primary students (5.00) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipAcuR-NiYc
Good Friday by Holy Moly Sparkhouse. Suitable for Primary students (4.51)
Easter by Holy Moly Sparkhouse. Suitable for Primary students (3.18)
Proofs of the Resurrection by One Minute Apologist. Suitable for Secondary students (3.30) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzNREgNC11k
I recently made some temporary labyrinths on a Year 7 Camp. It was the first time I had made an indoor labyrinth and it was very easy to do. So easy, that with the right equipment, I used up 150 metres of masking tape!
On the first night of the camp we had 60 girls spending sometime in reflection and journalling followed by the labyrinth walk. We were in a carpeted dining room and because of the number of girls I made three labyrinths of masking tape on the carpet. To do this I had to purchase a particular style of packing tape dispenser from Officeworks which I could modify. What I did was take off the short plastic handle from the metal base plate and screw it to a longer wooden handle at the right angle for me to walk with it to roll the sticky side of the tape on the floor.
The labyrinth pattern that I followed from the centre out was a six ringed spiral which was then adjusted to provide an entrance, a parallel short path and two 180 degree turns. The labyrinth was easy to make with the right equipment and a hand drawn pattern to follow. On the second night when it was the boys turn to walk them, it was a delight to see some of the Year 7 boys kneeling in the centre praying. What a witness to the other students who were new to our school!
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