Remembrance Sunday can sometimes be a tricky day with lots of questions and emotions. This collage craft helps to pick up on some of the themes of the day, gives children time and space to chat and ask questions and provides an opportunity to discuss what it will be like when God makes everything new and there is no more war or pain.
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.[a] 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” Revelation 21: 3-5, NLT
You will need: Red paper of varying patterns and textures, black paper, backing paper, glue
Ask children children to choose some paper as their collage backing paper and then tear up red paper to make petals for their poppies. They might like to draw a poppy shape on the page first and then fill it in, or just go with a freestyle collage. Finish with black paper in the centre of each poppy.
As you tear and stick the paper down, use the time to chat. Discussion could include lots of things:
- relate the tearing of the paper to the destruction of war and what it must have felt like for the soldiers and their families
- Talk about how the churning up of the soil and the distribution of the seeds during the fighting led to the poppies growing there the following year. Life emerged where there had been death.
- Think about God’s kingdom as talked about in Revelation 21: 1-7, where there will be no more death or crying or pain
- What questions do children have? what do they wonder about war or peace or what God’s kingdom will be like?
- use the words of the Revelation verses to help you think about people who died or who were injured in the wars and also about their families.
- Light a candle and put the poppy pictures around it and ask God to wipe away the tears of all of those who are grieving or in pain today because of war.