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On October 23, the week before Reformation Sunday, we are doing a Reformation theme morning.

We have a coloring page for younger ages. Older ages will be doing a scripture art project with feathers taped to the paint brushes to write scripture verse. A game workshop will include a quiz tic tac toe on the floor marked with tape. Questions will be about Luther and the Reformation. They will be in teams and hopefully will recall what they learned during the Pastor's "Katie Luther" presentation.

What are you doing in your church?

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Thanks for posting your Martin Luther/Reformation plans, Cathy.

As a Presbyterian we tend to celebrate Reformation Sunday every year too with a Scottish spin.

Several years ago we did this: 
We had the kids create their own kilts featuring their own "clan tartan," with a symbol of their own making and verse of their own choice. It was easy, high profile, well-received by the adults, featured in worship as a "kirkin of the tartans," and provided great fodder for discussion. 

How to create your own kilt:  
You begin with pre-cut white muslin, lots of it.
You purchase various colors of INK pads.
You purchase small ink rollers -one or two for each color pad depending on class size. (low nap)
You also get a bunch of stamps, such as, a cross shape.
You get some colored permanent markers.
You get a bunch of big safety pins to be your "kilt pins" (cheap).
Smocks and plastic gloves for everyone (it's ink).

First the kids add their clan symbol and verse. This is where a lot of discussion comes in. Then they "roll" 10 minutes and it's dry. (Careful not to apply too much; we're "suggesting" a tartan, not duplicating one!) We let them put their (gloved) handprint on it, and invited others to add their hand to a person's tartan, if that person wanted. The teacher's tartan had handprints from all the kids. If a kid applied too much, we sopped it a bit with papertowel.

Kids then "presented" (practiced explaining) what their tartan colors, designs, clan symbol, and verse choice meant to them. 

re: ink pads
We used ink pads from the craft store. I see that Oriental Trading has a set. Don't know if they are water-based, ...which would probably take too long to dry. You want your ink to be the permanent variety so that it dries quickly and stays on the fabric. I've always wanted to re-do this project using fabric paints if I had significant drying time. More coverage on the tartan than ink.  fyi: you can make your own fabric paints by adding glycerol (found in craft store) to stock acrylic paint. Cheaper that way.

oriental-pads

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The old stand-by - Luther's seal and its meaning. Option. Use double-stick tape and attach it to cardboard and cut into a 4 piece puzzle (for little ones).

A few years ago I created a Wittenberg Church Door out of a big piece of foam insulation. I made sheets of paper to look old (rolled edges) that started with "I Believe" followed by a series of lines for the children to write their belief statements (little ones can dictate). At the bottom of the page, I wrote "Here I Stand". The kids could then literally nail their belief statements to the door, just like Martin Luther. I also printed off a copy of the 95 Thesis (translated into English) and nailed them to the 'door' as well. (attachments)

I also have "The Adventures of Martin Luther - Big Book".....published by Concordia Publishing House (unfortunately no longer in print), that I have found helpful. 

I have written a script which is  dialogue between Martin and Katie Luther, with a couple of inserted statements/questions from the classroom leader, about the Reformation. I have two young adults what will be presenting it to our mid-week evening class (grades K-4). (attached)

Hope that is helpful!

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