Creating a worship focus for Lent

Altar focus

We used a purple backcloth for the time of Lent. The model of Jerusalem and the cross remind us that Lent is a time for reflecting on Jesus' life and his final journey to Jerusalem.

Journeying together:

An archway was created out of willow branches fixed into a base, bent over and tied together. Gold and yellow ribbons, feathers, fake animal fur, hessian, sandpaper and natural materials were woven into the archway to symbolise Jesus's time in the desert with the angels and wild animals.

The archway was originally used during "Shed for Lent" a Church Schools of Cambridge project for schools during Lent 2013. It was then used throughout Lent in a local church as a symbol of our journey together through Lent.

Bread and stones:

Stones and a basket of bread rolls were added to a sand tray to represent the desert. A few palm plants were added as a focus, and a picture of the desert was displayed in the background.

This display was originally part of "Shed for Lent", a Church Schools of Cambridge Project.