Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Built on the Rock Decorations- Bark of St. Peter

Back in this post, I shared the idea for our CCD theme this year, which is "Built on the Rock."

In honor of St. Peter's job of being at the helm of the Church, we had to have a boat.  Have you heard of the church being called the Bark of St. Peter?  An interesting read about that can be found here

There is also this beautiful quote from Paragraph 845 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
"The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood."

So if you'd like to made a ship like this on a wall or bulletin board, it is remarkably easy.

First, cut a large piece of brown paper the length of the ship, and angle down the sides.  My ship is kind of coming out of a wall, so I only have one angled side.  I named the ship The Bark of St. Peter.  Probably didn't have boat names back then, but oh well.
I also wrote this Scripture verse on the ship:

I created a white sail, added a red cross, and a set of keys to the kingdom.  The cross is simply a piece of 12x18" construction paper with 4x4" squares and 4x8" rectangles cut out of the corners.

You can print the keys here.
Then we added a "real" fishing net.  I got the net here and the fish are just stickers from Dollar Tree.
I held the net on our cinder block walls using sticky clips.  They do wonders.
The water was a scrap of blue plastic table cloth that I bunched up and taped along the floor.
Viola!  Bark of St. Peter!  Visit here for more Built on the Rock theme ideas.