Continuing my series on crafts related to the Creed...
(for the rest, check out the "I Believe" activities under the Sharing the Faith tab above)
Highlighting the Four Marks of the Church found at the end of the Nicene Creed, I made this craft as a vehicle for dicussing how the Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.
Here are some topics I would teach as I made this with kids:
-One= Christ founded one Church. It was never his plan for us to break into smaller groups with differing beliefs. When He comes again, we will all be united as one.
-Holy= The Church is the spotless Bride of Christ, good and holy, even though it is made up of broken and fallen people. When He comes again, the Church will enter Heaven as His Holy Bride.
-Catholic= The Church is universal. Our faith is for all people of all cultures of all times. When He comes again, we will see how all encompassing the Church really is.
-Apostolic= The Church is founded on the teachings of the Apostles, and continues to follow their authority today through their successors the Bishops. We are blessed to have leadership in our time by those given authority from Christ.
-The Church is not a building, but is the people. We are the Church, and we make up the Body of Christ.
-We believe all of these things as we say the Nicene Creed- "I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church."
So, for the craft, you will need a copy of the printable (link at the bottom of the post) and one piece of black construction paper for each kid, as well as various colored scraps of paper, glue, scissors, and a circle punch if you have one.