Becky Ardell Down’s Comment at http://www.worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2013/05/year-c-proper-4-9th-sunday-in-ordinary.html
got me thinking about the possibility of a display about Elijah that could be added to each week as you work through the five stories about Elijah that begin this Sunday. It would be a great way to knit the stories of the Elijah cycle (which is not that familiar to most worshipers of any age) together and to keep those stories before the congregation for a month.
So what if you covered a table with beige burlap (for the dry world Elijah lived in). For interest put boxes or bowls or books under the burlap to create different spots on which to display one item recalling each story. The highest point on the table is the mountain site of the cave. A bowl set on its side with the burlap pushed back into it forms the mountain top cave. Set a good size rock in front to partly cover the cave entrance. To one side of this mountain are a raised spot for Mt. Carmel and two flat areas – one for the vineyard and the other for the widow and her son. On the other side, lay a Jordan River ribbon or strip of fabric and a slightly raised platform for the fiery chariot. I’d set this up for the first Sunday then add story items each week.
It would also be possible to create a simple burlap banner to which items were added each week.
What to add for each story???
- The Widow and her son: as Becky suggests a small pile of barley (find dried barley in the rice and bean section of the grocery) OR an almost empty bag of flour and jar of oil
- Naboth’s Vineyard: a bunch of artificial grapes from the craft store or wherever artificial flowers are sold
- Elijah meets God at the cave: maybe Becky’s paper fan for wind OR maybe nothing at all since it was in the silent nothing that Elijah met God
- Fiery Chariot: go to http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-processquery.pl?code=ACT&SortOrder=Title&LectionaryLink=CProp08 and print a large copy of one of the artist’s depictions of this event. Prop it up as if on an easel.
If you have a small figure that could serve for Elijah move if from story to story as the weeks progress. Find a shepherd figure from a crèche. If your church uses the Young Children And Worship program, borrow one of those figures. Or, any doll that stands or sits up could do the job.
Yes, it is a little late to start on something like this. But, it’s summer and its only Wednesday!!! So maybe…. And thanks, Becky!