Looking for a simple way to engage the children/ young people in an imagination-sparking idea for All Saints' (November 1st)? Try This.
Get 21** people to stand in a line down the main aisle of your church. If possible the 21st should be a parent with a young child - but that is not essential. The first person in the line should be closest to the place that Baptisms take place.
Tell each person they represent 100 years - so together they represent the 2100 years since the birth of Jesus. (Thus the person nearest the font represents the first century)
** If you don't have 21 willing volunteers, each person in the line can represent 200 or even 300 years: the effect will not be lost
Make a gap at every fifth person so you or the leader can move from the left to the right of the line to be visible to everyone in the fellowship/ congregation for half the time.
The Leader then uses a script modelled on the fourth storyline of interactive stories HERE
Use the script fast so you move quickly from century to century.
Change the Saints in the script to suit your own situation: use local saints, the saints particularly linked to your own church. Use the Saints names of people in your own congregation who will be well known to others. In other words, personalise the list to make it as relevant to your own situation as possible
Develop a short message of the example of the saints - most of whom were/ are ORDINARY people like those in your own fellowship who have had their focus on Jesus as we are all called to have.
We have had real fun with this and it has several times provoked quite a bit of coffee time conversation.
There is also a simple, lively celebration song on this site which has a special Saints' Day verse. You can find it Here