Our Awesome Kids created some crosses by weaving flax. Thanks Carol and Bee for teaching them how to make them! They look stunning!
Palm Sunday - is a time to remember the day Jesus came into Jerusalem and everyone was pleased to see him. They had a parade for him, sang and waved palm branches.
Why palm branches? In that place, in that time, there were lots of hot, dry, dusty deserts and when people had to travel through them they looked for a safe place to stop and rest. They would look for an oasis in the desert, a lake to get fresh water. At the lake there would be palm trees. No shade sails or sunhats in those days, but the palm trees gave them a shady place to take a break. Travellers would look for those tall, feathery palm trees waving - and they were kind of like a sign saying "Over here! This way! Here's a safe spot for you to rest".
So the palm trees became a symbol for welcome and safety, for rest and sanctuary and love... a symbol for home. So the people in Jerusalem waved palm branches to let Jesus know he was safe, he was loved and he was home. The story and the palm branches remind us also that here are church we have a home, a family, a place where we are loved and welcomed... and that God loves us very much.