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God loves you just as you are!
We are all made in the image of God in all our diversity. Every skin colour, every (dis)ability, every sexuality and gender expression.
Pride Sunday, the first week in June, gives us an opportunity to shout these truths to the roof tops! But each community also celebrates at different times during the summer. Here are a few ideas to help make your celebrations special.
Beyond the Rainbow
When we think Pride we often think of the rainbow flag. But there are so many more flags to represent the LGBTQ2IA+ community! Here’s a few you might want to familiarize yourself with.
Selina wrote a jelly bean prayer to use with kids. It is inspired by the meaning behind the 1978 pride flag designed by Gilbert Baker and friends, and the “progressive” version which appeared in 2015.
A rainbow feltboard
Did you know each of the colours in the rainbow flag are symbolic? Red is Life, orange is Healing, yellow is Sunlight, green is Nature, blue is Serenity, and purple is Spirit.
How do we invite kids to enter into quiet meditation? We love examples like this Rainbow Breathing Exercise that some Occupation Therapists use.
We can also do simple exercises together like the God-Light exercise where we breath in-and-out God’s light, filling each of part of our body breath by breath. Or try using the image of God’s love filling us up from our toes to the the top of our heads, like a water being poured into a glass little by little.
I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
You have approached even the smallest details with excellence; Your works are wonderful; I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.
Psalm 139:14 The VOICE
Getting creative with all the colours of the rainbow!
We love these rainbow collages made with cardboard. You can use all sorts of scrap paper, bottle caps, and other recycled material!
Share an encouraging message with someone! Painted rocks are a great way to share some affirming “guerrilla art”. You can also graffiti your town in positive chalk art as well.
Decorate a mirror with Mod Podge, paper, ribbons and affirming messages to remind kids/youth they are awesomely and wonderfully made by God!
We love to reuse and recycle! Like Shanna’s Pentecost fabric craft, this one is a rainbow of ripped fabric strips, knotted onto a stick she found in the yard.
We love a hand kite! This one features a rainbow motif but could altered with colours from the trans, bisexual or non-binary flags! You can use these at home or have basket of them for use during worship.
Make a rainbow picture frame with a clip to interchange photos. Add a caption along the bottom in sharpie like “Loved” or “Wonderfully made”. Magnetic tape on the back will let you mount it on the fridge (it’s cheaper to buy in a roll and cut).
Try making a rainbow using markers, coffee filters, and a spray bottle! These look great in a window or as part of a larger art piece.
Create some up-cycled Pride crayon out of broken pieces! Mix your colours or combine similar hues for more variety.
Print Your Own Pride Stickers
Feel free to use these PNGs to print your own pride stickers!
And remember! PRIDE isn’t just one Sunday, or month, in the year. We must affirm and celebrate our 2LGBTQIA+ siblings every day–for God so loves them.