Around the world today the cross is, arguably, the one universally recognised symbol of the Christian faith, but this unifying sign for diverse Christian communities has been much adapted, decorated and interpreted to convey particular stories that are dear to...
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Around the world today the cross is, arguably, the one universally recognised symbol of the Christian faith, but this unifying sign for diverse Christian communities has been much adapted, decorated and interpreted to convey particular stories that are dear to the community from which they come.
This book tells the stories behind 40 crosses from a wide diversity of cultures and Christian faith traditions and sets out to promote discussion and debate on why this single, historical event continues to exercise such an influence worldwide.
The book is divided into two sections. Section One contains:
Stories, information, Bible links, questions and suggested activities on the 40 crosses, together with suggested prayers and words from across the world based on that particular cross. The material for this section was originally produced in-house by the Church Mission Society.
Section Two contains:
A wealth of extension material ideal for use in the classroom or in collective worship and in church-based activities, including icebreakers, games, prayers and poems, crafts and session outlines for special activity days, assemblies, holiday clubs and all-age worship.
Martyn Payne has been part of BRF's Barnabas in Schools team since 2003, he is the author of A-cross the World; Footsteps to the Feast; Bethlehem Carols Unpacked: Creative ideas for Christmas carol services with Lucy Moore and The People's Bible.
In 1992 Betty Pedley became the Wakefield Diocesan Parish Education Adviser, especially developing all-age worship. She was the co-writer of Children in the Church?, which was published by the National Society and Church House Publishing in 1997. Later, also with Revd John Muir, shewrote Come and Join the Celebration to support the introduction of Common Worship, and this was published in 2001. Betty was a regular contributor to the magazine Together With Children.Betty was priested in 2003 and she moved from her diocesan post to being priest-in-charge of two parishes. She retired in August 2008 but she is still running all-age crafts and is involved in a project for under fives, which is attached to a church in Bradford.