The Lord’s Prayer Hunt

PATHWAY
God: Scripture Knowledge
AGE GROUP
10-12 years, 12-14 years
Anticipate Time
1 hour min
GROUP SIZE
2-5, 5-15, 15-30
Values
Cooperation, Initiative, Respect, Thoroughness

Synopsis

Pathfinders seek to find items from the environment which reflect every phrase in the Lord’s Prayer.

Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:

  1. Interpret ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ in a new way
  2. Select natural items to represent spiritual phrases
  3. Reflect on the challenges of the Pursuit

Scripture Focus

Memory Verse

Matthew 6:9-13
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever.

‘The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.’ Anon.
Believe in the Pathfinders in every endeavour! Affirm their creativity and their divergent thinking. In this kind of activity, no one is wrong!

Preperation

  1. Make copies of The Lords Prayer using the phrase patterns outlined in the Appendix.
  2. Prepare the background board for the collage. Paint the board with PVA glue (be generous) and then sprinkle it with sand. When dry shake and the excess will be removed. This will give the board a ‘rustic ‘ appearance.
  3. Collect one or two objects yourself and show them as examples of what they could find.
Materials:
  • All materials will be drawn from the environment.
  • One A2 (ie double A3) piece of heavy card or board for the creation of the collage.
  • For collage: PVA glue, sand, large masonite board or similar as background to the collage, paint brush, wax crayons (optional)
  • The Lord’s Prayer (See Appendix)
  • A copy of Appendix B should you like some inspiration with ideas

Outline

1. Share The Lord’s Prayer before a special camp meal together.

2. After eating, divide the group of participants into teams of four to six individuals. Explain the Pursuit and establish a time limit of forty five minutes.

Task: Each group is to take their copy of The Lord’s Prayer in the phrases as written and decide how they will portray each phrase using collected items from the environment in ‘scavenger hunt’ fashion.
There are four rules to abide by:

  • Nothing is to be purchased.
  • Nothing is to border on the sacreligious.
  • Nothing is to be used which infringes National Park regulations, or without the permission of the owner of the item.
  • The group must be able to explain the link to the group at large.

NB. If your Pathfinders need some ideas to get them going, share SOME of the following (Don’t give them all the ideas, or they won’t be inclined to think for themselves). You may like to collect one or two objects yourself and show them as you explain this Pursuit.
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. (Something really special – unique, ornate, to depict God as special)
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Something shiny, or a star shaped seed – ‘as it is in heaven’, or a nest, for it is the ‘kingdom’ of the bird – observe – don’t bring!)
Give us this day our daily bread. (Something that is a food source for another living thing)
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (Something dead – sin is all about death, or something that has been deformed in its growth)
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Something beautiful next to something ugly – for the idea of ‘delivery from evil’)
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. (A special, natural object – showing God’s amazing handiwork and creative power)
NB. For an outline of what Tauranga Pathfinder Club in New Zealand did with this Pursuit, refer to Appendix B

3. Let the participants go for it! The freedom of expression will be relished and the results may well astound!

4. Ask the groups to place the objects in order as they share the significance of each item with the group. Then ask them to point to the objects and put the Lord’s Prayer in their own words.

5. Create a collage: Bring the board covered with the mixture of PVA glue and sand. Then cover the board with the objects, writing the phrases of the Lord’s Prayer among the objects (use wax crayons or Artline texta). If the object cannot or should not be removed from its environment, illustrate what it is with crayon on the sandy surface, the result will adopt a cave painting appearance.

6. Place your creation on display in the Church foyer the following week. Type up a short description of the Pursuit to be placed with it.
This Pursuit could well be followed up with a similar search: “The Ten Commandments Hunt”, “The Great Ten Parables Hunt” or “The Seven Days of Creation Hunt.”

Debrief

Select from the questions below:
Reflection

  • What was the hardest thing about this Pursuit?
  • Which Were the most difficult phrases to find objects for?

Interpretation

  • How difficult was it to represent something you cannot see (the abstract) with something you can see (the concrete)?
  • What are some things that God has tried to explain to us, and has used words He knows we understand, knowing we can’t understand the real thing? (Heaven: Sea of Glass etc.)

Application

  • Which phrase is your favourite that you can take with you this week?

Appendix

Appendix:
Appendix A

The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever.

Amen.

Appendix B

Tauranga’s Treasures

Tauranga Pathfinders (New Zealand) used both natural objects and drawings to illustrate their collage of the Lord’s Prayer.
Terrific work guys!

Our Father…
The pipi is protected by its shell, so our Father protects us.

which art in heaven…
The crab has his shell which is home to him, so Heaven will be home for us one day.

hallowed be Thy name…
Hallowed means ‘holy’ thus pumice was used to illustrate this in a literal sense!

Thy Kingdom come….
Clouds were drawn to take our attention upward to the Kingdom God has prepared for us.

Thy will be done on earth…
Sand was used for the earth.

as it is in heaven….
Stars and moon were drawn for this.

Give us this day our daily bread…
A piece cut from a bread packet, along with a portion of Communion bread were used here. (Communion was held with our Pathfinder Club on Saturday evening as part of our worship for closing Sabbath)

and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…
Coins were used to represent debt/sins along with a bird’s feather. The feather helps the bird fly away – so as we forgive others that have wronged us, we let such fly away from our minds.

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…
A label from a beer can found around the campsite was used as ‘temptation.’

for Thine is the kingdom…
A flower, and leaves were used to represent God’s kingdom.

the power…
A rock was used to show God’s power.

and the glory, forever.
The sun was drawn to point to God’s glory.
Amen

Matthew 6: 9 – 13