Cross in my pocket — Ana Gobledale, UK

Lectionary 19 September Year C


  • a personal cross that the leader carries with them.  Or if the leader does not have this, the message could be altered to be a time when the leader, also, receives a new cross to keep with them.
  • enough crosses, ideally small metal or wooden ones, to give one to each child


I have something in my bag.

Take out the cross I carry in my purse.

What’s this? [cross]

Do you see any others?

Look around worship room; encourage children to find crosses in the space.

What does a cross remind us of? [Jesus]
I carry this cross to help me remember Jesus, when I am not in church.

Do you ever get angry?
At what or at whom?

Allow children time to respond.

I get angry, too. And sometimes when I am angry, I am tempted to be mean.
That is when I get out this cross and I hold it to remember Jesus, and to remember to be thoughtful and loving, not cruel and mean.

I have something else in my bag…a cross for each of you.
Now you can keep your cross with you to remember Jesus, and to help you be the best person you can be.

Pray with me.
God, thank you for reminders to help us do the right thing. Amen.

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